Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-TZ150N/B
Source: PC World Archive.org version
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%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
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%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
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%
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
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%
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.
U7500: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a standard display format for tablet computers or small convertibles. You see more on the screen than on a smartphone but you can't use big resolutions well. On the other hand, mobility is not a problem.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Sony: Sony Corporation is one of the largest Japanese electronics companies. The company was founded in 1946 under a different name and initially produced rice stoves. The company launched the first transistor radio. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony. Sony is a combination of the Latin word sonus (sound) and the English word sonny (little boy). Today, its core business is consumer electronics. The company is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles and software. Sony operates in the following segments: Gaming and Network Services, Music, Images, Home Entertainment and Sound, Imaging Products and Solutions, Mobile Communications, Semiconductors, Financial Services and Others.
73.25%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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