I vote for Sony Vaio SA.
FULL wattage CPU
AMD 6630M w/ switchable graphics (HD3000 on integrated)
~ 1" thin
optical drive (Blu-ray if you want)
and... if you want... SSDs in RAID0
you're not going to find another 13" that compares to it other than the Sony Vaio Z. Any other laptop will be missing something.
here's me comparing it to a ton of other 13" machines:
in reply to OP,
if you're looking for something with discrete graphics, 13", 900p or higher display and under 4 lbs, there's not much.
There are the Acer timeline series with their beefy GPUs but, i question acer build quality and their displays are 720p only
Thinkpads, but only intel integrated (as stated above) and 720p
Toshiba Protege laptop, but again only intel integrated and 720p
13" MBP: integrated graphics 720p (albeit it's 16:10)
13" MBA: integrated graphics, LV CPU, 900p screen though!
Samsung Series 9: integrated graphics and i believe LV CPU...
Did i forget anything else? The only thing that comes close to your Z1... is the Vaio SA... or Z2... so... sorry!
edit2: Also there's the Asus Zenbook, but ULV, no backlit keyboard, but 1600x900 display
The Vaio Z + 1080p upgrade is a very nice option (but can you handle 1080p on a 13" display???)... on a side note, sad to say that the Vaio Z won't be the only small screen with 1080p for long... since Asus and Acer have announce tablets with 1080p and even 1200p panels... so sad... I want my next laptop to have 2560x1600
edit3: where are you located OP, that'll help us also to determine your options.Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 1/31/12 at 1:22am