Sony Vaio VGN-SZ71WN


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: 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: 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%


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.


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": 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

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.

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

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

» Getac 9213
Core 2 Duo SU9400
» HP Voodoo ENVY133
Core 2 Duo SP7500
» Dell Inspiron 1318
Pentium Dual Core T2390
» Toshiba Satellite U400
Core 2 Duo T5550
» Toshiba Portégé M800
Core 2 Duo T5750
» Toshiba Satellite Pro U400
Core 2 Duo T8100
» Dell Vostro 1310
Core 2 Duo T8100
» Toshiba Satellite Pro U300
Core 2 Duo T7250
» Toshiba Satellite U300-13V
Core 2 Duo T7700
» Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Core 2 Duo L7100
» Toshiba Satellite U300-134
Core 2 Duo T5450
» Medion MD96544
Core 2 Duo T7700
» Apple MacBook Air
Core 2 Duo SP7500
» MSI Megabook PR300
Core 2 Duo T7300
» Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Toshiba Tecra M8
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Toshiba Satellite U305
Core 2 Duo T7100
» Toshiba Satellite U300
Core 2 Duo T5450

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Getac B300
Core 2 Duo L7500, 3.5 kg
» Dell Inspiron 13
Core 2 Duo T8300, 2.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U405
Core 2 Duo T8100, 2.5 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Si2636
Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.3 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Systemax Pursuit 4164
Core 2 Duo T5450, 14.0", 2.4 kg
» Dell Latitude D630 XFR
Core 2 Duo T7500, 14.1", 4.1 kg
» HP Compaq 610
Core 2 Duo T5870, 15.6", 2.8 kg
» Chiligreen X7
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.4", 3.16 kg
» Medion E5214
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.4", 2.6 kg
» Asus X58L
Celeron M 575, 15.6", 2.8 kg

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