New Sony Z Series - External GPU - Actually Works

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  1. RatcHeT-x

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    Hey everyone,

    On Thursday Afternoon's news section you may have seen:

    Last night, I was infact invited to a an event run by Sony in Sydney (free flights + accom YEAH!) where they were showing off all their newest products in a hands on demonstration.

    Anyways, they had a Z-Series laptop setup displaying onto 4 monitors simultaneously. 2 from the laptop itself, and 2 from the Power Media Dock that is included. The Power Media Dock includes the optical drive, a GPU and additional ethernet etc.

    The Laptop weighed in at 1.4kg from memory and was running an Intel i7 CPU 2.7->3.4 is what the Sony Rep said, not sure if this can be confirmed!??

    It was running an Intel HD 3000 internally and a AMD 6650M in the Power Media Dock, 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, and DUAL 256GB SSD's striped.

    Oh and with the attachable battery which clips onto the laptop itself the battery life is upto 14 hours!
    As for the multiple displays, the Power Media Dock works flawlessly! I used it for a few minutes and there was no lag that I could feel in normal computing or Blu-Ray watching. I didn't try it in a game though.

    Just thought I'd post this, pretty exciting stuff imho. However, the price when I asked...$3999 :lol:

    Pic: http://i52.tinypic.com/xmv4h4.jpg

    Cheers!
    RatcHeT

    Agg edit: RatcHeT-x sent some more info and pictures via email which I thought I'd simply add to this post to keep all the info together:

    Some time last year, Sony invited about 1000 people to an invite only
    group called Sony (X) in which members are invited to take surveys,
    trial new products, give feedback and the like.

    Last year they held an event called Sony Sessions which was basically
    a product demonstration of their newest products, some of which were
    unreleased.

    This year, Sony Sessions 2 was held and I was one of 5 people lucky
    enough to win return flights, accommodation and airport transfers to
    Sydney.

    The event was at The Establishment on George St in Sydney's CBD on the
    30th of June from 6:15pm to 8:15 pm.

    Sony had setup their newest laptops, DSLR cameras, CyberShot cameras,
    NEX cameras, 3D TV's, Internet TV's, 3d Monitors, sound systems and
    more. All of which we could try out. They also ran us through new
    services which Sony is rolling out, such as Music Unlimited and new
    channels available on Internet TV.

    I remember that on last Thursday Afternoon's news section you linked to new
    Sony laptops that were announced with an external GPU and I posted
    about these here. Agg: above

    Also of note are the NEX cameras which are mirrorless and compact, yet
    with interchangeable lenses and produce image quality right upto par
    with their DSLR range.

    Throughout the night there was free food and drinks, and guests were
    invited to think up a tagline for any product and one entry would win a
    Bravia 40" TV. Jason Yu won this with his tagline of "A Necessary
    Desire" for the Z series laptops.

    I'm not sure what more to write, except that it was a great, well
    planned event and that I've uploaded a bunch of images:


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  2. timochy

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    nice
    love the design, will definatly be getting one when its out
    where do i sign?
     
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    The bottom of the mortgage forms. :p

    Did you get a good look at the 13" 1080p screen, Ratchet?
     
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    I'll likely buy the old model. I do not like the idea of separating the alternate GPU from the laptop. No optical drive does not bother me. What also concerns me is that drive bay has too many items in it.
     
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    I did have a good look at the 13" 1080p screen. I was surprised actually, it is amazing in terms of looks and graphical quality, and even at the high res wasn't stressful on the eyes.

    Timochy, I can probably get them to hold one for you? At $3999, your choice if it is worth it. I mean I would get one, but have nowhere near that cash.

    2SHY, why don't you like that idea? Lots of people already use external monitors for work etc., this just stays setup in palce and you get another 2 screens out of it!

    And I have submitted the whole night to Agg/News, see how it goes.
     
  6. oh_noes

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    I'm curious to see how Windows handles drivers and displays in this manner.

    I could only imagine the endless driver trouble running Intel, Nvidia and/or ATI at the same time. Add on 64 bit signed drivers, etc and I'm sure it'll take vendors a while to iron out all the bugs.

    The technology though is very cool. I love how the current direction of technology is for small/tiny laptops and a docking station with additional disks, video, sound etc over light peak. I wonder how long it'll take for the laptop to ship with a low power i3, and a docking station with 2x i7's waiting to be plugged in.
     
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    Isn't it just Intel and AMD graphics?

    No Nvidia hardware/software in the Vaio Z from what I can see.

    Personally I would hope that there aren't too many teething problems. Switchable on-off graphics have been around for some time now and Sony have had a decent implementation of switching graphics on the fly for the past several years.

    Vaio SA w/ 1600x900 res looks pretty appealing as a nice compromise between the lower end ultraportables and ultra high end Z.
     
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    Everything worked fine in the night, except for when the rep accidentally moved the laptop and the dock fell, it cut out for all of 2 seconds and was back to normal. No problems at all int he technology when I tried it out, tried a bluray and it worked fine too.

    Really great technology, just wish i had the $$$$.

    Oh and how long does it take for news to get approved?
     
  9. timochy

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    is $3999 the top spec?
    really only need......
    extra ram
    win ultimate
    1x 256 ssd
    1080p screen
    flat undertray battery
    dont need external gpu
    its not out in aus yet?
     
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    Yup 3999 is top spec. Comes out mid July I think.
     
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    just have to wait then
    no inbuilt drive is a bit of a bum but no big deal
    coming from a tt series which is 11" and still fits in a blueray player but not much can be done.
    the one thing i love about sony's is the screen
     
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    Hmm, very interesting. This is going ahead though, that I can confirm!
     
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    So when will we have a firm announcement for the new Z by Sony Australia since it's already on the their UK/European site?

    My Z128's warranty is just about to go out of warranty :p

    The only issue i have with the hybrid graphics is that Sony are extremely slow with driver updates. I can recall only having one update to the graphic drivers early on when i purchased my Z128. We basically had to wait and download the new drivers they made for the Z138 from the US... maybe it was a Nvidia thing so I hope the AMD relationship will improve things.

    Also with the move the AMD instead of Nvidia, we'll miss out on the CUDA hardware acceleration for Adobe CS5 products.
     
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    I contacted them for you via Sony X :)
     
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    Has anyone bought one from a local retailer? (eg HN, Sony Centre).

    Just wondering if you bargained and how much you got it for?
     

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