Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B (Vaio VGN-TZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:10, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.2kg
Average Score: 73.25% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 62%, performance: 52%, features: 85%, display: 88% mobility: 83%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B

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%

Comment

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).

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.


U7500: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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.


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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73.25%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N
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» Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21WN
Core 2 Duo T7500, 1.2 kg
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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-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

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Atom N270, 10.1", 1.3 kg
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Celeron M 900, 14.0", 2 kg

 

Price comparison

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$48.40 500GB 2.5" Sata Hard Drive Disk Hdd for Sony VAIO PCG-41311L PCG-4M4L PCG-61A11L VGN-CR150E/B VGN-CR225E/L VGN-NW380F/W VGN-TZ298N/X VPC-EB43FX-WI VPC-F127FX-B VPC-F12MGX-H VPCCW-13FX/B VPCCW-19FX VPCCW-2HGX VPCEB-42FX/WI VPCEB-47GM/WI

Whitebox Outlet Whitebox Battery for Sony VGP-BPL11 BPS11 VGN-TZ121 VGN-TZ13 VGN-TZ130 VGN-TZ131 VGN-TZ132 VGN-TZ150 VGN-TZ16 VGN-TZ160 VGN-TZ17 VGN-TZ170 VGN-TZ18
» 40.95 GBP (lowest price)
40.95 GBP Amazon Marketplace UK

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)