Sony Vaio VGN-TZ Series

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ298NProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, Intel Core 2 Duo U7500, Intel Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel Core 2 Duo U7700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch
Weight: 1.2kg, 1.3kg, 2kg
Price: 1500, 1800, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2600 euro
Average Score: 79.93% - good
Average of 27 scores (from 38 reviews)
price: 52%, performance: 62%, features: 78%, display: 88%
mobility: 87%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 52%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11MN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11MNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11MN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 87% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

90% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11MN
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Sony has built on the good points of the TX Series but also taken some inspiration from the iconic X505VP and produced a truly stunning ultra-portable notebook. Sony has mastered the LED backlight technology and created the best notebook screen I’ve ever seen, while Intel’s new dual-core ULV mobile chip is also a triumph for the ultra-portable notebook platform. It could do with more memory, but other than that Sony has pretty much hit the target in every area.
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(von 10): 9, Preis/Leistung 9, Leistung 8, Ausstattung 10, Display ausgezeichnet
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/31/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 100% display: 100%
84% Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11MN
Source: PC Welt - 11/07 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 10/22/2007
Rating: Total score: 84% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 80%
Edel-Techno
Source: Digital Living German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/20/2007
Rating: price: 60% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

 

Sony VAIO TZ Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
I certainly don’t consider myself a road worrier by any stretch of the imagination and have always disliked ultra portables due to their under performing components and a tiny screen. So why would I opt for one of the smallest and thinnest ultraportables around? Read on to find out! My last laptop was a ThinkPad T60p 15” screen which was the lightest laptop I have had, but after a while, the weight just started to get to me. I was almost ready to buy the Sony TX when someone on this forum announced that Sony is going to come out with its successor, the TZ series. Pictures were scarce, but when one did pop up, I was sold, and that was when I didn’t even know its specifications yet. I selected the standard size that sits flush with the back of the machine but has a little small bump on the bottom that tilts the laptop about 10 degrees in the rear. Its actually a good thing as it gives the laptop some breathing room and it barely adds any bulk to it while doubling its power. Another important note is the battery does not wobble when placed into the laptop.
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Preis/Leistung schlecht, Leistung schlecht, Mobilität ausgezeichnet, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/27/2007
Rating: price: 40% performance: 40% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
Edles Subnotebook für große Ansprüche und dicke Geldbeutel
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/21/2007
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% emissions: 50%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11XN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11XNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11XN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 85.86% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

75% Sony VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English
Sony has certainly pushed the limits with the TZ11 and the result is generally extreme in every department. Extremely thin, extremely light, extremely long battery life...and an extremely high price tag. The photos of the Vaio VGN-TZ11XN/B show a classic, smart Sony laptop, but they don’t give any sense of just how tiny it is. The TZ11 is 27.7cm wide (that’s under 11 inches) 19.8cm deep (less than eight inches) and it’s 3cm thick at the back of the chassis where the battery clips on. Move to the front and the chassis measures an anorexic 2.55cm thick. The most startling figure from the specification is the 1.19kg weight, which is thanks in part to the small chassis and also to the judicious use of carbon fibre in the base and lid. Add in a mere 400g for the power brick and mains cord and you should have no trouble finding room in your hand luggage for the TX11.
eher kurz gehaltener Test; online abrufbar

75%, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung mangelhaft, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 50% performance: 50% mobility: 90%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop Review
Source: Pocket Lint English
With the world seemingly obsessed with ever cheaper and cheaper notebooks, it’s great to see that Sony has continued to strive for portable perfection with the release of the VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B. This machine won’t satisfy the everyman looking for a bargain because at £1799 (inc. VAT) it’s out of most people’s price expectations. However, if you’re looking for something a little different this has to be it. Weighing in at 1.2kg, it’s small and compact enough to slip in your typical briefcase, so you don’t need to be seen to be walking around with a laptop bag, which cuts down on the theft factor. The reason for it’s low weight is the miniaturisation of the motherboard that still allows you to get all the normal features of a computer but in a reduced size. What makes this compact size equally impressive is that you’ll find a DVD rewriter built-in. The 11.1-inch Super-TFT screen also helps.
eher kurz gehaltener Test; online abrufbar

9 von 10, Preis/Leistung schlecht, Leistung mangelhaft, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/23/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 50% mobility: 80%
76% Klein und Edel: Sony Vaio TZ11XN/B
Source: PC Go German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2007
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90%
95% Kleiner Riese
Source: mobile Zeit - 6/07 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/02/2007
Rating: Total score: 95% mobility: 95%
85% Test Sony Vaio TZ11XN Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/07/2007
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 60% display: 93% mobility: 90% workmanship: 82% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 76%
90% Ausdauerndes Glühwürmchen
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/04/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 50% features: 60% display: 100% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
90% Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11XN
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/27/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 64% display: 80% mobility: 89% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 70%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12MN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12MNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12MN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

67% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ12MN/N.CEK
Source: PC Pro English
If the TZ12 looks familiar, that's because it's the spitting image of the TZ11 (web ID: 117830), which graced these pages just two months ago. We can't complain, as this version is as desirable as the original, but Sony has made a major change under the covers. Gone is the 100GB hard disk of the TZ11, replaced by a 32GB Samsung solid-state disk (SSD) - one of the very first laptops to contain what some consider the death knell for mechanical hard disks. We're yet to be convinced by that, but SSD does have a number of advantages over mechanical disks, which, for all their tried-and-tested years, still rely on precision moving parts. As they're prone to physical stress, extra layers such as head-parking software (as used by the Toshiba R500, opposite) become necessary, and a single, heavy blow can render the whole disk extinct. Also, seek times are higher because of the need to get a physical head to a specific place on a disk.
4 von 6, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung hervorragend
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/24/2007
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12VN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12VNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12VN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

67% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ12VN/X
Source: PC Pro English
If the TZ12 looks familiar, that's because it's the spitting image of the TZ11 (web ID: 117830), which graced these pages just two months ago. We can't complain, as this version is as desirable as the original, but Sony has made a major change under the covers. Gone is the 100GB hard disk of the TZ11, replaced by a 32GB Samsung solid-state disk (SSD) - one of the very first laptops to contain what some consider the death knell for mechanical hard disks. We're yet to be convinced by that, but SSD does have a number of advantages over mechanical disks, which, for all their tried-and-tested years, still rely on precision moving parts. As they're prone to physical stress, extra layers such as head-parking software (as used by the Toshiba R500, opposite) become necessary, and a single, heavy blow can render the whole disk extinct. Also, seek times are higher because of the need to get a physical head to a specific place on a disk. And, in a product where battery life is the name of the game, SSDs take up significantly less power than their spinning equivalents.
4 von 6, Preis/Leistung mangelhaft, Leistung hervorragend
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/24/2007
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 73.25% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

75% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N / B
Source: PC World English
The preconfigured $2199 (as of 10/9/07) Sony VGN-TZ150N/B is a chic little unit that's made for people who like to travel light. Unfortunately, our test model was slow.
The design is spiffy. The VGN-TZ150N/B has a glossy piano-black keyboard, a sturdy carbon-fiber exterior, and a 2.7-pound minimum weight, one of the lightest weights we've encountered among currently tested ultraportables. The 11.1-inch, LED-backlit, 1366-by-768-pixel screen is very bright, which makes it easy to read despite its small size. The individual keys are slightly raised above the surface of the keyboard for fairly easy touch typing. Another nice feature: two dedicated slots for using an SD Card and Memory Stick simultaneously. For long flights, the Instant Mode button lets you play DVD movies, music, or photo slide shows without first starting Windows, saving battery life.
(von 100): 75, Leistung 67, Ausstattung 79, Preis/Leistung teuer, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/07/2007
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 84% performance: 67% features: 79% mobility: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N
Source: PC Mag English
Usually when I'm introduced to a new laptop, it's when it arrives in our office for review. But I first encountered the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N ($2,299 direct)—and Sony's TZ Series—when I and a handful of other journalists toasted the line with champagne at a press gala at the top of New York City's Rockefeller Center. This 2.7-pound ultraportable's design is all about luxury. Little expense was spared on its gorgeous LED screen, its carbon-fiber frame, and a new keyboard that's reminiscent of the Sony VAIO VGN-X505ZP. But although the TZ150N's exterior is magnificent, more attention should have been paid to what's inside. Its slow processor and a bloated software suite can put a damper on productivity. If this review were based strictly on design, we'd fete the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N with the finest champagne money can buy.


3.5 von 5, Leistung schlecht, Display gut, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% display: 80% mobility: 90%
78% Sony VAIO TZ150N/B
Source: CNet English
The past few months have seen a series of noteworthy ultraportable laptops trotted out, and joining the Toshiba R500, the Averatec 1579, and the Dell XPS m1330 (technically not an ultraportable but still impressively small), is Sony's new VAIO TZ series. Already out in Japan for a few months, this 11.1-inch laptop is now available in the U.S. and replaces the older 11.1-inch VAIO TX as the new flagship of Sony's VAIO line. Combining an ultrathin, LED-backlit display with an Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo CPU, integrated WWAN, and even an optical drive, this system is amazingly only about an inch thick.
At $2,299, our VAIO TZ 150 N/B is actually at the low end of Sony's six preconfigured TZ models and lacks the solid-state hard drive of the $3,000-plus versions. Still, for more than $2,000, getting only 1GB of RAM feels like a bit of a rip-off. And although the dual-core CPU is a step up from the VAIO TX's pokey yet efficient Intel Core Solo processor, the VAIO TZ150's performance failed to impress, possibly weighed down in part by Sony's penchant for bloatware.
(von 10): 7.8, Leistung 5, Mobilität 8, Ausstattung 9, Preis/Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2007
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 40% performance: 50% features: 90% mobility: 80%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N
Source: Laptop Mag English
A striking ultraportable that boasts a stunning display, mobile broadband, and good battery life. Just beware of crapware. You might call it executive jewelry. And you'd be right, but the VAIO VGN-TZ150N (which replaces the TX series as Sony's flagship ultraportable) does much more than make a style statement (view photo gallery). This 2.7-pound Vista Business notebook packs in mobile broadband, a webcam, and a DVD burner. And the display's brilliance and enhanced contrast make it perfect for watching movies on the go. You can even order a VAIO TZ with a 32GB solid-state drive for the ultimate in performance and power savings. With all of the features stuffed inside this micro machine, one wonders how Sony found the room to cram in so much trial software, or "crapware." To be fair, Sony isn't alone in peddling entirely too much trial software. But the VAIO VGN-TZ150N behaved as if it were broken before we deleted some programs and prevented others, such as Corel Photo, Napster, and several apps from Adobe, from launching upon startup.
3.5 von 5, Display hervorragend, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% display: 95% mobility: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ18GN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ18GNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ18GN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ18GN (Centrino Duo)
Source: Hardware Zone English
Can we put a price to style? That's the question that confronted us while gathering our thoughts about the new Sony VAIO TZ series. There is much to admire about the design of the Sony TZ series, from its simple, minimalist chassis, pared down to the essentials so as to maintain its ultra portable form factor, yet flexible and not at all fragile. The unique and seamless integration of the battery into the spine and hinge of the notebook such that it really feels like a book, in both its relative weight and size. Its understated elegance is appropriate for the genial facades of the business world, where impressions are everything and of course, the Sony VAIO brand has established itself as a premium, expensive one that speaks of the finer things in life. For those who can afford it, the new Sony TZ series have both the pedigree and the style to impress your business partners and be the classy companion for the high flying executive. Seriously, this is one of the most well engineered notebooks we've come across and it really exudes oodles of class, style and quality.
4 von 5, Preis/Leistung zufriedenstellend, Leistung zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21MN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21MNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21MN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ21MN (Model)

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

Sony VGN-TZ21MN: Der Globetrotter
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 50% mobility: 90%
Subnotebooks
Source: Handys - 6/07 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/07/2007
Rating: performance: 60% display: 95%
Kompakt, mobil, stark
Source: SFT German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/31/2007
Rating: display: 90% mobility: 90%
90% Sony TZ21 - Zwerg mit ultra-dünnem Display
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 30% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 70%
Sony VAIO VGN-TZ21MN Subnotebook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/03/2007
Rating: price: 60% performance: 40% display: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio TZ10MN/N ultraportable laptop
Source: PC Advisor English
The Sony Vaio TZ10MN/N is a stylish, dinky laptop, with a display just 11in from corner to corner.
It isn't a quick performer and the price tag is intimidating, but if you need a very light laptop with the battery life to see you through hours of work, the Sony Vaio TZ10MN/N may just be your best choice.
The Sony Vaio TZ10MN/N fires up within just a few seconds, revealing an extremely bright and vibrant screen. The Balanced screen mode prolongs the already excellent battery – we got an excellent three hours' use, with nearly twice that in power-saving mode. Sony supplies only a 1.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, backed by 2GB of DDR RAM and a 100GB drive. This combination powered the Sony Vaio TZ10MN/N to a rather lowly WorldBench 6 speed score of 40 points.
(von 5): 4, Preis/Leistung 3, Ausstattung 4, Verarbeitung 4.5
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/19/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21VN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21VNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21VN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ21VN (Model)

 

Leicht und teuer
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 1-2/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/12/2007
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 90%
Leicht, aktuell und flott
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 11-12/07 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/10/2007
Rating: price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11WN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11WNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11WN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 2300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ11WN (Model)

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

 

90% Sony - VGN-TZ11WN/B review
Source: IT Reviews English
It's generally reckoned that there are four categories of laptop. Desktop replacements weigh in at 4kg, mainstream models are closer to 3kg, thin and light models weigh 2kg to 3kg and then you get the really desirable models called ultraportables that weigh less than 2kg.
So where, we have to ask ourselves, does the Sony VGN-TZ11 WN/B fit into that list, as it weighs an anorexic 1.19kg complete with battery and DVD-RAM optical drive?
Add 400g for the small power adapter when you go travelling, but you can probably do without it on your daily commute. Sony claims the charge will last for seven hours with typical use and we found we got more than four hours of constant use out of the battery, which is very impressive.
sehr gut, Preis/Leistung sehr teuer, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 30% mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ31MN (Model)

Average Score: 84.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The changes Sony has made to the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W have been merely cosmetic to keep it in line with other ultraportable notebooks in this price category. However, we remain impressed with what's on offer. While this machine will never compete with the new mini-notebook machines on price, there are no compromises made on performance, usability and design. If you need a state-of-the-art notebook, the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W has to be it.
8 von 10, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% mobility: 80%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN - Ultra-Portable Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The VAIO VGN-TZ31MN is an evolution of last year's TZ11MN, but that's no bad thing - Sony's first TZ series machine did, after all, walk away with the award for best notebook of 2007 here at TrustedReviews. What the TZ31MN brings to the table is a better specification, that improves performance over the old model. It's also good to see Draft-N Wi-Fi finally making an appearance in a TZ machine. At £1,361 the TZ31MN isn't cheap, but considering what you're getting for that money, it's not expensive either. Despite what the Apple fans may think, Sony's TZ series notebooks are still the best ultra-portable machines you can buy.
(von 10): 9, Ausstattung 9, Leistung 8, Preis mäßig
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 90%
83% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN
Source: PC Pro English
Up until recently, Sony had the high-end ultraportable market almost to itself - but that lack of competition didn't stop it achieving great things. The VAIO TZ21 we reviewed in January impressed us with its incredibly low weight and unprecedented portability, even if the price put it well out of most buyers' reach. This impressive ultraportable fills a narrow but handy niche in between the MacBook Air and Lenovo X300.
5 von 6
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ250N

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ250NNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ250N
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ250N Ultraportable Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO VGN-TZ250N is definitely a very small ultraportable notebook system. Rather than going for an ultra thin profile, it uses a smaller LCD screen to keeps its dimensions down. This is great for those looking for a secondary travel computer that provides a lot of performance. Just be warn that the smaller keyboard size may pose problems over extended use.
4 von 5, Leistung gut, Preis/Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ295N

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ295NNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ295N
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Price: 2500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 76.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO TZ Ultraportable Review
Source: Laptop Logic English
Sony’s TZ is a well featured, highly portable notebook with great battery life. Most people will appreciate its sleek, modern design that is stylish yet understated. While the solid state drive speaks to the high tech used in this machine, it adds just as much to the price tag. At over $3,000 USD, the TZ won’t fit in most people’s budgets. In that price range, you can also consider trading some of the battery life for a larger screen and thinner design with competing models like Apple’s MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300.
4 von 5, Ausstattung gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Preis schlecht, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%
73% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ295N
Source: PC World English
The Sony VAIO design team must be ticked. Sony keeps producing geek-chic products like the VAIO VGN-TZ295N ultraportable laptop computer we tested, yet Apple gets all the attention with the MacBook Air. This VAIO looks great, and its screen is phenomenal. But for its lofty price, we'd accept no less than perfection, and it falls just short.
(von 100): 73, Leistung 59, Ausstattung 75, Preis sehr teuer, Display exzellent
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 30% performance: 59% features: 75% display: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31VN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31VNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31VN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 2600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ31VN (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31VN/R
Source: Techradar English
The Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31VN/R (£1799 inc. VAT) is one of the slimmest and lightest laptops around. While pure power is below average, its feature-packed specification is outstanding for such a small laptop, making it a great choice for a life on the move. The 1.3kg chassis is truly ultraportable, so you'll barely notice the weight when travelling. Build quality is excellent, but the thin screen panel is more fragile than its rivals. The 369-minute battery life helps add to the impressive mobility. The keyboard takes a unique approach. All the keys protrude individually though holes in the casing, which prevents too much detritus falling between them.
4 von 5, Verarbeitung ausgezeichnet, Ausstattung sehr gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40% features: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 2400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-TZ21WN (Model)

 

Kleine Kompromiss
Source: c't - 6/08 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 02/15/2008
Rating: performance: 40% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 30%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ298N

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ298NNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ298N
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Price: 2500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 50% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Featherweight Powerhouse Ultraportables : Consider the Ultraportable
Source: Tom's Guide English
The VGN-TZ298N also proved to be the best performer in our tests: that solid state disk drive helped it achieve a score of 6661 on the PCMark Vantage “hard disk drive” tests. Additionally, the same drive boosted many of the Sony’s scores on the other PCMark Vantage tests. In the Windows Experience Hard Disk benchmark, however, while the solid state drive provided a slight edge over the other notebooks, the Sony certainly didn’t run away with that benchmark.
(von 5): Preis 2, Mobilität 5, Leistung 5, Ergonomie 4
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/27/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 100% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 80%
50% Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N
Source: PC Mag English
While sleek and light, the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N ultraportable is plagued by a slow processor and bloatware, and its plight has not been helped by the shedding of the optical drive.
2.5 von 5, Mobilität ausgezeichnet, Preis extrem schlecht, Leistung sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 20% performance: 30% mobility: 95%

 

Comment

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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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 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.

T7500:

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.


11.1: This is a quite small display format for subnotebooks. However, most netbooks have an even 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.


1.2 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.

2 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.


79.93%: 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.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N
Core 2 Duo U7700, 2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WN
Core 2 Duo T7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31VN
Core 2 Duo U7700, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ295N
Core 2 Duo U7700, 2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ250N
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11WN
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Asus S6FM
Core 2 Duo T7200, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21VN
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ10MN
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21MN
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ18GN
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12VN
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ12MN
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TXN27N
Core Solo U1500, 1.3 kg
» Asus S6F
Core Duo L2300, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11XN
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ11MN
Core 2 Duo U7500, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TX850p
Core Solo U1400, 1.2 kg
» Asus U1
Core Duo U2400, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TX5XN/B
Core Solo U1500, 1.3 kg
» Asus U1F
Core Duo U2400, 1 kg
» Asus S6
Core Duo L2300, 1.4 kg
» Twinhead Stylebook F11Y
Core Solo U1300, 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TX3XP
Core Solo U1400, 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-TX3HP
Core Solo U1300, 1.3 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus Eee PC 1000
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.3 kg
Sony Vaio VGN-TZ
Sony Vaio VGN-TZ
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-08-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)