Firemantis - List of the Best Sony Vaio Laptops 2018

Although Sony has now stopped selling laptops almost four years ago. Not many of us noticed this, mostly due to the fact that VAIO laptops are still going strong in the market.

Bought by Japan Industrial Partners, the brand kept its logo and name, and reduced its marketing agreements to the United States, Japan, and Brazil only.

This, however, has not stopped them from innovating and coming up with bold new products like the Z Canvas or the Z Flip, which will be described extensively in this article as they are unquestionably among the best VAIO laptops one can purchase.

If you’ve been interested in getting a VAIO laptop but are now doubting your purchase because they’re no longer manufactured by Sony itself; all we can say is, have no fear: the new VAIO Corporation has not only taken over the brand gracefully but it has been crafting high-quality and extremely fast models with different features that could easily match your needs.

To know which are the best VAIO laptops on the market right now, and what each of them can do, carry on reading for the list:

VAIO Z Canvas

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The VAIO Z canvas was the first laptop the company released once they took over the brand from Sony, and it might still be one of the best selling laptops models today.

It is created especially for digital artists and it is hybrid enough to be used as a tablet or laptop or as needed.

The Z Canvas comes in three pieces, each of them as essential as the other: the tablet-like screen, a wireless keyboard, and the digitizer stylus so you can edit, write, and draw on the screen as if it were a piece of white paper.


This VAIO Z is a configurable laptop that can be ordered according to your needs: it comes with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, while the SSD varies between 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.

The processor is the same for all of them which is an Intel Quad-Core i7-4770HQ 2.20GHz.

The price for the Z Canvas will, undoubtedly, go higher depending on how powerful you want it to be; an 8GB-256GB version costs slightly less than $2,000 but a 16GB-512GB version is nearly $1,000 above that. It is a pricey gadget but it performs beautifully, especially for those who need a touchscreen, which is just as good as the rest of the laptop’s integrity.

Screen and Ports

The 12.3-inch screen displays 2560×1704 pixels, it is LED-lit and makes use of an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 to show colorful images in High Definition.

As for the construction, it is quite a sturdy one and doesn’t feel like it will break down easily: it is made from one solid piece of aluminum that encases all the components, protecting them from accidents or falls.

Because it is a 2-in-1 model, the screen has a back-stand that allows you to set it up separately from the keyboard, which works wirelessly at a decent range in case you want to work in a more comfortable position and not on a table.

Last but not least, the ports: in a world where the importance of ports has been forgotten by many manufacturers, VAIO sells you a laptop that brings two USB 3.0 ports, an SD memory card reader, a mini DisplayPort that can be connected to two 4k monitors, HDMI output, and a LAN port. So basically, it’s a connectivity heaven for designers and media professionals.

Overall, the Z Canvas might be too expensive for some people but it also offers a great selection of features that makes it worth the price it is sold for.

The laptop’s target audience is digital artists and so far the approval has been great with this group of people.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro Microsoft Signature Edition

Touchscreen: Yes + Digitizer Stylus

Keyboard: Wireless



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VAIO Z Canvas’ came out as a success and then S was next to be released in the market.

A much simpler but still quite powerful model, this one also allows the buyer to order it according to their preferences. However, the only drawback is that the RAM remains the same.


Configurable components include the SSD and the Processor: the former can be either 128GB or 256B while the latter can be an Intel Core i5-6200U or an Intel Core i7-6500U, if you need the laptop to offer a higher performance. It also has an Intel HD Graphics 520 card.

In addition to that, it operates with Windows 10 (you can choose from Home or Pro) and brings with it 8GB of RAM without the possibility of getting it any higher, which eliminates it as an option for all those who need 16Gb or higher RAM.

Screen and Ports

The design is sober and comes in the color black, while the 13.3-inch full HD screen displays up to 1920×1080 pixels.

The S model can boast about its durability, which  can supposedly withstand stress, pressure and impact, making it perfect for those who carry their laptops around, making them vulnerable to falls and bumps.

On the sides, you have access to not one or two but THREE USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI output, LAN port and VGA in case you want to display the screen somewhere else – all of these while still keeping the laptop quite thin.

Another great feature about the VAIO S is that once opened, its ergonomics immediately tilt the keyboard up to reduce stress on your wrists while working. This has proven to be highly useful when you spend most of your day on a laptop.

You can find the VAIO S on Amazon for around $1,100, to which you’d have to add at least $300 more if you want the i7-6500U processor.

Operating System: Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro

Touchscreen: No


VAIO Z flip

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Yet another innovative model from VAIO, the Z flip is a 2-in-one that can be used both as a tablet or a laptop thanks to its “flip” feature, which allows you turn the screen to the outermost side and hide the keyboard underneath.

Because it is a hybrid, it comes with a touchscreen that recognizes a great number of multi-touch gestures. The design is truly a gem while the “flip” is clearly unique in the market and gives versatility to an otherwise normal laptop.


The Z flip cannot be bought on the official VAIO website as it has been discontinued (probably because they might soon release an upgraded version). But you can still find it on Amazon or Siliconnerds, where you can get one of the three varieties available:

  1. A i5-6267U Intel Core processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD,
  2. A i7-6567U Intel Core, 8GB of Ram and 256Gb SSD, or the most powerful one
  3. A i76567U Intel Processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD.


Prices vary greatly in a range between $1,800 and $3,000. Needless to say that this is quite an expensive laptop but its design and functionality may be worth it if you can meet the budget.

The construction relies on very high-quality materials like aluminum and UD carbon, allowing the laptop to be both strong and light at the same time.

Screen and Ports

The touchscreen display is 2560×1440 pixels with its 13.3-inch screen and it also has an 8MP built-in camera that can also scan documents and photographs.

As for the connectivity, you get 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output and the usual Headphone/Microphone connector.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro

Touchscreen: Yes + flip component that turns it into a tablet

Keyboard: Non-detachable but can be hidden behind the screen in tablet-mode



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This one is part of the Z series as well, although in design it might be the simplest and doesn’t have any pioneering features like the Flip or the Canvas. Over time the components and hardware have certainly improved after being released a couple of year ago.


Initially available with an i5 Intel Processor, you can only buy it now with an i7-6567U Intel Core Processor, 8GB of Ram, 256Gb of SSD, and with Windows 10 Pro installed.

The processor chip’s speed can go up to 3.60GHz and work with 4M of cache.

The battery life of this laptop is incredible: when charged properly, it can be in full use for over 14 hours, and that’s a big plus for those who need to move from one place to another without being able to recharge certain devices. VAIO states that this feature was implemented in order to allow users long periods of creativity time without having to stop midway.

Screen and Ports

The laptop comes with a silver aluminium and UD carbon construction and a 13.3-inch WQHD screen that can display 2560×1440 pixels with full color and excellent brightness thanks to its Intel Iris Graphics 550.

On the sides, you get an SD memory card reader, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and one HDMI output.

Among other features is the Instant Go which reduces the waiting time when turning on your laptop from sleep mode to just a couple of seconds. And in case you’re wondering how much it costs, it’s usually less than $1,800 but as of February 2018, you can get it on sale and save around $300 by buying it directly on VAIO’s website so if you’re thinking about purchasing it, the moment is definitely now.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro

Touchscreen: No



Firemantis - List of the best Vaio Laptops 2018

The newest VAIO S is all but an improved and updated version of the already listed S model, recently released by the manufacturer.


Its components are precisely what makes it one of the best VAIO laptops out there: with an Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of Solid State Drive, you get a super fast and multi-task laptop that is perfect for daily work.

Something different from other models that the brand sells, this new S comes in only one configuration and the components cannot be upgraded. However, it might not be necessary as it comes with a Turbo Boost feature that allows the processor’s chip to go all the way up to 3.50GHz to satisfy your requirements.

The new S comes with a fingerprint reader security that doesn’t unlock without your print.

Screen and Ports

The construction is somewhat lighter than older models and it still brings a whole bunch of ports for all those who think that ports are a priority: it has an SD card slot, 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, LAN and VGA ports, and the Headphone/Microphone jack.

Just like the old VAIO S, when the screen is fully opened, the keyboard slightly tilts up reducing wrists and hands stress if you spend too many hours working on the computer. The screen is 13.3 inches big and the display is 1920×1080 Full HD pixels.

The battery is a downside, though. It only lasts 9 hours when the laptop is in full use, but if you are not the type of person who moves around a lot, this shouldn’t be a big problem.

The New VAIO S can be bought on the brand’s official website for around $1,700, though it could get more expensive as it looks like its on sale.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro

Touchscreen: No


Upcoming VAIO S11 and S13

Although they haven’t been announced in the US yet, the Japanese-based manufacturers of VAIO is already accepting pre-orders for the upcoming VAIO S11 and S13 in Japan. These would be the first models of the brand to come out on the market with 8th-generation Intel Core Processors.

Likewise, Solid State Drive would be available in 1TB and the sizes of the screens will vary between 11.6 inches to 13.3 inches. Color availability will also be wider and the cost will be proportional to the specifications that you have chosen for your purchase. One thing we can say for sure is that they will definitely be above the $1,300 mark.

Once released, these will definitely debut among the best VAIO laptops out there. So if you have enjoyed what the brand has done for you so far, make sure to keep an eye on future announcements about release dates in the United States and other countries.



The best VAIO laptop for you will be the one with performance that can catch up with your needs. Also, keep in mind that VAIO is a considerably expensive brand and that your budget will have to be well above $1,000 to get the simplest model.

If you are a digital creative person and want to own a powerful device that can be both used as a laptop and a tablet, the Vaio Z Canvas is the perfect choice. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a normal but fast and responsive laptop, the New Vaio S will definitely give you want you want in terms of ports, processing, and construction, for a more considerably higher price.

Finally, if your plan is to get a new VAIO laptop but not ready to choose the model yet, you can always wait a bit longer until the S11 and the S13 come out overseas and purchase an 8th-generation Processor with 15 hours of battery life. It could be worth the wait if you are loyal to the brand. If you’d like to check out another powerful brand, have a look at this Firemantis Post on Alienware.