Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The first Apple computer without Thunderbolt

Sony just introduced its new ultra portable, the VAIO Z, which has the distinction of having a variant of the Thunderbolt owner that connects the computer to the Media Power Dock contains an external graphics card and a Blu-ray. Instead of port Mini Display Port, it uses a modified USB port, but the firm says although it is the architecture code by the name of Light that allows Peak to channel four PCI-Express (see "Thunderbolt: 10 gigabit / s, 10 W, Light Peak").

The idea has the merit of being interesting. Sony uses the technology from Apple and Intel has a different purpose. If we doubt that it benefits the cause of the Thunderbolt, the firm tries to Light Peak in the hands of individuals, which is not the case for device manufacturers today are compatible (see "+ 800 MB/s hard to Thunderbolt ").

The graphics card's Media Power Dock is a Radeon HD 6650M, which has 1GB of DDR3. The resort also has an HDMI port and a VGA port. It is therefore possible to connect two monitors to the dock and a screen to the computer to take advantage of four monitors if you include that of the laptop that has a diagonal of 13.3 inches and a resolution of 1600 x 900.

The Power Media Dock also includes a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It weighs 685 grams. The idea of using an external graphics card on the Thunderbolt is interesting, but it is limited to entry-level model coupled with smaller IGP. Indeed, the port carries only four PCI-Express 2.0, which is insufficient for higher-end cards.

Nevertheless, the idea of offering a Blu-ray multimedia station needing only the processor and software for the computer to work should appeal to users who want an ultraportable, but not wishing to invest in a desktop to meet its gaps. The computer connected to it is impressive. It includes a Core i7-2620m clocked at 2.7 GHz and can go up to 3.4 GHz TurboBoost and Business 64-bit Windows 7, a total of SSD Raid 0 256 GB, Intel HD 3000 IGP and Traditional Wi-Fi modules n, 3G and Bluetooth, two USB ports and a standard 1.3 Mpixel webcam.

It weighs 1.18 kilograms, which is lighter than the MacBook Air 13-inch reach 1.32 kg. It is also slightly thinner with a thickness of 16.65 mm against 17 mm for the model at the apple. The VAIO Z has a battery life of 7 hours according to the manufacturer, but you can double it with an external battery that is attached underneath the aircraft.

Prices remain unknown, but Sony announced in a statement that the European release is scheduled for late July. Apple is expected to present an update of the MacBook Air next month. No doubt Sony has complicated the announcement of the firm at the apple by offering an alternative.

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