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2021 Vaio Z Review

Lisa Gade reviews the Vaio Z, an unusually powerful 14” Ultrabook with a 3D carbon fiber casing. The Vaio Z isn’t exactly an Ultrabook because it has a significantly more powerful Intel 11th gen Core i7 35 watt CPU rather than the usual 15 watt Ultrabook CPU. The 1 kg laptop has a wide gamut matte 4K display (overseas will likely see a full HD option available too). Thanks to PCIe 4, it has extremely fast SSD speeds. Thunderbolt 4, Intel Wi-Fi 6, a fingerprint scanner and Windows Hello IR camera with presence detection are standard. This is the most expensive Vaio model (the company is no longer owned by Sony). It somewhat competes with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano that we reviewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO19amhwpVI .
Virtua Sega : This woman doesn't sleep on anything she covers every laptop as soon it drops let's give her the million subscribers she deserve
andykillsu : Holly cow, is VAIO ever going to update the VAIO Control Center? That still looks exactly the same on my VAIO Flip 15 from when Sony still owned VAIO.
InfinityOrchid : I can almost get two Zephyrus G15 with that price!
Louis Subearth : Hopefully Vaio will also refresh their other laptops soon, because while this is an interesting design, $3k is a lot even for a business machine nowadays.
Joey Barretta : Good to see you back! May Texas recover quickly.

Sony's 1999 Forward Looking Vaio Slimtop PC

Sony finally entered the PC market at the end of the 90s. Despite being a late contender, they made a huge impression with their immediately iconic and stylish Vaio line. This is a look at their Slimtop system that packed a number of new features into a small package.

This computer has been so much fun to work with. It's really cool to see what the higher end systems of the day would have been like and for all this computer's quirks, it is extremely usable. I really can't think of any one thing that is missing that I would want to add. So they did a very good job of getting the most out of it. The LCD is a bit tired, it may be worth exploring a CCFL-LED replacement some time, I like the system enough that I may want to do it. But I'm just going to enjoy it as it is for now.

I am a bit disappointed by the performance of the system with the 8MB of VRRAM. It leaves the computer really imbalanced, but that's exactly the kind of thing you should expect when you get a unique system like this. I'll mention it here, I know I could attempt to locate more or different RAM chips that could be manually added to the board to increase it, that isn't practical and I won't be looking into it. It would be more likely that I would make a DVI adapter for the monitor and put in a different video card. That would also be impractical, but at least I would have more options then.

Other Videos:
My last video on getting this system up and running: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PcWXyiqF40
Sony SOBAX Calculator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFnvu3tRLoo
Daylight simulation lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSd6QN4aIlE

I have already backed up the entirety of this computer's HDD and uploaded it here: https://archive.org/details/sony-pcv-l.-630



Thanks to PixelPipes for the video of the card version of the Rage 128 Pro!
https://www.youtube.com/user/Reputator

More Info:
Steve Jobs on Vaio: http://nobi.com/en/Steve%20Jobs%20and%20Japan/entry-1212.html

Slimtop LCD compatibility and protocol info: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=\u0026sl=ja\u0026tl=en\u0026u=http%3A%2F%2Fniga2.sytes.net%2Fat%2Fvaio_dvi.html

Sources:
Vaio Slimtop and VG-180 Ads: https://books.google.com/books?id=lGFRmRDHVMkC\u0026pg=PA59
Infoworld Slimtop Review: https://books.google.com/books?id=G1AEAAAAMBAJ\u0026pg=PA45
VGA 1997 Active Matrix Monitor: https://books.google.com/books?id=GvauLEzhsUwC\u0026pg=PA84
Slimtop LCD compatibility and protocol info: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=\u0026sl=ja\u0026tl=en\u0026u=http%3A%2F%2Fniga2.sytes.net%2Fat%2Fvaio_dvi.html
About Vaio: https://web.archive.org/web/20140112083228/https://blog.sony.com/2009/08/answered-what-does-vaio-stand-for-anyway/


Playlists of more stuff like this:
Computers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJVwF78cppBjb_EinOYA2QnzaNwryOvfE
Windows 9X: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJVwF78cppBjGDbw0LCuXNlPs99T4td3d
1990s: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJVwF78cppBgFZG7xmmvAeerrjv1jiCvM


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Tech Tangents : The shots with me are slightly out of focus. I would have normally reshot that but my throat was killing me when recording this and I didn't have enough time to redo that and re-edit the entire video to match the new takes.
LGR : Ahh man I loved this overview, great work! Vaio machines of this era are still just the coolest thing to me, and this one in particular is gorgeous in both design and completeness. That gray and lilac has aged gracefully.

Coincidentally I've had two Vaio retrospectives in the works for a while now, so it's neat to see the similarities here to those machines -- and all the differences! Especially compared to the Japanese Vaio desktops of 1999, it's fascinating how they tailored their systems for each country. Like I can't imagine a US market Vaio ever got a built-in karaoke mode or MiniDisc authoring tools for instance, heh.
Adrian's Digital Basement : Great review of a great looking machine!
john Dingo-Fox : So Sony has another model that you should look for You will absolutely be floored if you can find one Sony made a computer that has a micro computer with a CD drive bolted below the display and what’s really odd as you don’t see a lot of these machines but if you could find one it is the wildest machine you’ll ever see because it literally looks like the PC is floating under the screen
PixelPipes : I definitely agree about the look of this PC. It's odd seeing it boot Windows 98, as it looks like a newer generation of computer. In fact, it seems like it was THE computer to usher in that new era, breaking away from the beige boxes for good. A really fascinating transitional system!

Also, imagine having the reworking skills to swap out those VRAM chips...

Sony's $3,000 MiniDisc PC from Japan – Vaio PCV-MX2

Exploring a multimedia PC from the year 2000: the Sony Vaio PCV-MX2! And it's a beautiful silver hi-fi beast of a thing. Not only is it a Windows 98 desktop computer, but it's packing a built-in amplifier, CD/DVD player, FM radio, and a MiniDisc drive, all usable via remote control. Fantastic hardware that was only sold in Japan, let's test it out!

● LGR links:
https://www.patreon.com/LazyGameReviews
https://www.twitter.com/LazyGameReviews
https://www.facebook.com/LazyGameReviews

● Download an archive of the hard drive contents here:
https://archive.org/details/sony-vaio-pcv-mx2-hdd

● All background music licensed from:
http://www.epidemicsound.com

#LGR #Retro #Computers
Tech Tangents : That was a fantastic look at that computer! So cool to see the weird changes to the hardware for the media focus.

I bet the MD drive is just connected to a serial or USB port and the output of the sound card with that interface board sending the same kinds of syncro commands you would get on a standalone device that could rip a CD to MD. So it's probably not directly accessible to the computer at all.

I had a similar issue with Aureal DOS sound support on my Vaio Slimtop when I was working on that. If yours is similar to mine the drivers it came with suck and if you install another proper 8830 driver it should work. Once I did that I got DOS sound working in the Windows 98 DOX box but I don't think it worked in DOS Mode still.
BALLOON ふうせん FU-SEN : I know a introducing MSX. so I'm very happy to introduce you to a Japanese PC and see some great comments on it. As a Japanese, I used to use VAIO and iMac side by side. Also, a small size VAIO has existed since the Windows 98 era. Sony knew the demand. I used it for a while. Sony VAIO for me is just a good memory.
scott small : I still use my MD everyday. I have a home stereo with it, walkman and have a head unit in my car. Everyone that gets in my car always gets a kick out of it. Love not worrying about scratching them as I stack them in my car. What an awesome tower you have shown us. Thank you and keep MD alive.
Jasmine Johnston : Hey LGR I bet you didn’t know this: The V and A in the VAIO logo make up an analog wave while the I and O represent a 1 and a 0 representing digital computer code!
Veezyjung : That editing masterpiece needs to be uploaded to the Blerbs channel so it can be properly appreciated.

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