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Sony Vaio Z Laptop: Let Down By Its Power Media Dock?

We can't help but think that the Vaio Z laptop could have been a much better product had Sony chosen to re-engineer its Power Media Dock into something much more elegant and practical.

As it stands, Sony connects the PMD to the business ultra portable laptop through a proprietary connector, using Intel's LightPeak technology and with the help of two cables (the LP one and a power cable).

As for the PMD itself, it is a tad longer than an external optical disc drive and includes VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports. Sony has discarded i.Link (Firewire) from the PMD and the laptop but is still sticking to Memory Stick storage format.

You do get another HDMI and VGA port on the laptop which allow you to connect three more screens for a grand total of four displays in all. But - and here's the deal breaker - why didn't Sony combine the optional flat extended battery peripheral with the PMD into one sleek useful docking station?

That particular accessory allows users to extend battery life to up to 16.5 hours which would make it a real hit with Vaio Z users on the move; merging both together, even if it meant less juice does make perfect sense as it would reduce the amount of accessories (and cable) that users would have to lug around.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.