Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-TZ31MN
Source: Pocket Lint Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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%
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84.33%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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