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Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN (Vaio VGN-SZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 2100 euro
Average Score: 83.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 47%, performance: 82%, features: 40%, display: 92% mobility: 62%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 68%, emissions: 63%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN

Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN/C
Source: notebookforums.com English
Due to its lightweight this Sz model is an ultra portable notebook with a fast Penryn T9300, a very bright 13.3" LED backlight display and a fast HSDPA access. The lightweight comes from the solid base construction, made of a high-tech composite material, called CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics), which also gives the machine its strength besides the lightness. Even with its initial high price, this notebook retains a good after life resell value, where one can get 70% of the original buying price, if one can find someone that wants to depart with it. Sony has replaced this model with a split of the T and Z models, yet this SZ series can be marked as a cult notebook for many business users and Sony fans.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%

Foreign Reviews

87% Test Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN/C Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/18/2008
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 40% performance: 79% display: 92% mobility: 88% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 80%
80% Sony Vaio SZ71WN
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 40% display: 90% mobility: 30% workmanship: 60% ergonomy: 50% emissions: 30%
Review (VGN-SZ71WN/C.G4)
Source: Notebookforum.at German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/05/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 95% workmanship: 100% emissions: 80%
Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/15/2008
Rating: display: 95% mobility: 40%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» 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.


T9300:

The T9300 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and similar to the T9400 but with a lower FSB.

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


13.3":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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


1.8 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


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.

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83.5%: 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.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-03-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)