When I talk about ultraportable notebooks, one of the devices that comes to my mind is Sony’s VAIO Z. Introduced in 2008, the VAIO Z gave customers compelling performance in a beautiful, thin chassis – both of which would hit the wallet hard. Still, there were a lot of people who found that the high price was worth it; after all, it’s a beautiful powerhouse of a laptop.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – including the VAIO Z. Sony told The Verge tonight that once this last remaining batch is sold, the series will be no more, as the company has ceased production.

The announcement of the Z’s discontinuation comes after a round of Windows 8 device announcements made by Sony just today. According to Sony, these types of ultraportable notebooks have no place in the future of Windows devices – and as such, Sony will “embrace the touch experience” to better fit in with Windows 8.

Unlike some other discontinued devices from competing laptop manufacturers, the VAIO Z will not be going on any sort of firesale. The company still views the Z as a current model in the lineup, and will continue to do so until the last model sells. Sony plans for that time to come before the end of the year, so if you want a brand-new model, now is the time to get it.

[The Verge]