Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MN


Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MN (Vaio VGN-BZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.7kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 63%, features: 65%, display: 70% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MN

80% Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN review
Source: Techradar English
Sony's BZ-range is aimed at the corporate user, and the Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN (£615 inc. VAT) is an affordable, comfortable and attractive laptop. You'll find similar styling aspects to those found on the more expensive VAIO models – such as the cylindrical hinge and green LED lighting – but finished in dark grey it's more conservative than consumer models. As a business machine, few laptops comes close to the Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN. Its impressive blend of performance, quality and excellent battery life make it a great choice for mobile users.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook Does this VAIO impress?
Source: Pocket Lint English
A comfortable and well-made business machine offering style, quality and an impressive battery life
8 von 10, Preis gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht, Ausstattung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 40% features: 50% mobility: 80%
Sony - VAIO BZ-11MN review
Source: IT Reviews English
A no-nonsense, well-built business notebook with a good blend of performance and features, although it would be good if the screen had a higher resolution and the 160GB hard drive wasn't so full of pre-installed software; that may be fine on a home notebook but it's a bit of a waste on a business one.
Verarbeitung gut, Leistung gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/28/2008
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
71% Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MN review
Source: CNet English
The Vaio VGN-BZ11MN is a cost-effective workhorse of an office laptop, whose integrated webcam could prove to be a boon for professionals who like to keep in touch with a set of distributed contacts. We like the manual switch for wireless networking, and the keyboard is good enough to allow fast touch typing.

There are some definite budget elements to this laptop, however. The screen resolution is lower than we would like, for example, and there aren't enough USB ports. Build quality is solid, but the design uninspiring -- which is a surprise coming from Sony. And for a laptop aimed squarely at office use, we're puzzled by the enormous amount of preinstalled software. Some of it will be welcome, but many customers would prefer to have it on CD, available to install if it's required. If you opt for the more expensive £748 BZ11XN model, you'll get a higher-resolution LED-backlit screen, 3GB of RAM and a 200GB hard disk.

7.1 von 10, Verarbeitung gut, Display mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 71% display: 50% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Mobil & kraftvoll
Source: SFT - 10/08 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2008
Rating: performance: 40% display: 80% mobility: 80%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.7 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

Sony reviews

77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-10-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)