Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN (Vaio VGN-TZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1800 euro
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
Source: Pocket Lint
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%
Source: Trusted Reviews
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%
Source: PC Pro
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%
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).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
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.
U7600: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that 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.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 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.
84.33%: 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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