Sony Vaio VGN-G Series

Sony Vaio VGN-G21XPProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500, Intel Core Solo U1500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 12.1 inch
Weight: 1.1kg, 1.2kg
Price: 1800 euro
Average Score: 78% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 53%, performance: 45%, features: 52%, display: 70%
mobility: 88%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 67%, emissions: 53%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/TNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T
Processor: Intel Core Solo U1500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 73.5% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% Sony goes small, but does it still impress?
Source: Pocket Lint English
We’ve always been big fans of the Sony S Series, so we were always going to be the hardest people to please with the Sony VAIO VGN-G11VN/T. It’s a great laptop but there is a deal of compromise to be had to get it to the weight and size it is. It’s a good laptop but we’re sure by the time it gets to version three it’ll be a great laptop.
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8 von 10, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung schlecht, Display sehr gut, Mobilität zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/02/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% performance: 40% display: 90% mobility: 70%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-G11VN/TC
Source: PC Pro English
Sony takes its ultraportables seriously. Every potential weight saving is pursued with tigerish fervour, and the result is this: a 1.13kg notebook that not only includes a DVD writer, but also lasted for an astonishing 8hrs 30mins in our battery tests. With some incredible design and amazing battery life, the G11 is a tempting mobile option.
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4 von 6, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/20/2007
Rating: Total score: 67% mobility: 90%
Mini-Notebook mit mattem Display und langer Laufzeit
Source: c't German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/20/2007
Rating: price: 80% performance: 40% features: 40% display: 90% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-G11XN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-G11XNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-G11XN
Processor: Intel Core Solo U1500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

Sony VAIO G Series Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Sony Vaio G series is an exception to the trend towards widescreen notebooks and has a 12.1” XGA display.  The headline features of the G11 are the 1.13kg (2.49lb) weight and 9 hour battery life. How do these seemingly incompatible features stack up in real life? This review is of the Sony Vaio VGN-G11XN/B which is the less expensive of the two G series models current in the UK at the time of this review. The G series was launched in Europe in early 2007 and a refresh (G21) with dual core CPUs was announced while this review was being prepared. If you need a lightweight notebook with easy-to-read display and all-day battery life then the G11 has to be on your shortlist. The single core CPU means that at times there is noticeable unresponsiveness. The new G21 with a dual core CPU will address this problem but at the expense or reduced battery time (the currently available information for the G21 says 7 hours).
Mobilität sehr gut, Verarbeitung gut, Display exzellent, Leistung schlecht, Emissionen mangelhaft, Preis/Leistung schlecht
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2007
Rating: price: 40% performance: 40% display: 95% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% emissions: 50%
90% Mobiler Geschäftspartner im 12,1" Format
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/22/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50% emissions: 40%
Superleichter Dauerläufer
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/05/2007
Rating: mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-G21XP

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-G21XPNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-G21XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-G21XP (Model)

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

Prüfstand Business-Notebooks mit 12 Zoll
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/11/2008
Rating: price: 50% performance: 40% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
70% Sony Vaio VGN-G21XP
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 30% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50% emissions: 40%
75% Sony Vaio VGN-G21XP (Notebook)
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 43% features: 56% display: 77% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 82%
86% Klein aber oho
Source: Connect - 5/08 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 04/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 79% features: 82% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90%

 

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

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

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


Intel Core Solo: Single core version of the Core Duo and successor of the Intel Pentium M; Because of the 65nm reduced structure width also smaller current consumption than Pentium M (maximally 27 Watts); the performance is comparable with the equivalent clocked Pentium M (somewhat faster because of a few improvements).

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.


12.1: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.1 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

1.2 kg:


78%: 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.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus Eee PC 1201NL
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Asus S121
Atom Z520, 1.4 kg
» Zepto Notus A12
Mobile A A110, 1.373 kg
» Dell Latitude D430
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.488 kg
» Samsung Q35-Caderu
Core Duo T2300, 1.9 kg
» Samsung Q35
Core Duo T2300, 1.9 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook Q2010
Core Solo U1400, 1 kg
» Dialogue Flybook VM
Core Duo U2400, 1.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-G11XN
Core Solo U1500, 1.1 kg
» Samsung Q35 Pro T5600 Bamit
Core 2 Duo T5600, 1.9 kg
» Samsung Q35 Pro T7200 Benson
Core 2 Duo T7200, 1.9 kg
» Acer TravelMate 6291
Core 2 Duo T5500, 2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T
Core Solo U1500, 1.1 kg
» Twinhead Stylebook H12Y
Core 2 Duo T7200, 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R300
Core Duo U2400, 1.2 kg
» LG LW25-BVRG
Core 2 Duo T5600, 1.9 kg
» Asus F9F
Core 2 Duo T5500, 1.9 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro V3205
Core Duo T2350, 1.8 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R400
Core Duo U2400, 1.6 kg
» Samsung Q40-Pro
Core Solo U1400, 1.1 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote BU45
Core Duo T2250, 1.93 kg
» Asus W5fe
Core 2 Duo T5600, 1.9 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X60T
Core Duo L2400, 1.5 kg
» HP Compaq tc4400
Core 2 Duo T5600, 2.1 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U200-161
Core Duo T2300, 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U200-169
Core 2 Duo T5500, 1.9 kg
» Samsung Q40-Pro U1400 Silver
Core Solo U1400, 1.1 kg
» LG LW25-BGSG
Core 2 Duo T5600, 1.9 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
Core Duo L2400, 2 kg

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Sony Vaio VGN-G21XP
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-08-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)