Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C


Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/CNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C (Vaio VGN-SZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 64 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 2299 euro
Average Score: 81.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 82%, features: 84%, display: 89% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C

86% Review Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Light noble subnotebook with two graphic adapters Others will definitely begrudge you the Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C, one of those light, compact, and fast subnotebooks. Designed in a preciously way, it combines performance and mobility in a new way. Furthermore, the VGN-SZ61WN/C attracts attention by modern and precious composite materials, additional security features, a switchable hybrid video solution, and a very bright 13.3 inch X-Black display.
Sony VAIO SZ6 User Review
Source: English
Back in 2006, the SZ1 set the standard for power in a small package in the 13" notebook segment. Recently (in October 2007), the Sony VAIO SZ61 was introduced in Europe – two months after it became available as the VAIO SZ6xx in the United States. As the new high end of the SZ line, the SZ6 series is packed with power features. The VAIO SZ61WN is a good blend of portability without sacrificing on power and comes in a stylish and well built package. Its serious speed and processing power is hard to beat. The notebook has an excellent display and the resolution suits the screen dimensions well.
For me as an artist, speaking of technical equipment is always about versatile tools and means for expression and productivity I have to rely on. The SZ61WN is no exception and offers good value for money.
Leistung gut, Display gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Verarbeitung gut
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

72% Sony Vaio SZ61WN/C (Notebook)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 79% features: 80% display: 95% mobility: 51% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 85%
Schlank, leicht und leistungsfähig
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 5-6/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/18/2008
Rating: display: 80% mobility: 80%
Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/20/2008
performance: 90%
88% Test Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 40% performance: 84% display: 96% mobility: 88% workmanship: 78% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 80%
80% Sony Vaio VGN-SZ61WN/C
Source: - 1/08 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 12/29/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60%


NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS: NVidia GeForce 8400M GS is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7400 for laptops and technologically a slower 8400M GT video card (because of the smaller 64 Bit memory bus).


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.


The Core 2 Duo T7500 is a Merom based Core 2 Duo with 4MB Level 2 Cache. It is positioned in the middle class (in 2009) and performs on par with a modern P7550 or Turion II Ultra M640/M660.

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

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display 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.

1.8 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 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

81.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» HP Pavilion dv3000
Core 2 Duo T9300
» Sony Vaio VGN-SZ750N
Core 2 Duo T8100
» Sony Vaio VGN-SZ791N
Core 2 Duo T9300
» Dell XPS M1330
Core 2 Duo T7300

Devices with the same GPU

» HP Pavilion dv2988eg
Core 2 Duo T9300, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6880se
Core 2 Duo T5550, 15.4", 3.2 kg
» HP Pavilion dv2899
Core 2 Duo T5550, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» Zepto Znote 3414W
Core 2 Duo T7250, 15.4", 2.5 kg
» MSI Megabook EX700
Core 2 Duo T7500, 17.1", 3.4 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6699eg
Core 2 Duo T7500, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6750ea
Core 2 Duo T5450, 15.4", 3.1 kg
» HP Pavilion dv2699
Core 2 Duo T7500, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» Samsung R700-A003UK
Core 2 Duo T5450, 17.1", 3.2 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9655ea
Turion 64 X2 TL-60, 17.1", 3.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6675us
Core 2 Duo T7250, 15.4", 3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6500z
Turion 64 X2 TL-60, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6450eg
Turion 64 X2 TL-56, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6599eg
Core 2 Duo T7300, 15.4", 2.8 kg
» Dell Vostro 1400
Core 2 Duo T7100, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» Dell Inspiron 1420
Core 2 Duo T7500, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» Dell Inspiron 1520
Core 2 Duo T5250, 15.4", 3.3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6598eg
Core 2 Duo T7300, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» Samsung R70 Aura
Core 2 Duo T7100, 15.4", 2.7 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Acer Aspire R7-371T-78UV
HD Graphics 5500, Core i7 5500U
» Dell Inspiron 13-7352
HD Graphics 5500, Core i5 5200U
» Asus ZenBook UX303LN-R4359H
GeForce 840M, Core i5 5200U
» HP Spectre 13-4003NF x360
HD Graphics 5500, Core i5 5200U
» HP Spectre 13-4002nf x360
HD Graphics 5500, Core i7 5500U
» HP Spectre 13-4000nf x360
HD Graphics 5500, Core i5 5200U

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-01- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)