Summary:

Features:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (T7200) 2.0 GHz processor
  • Wireless LAN Aerial and Bluetooth Aerial
  • Internal DVD/RW/R DL/RAM optical drive

PROS:

  • Lightweight (just 3.7lbs), and ultra thin (0.9 in)
  • Switchable graphics processor to extend battery life
  • 13.3″ WXGA widescreen display

CONS:

  • Only 2 USB ports
  • The price starts from £1099 VAT incl.

Detailed Specification:

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 ( 2.0 GHz)
Memory 2GB of DDR SDRAM 533MHz
Hard drive 120 GB – Serial ATA-150 – 5400
Optical CD / DVD drive DVD/RW/R DL/RAM
Display 13.3 in WXGA LCD
Video RAM 128 MB RAM
Weight 3.7 lbs
Dimension 12.4″x 9.2″x 0.9″
Network type 56 Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless  Network Connection (802.11a/g), Bluetooth
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPU
Audio Built in stereo speakers, 1 x headphones – output – mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x microphone – input – mini-phone mono 3.5 mm and 0.37M camera
I/O ports (Data) Two USB 2.0 ports, 1 x modem – phone line – RJ-11, 1 x docking / port replicator, Firewire
OS Windows Vista Business Edition
Price starting at £1099

Expert Review:

Sony has been known for its innovative products and the Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN/C ultra portable laptop is no exception. It combines performance with portability. With a 13.3″ display, thickness of 0.9″ and weight of just 3.7 lbs, the laptop is lightweight, slim and highly portable.

The Sony Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN/C subnotebook is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor with 2.0 GHz CPU speed. With main memory of 2GB of DDR SDRAM 533MHz, most applications run smoothly on this laptop. The hard disk is 120 GB – Serial ATA-150 – 5400rpm and can store thousands of video and audio files. Further for backup storage, this lightweight laptop is provided with internal DVD/RW/R DL/RAM optical drive with DVD burning capability.

The external dimensions of this ultra portable laptop are 12.4″x 9.2″x 0.9″ and the display screen measures 13.3″ diagonally. The widescreen display uses XBRITETM LCD with LED technology and has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The screen is bright with good colour contrast. The technology also ensures low power consumption.

The graphics is handled by NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPU processor and the performance would be liked by gaming enthusiasts. An added feature of this laptop is its switchable graphics capability i.e. NVIDIA can be used when performance matters and the integrated Intel graphics for others, saving on battery life.

The lightweight laptop has good external connectivity with options like 56 Kbps Modem for fax / internet, Gigabit Ethernet for LAN, Wireless Network Connection (802.11a/g), Bluetooth for wifi internet and peripheral connections. Some of the other features include electro-static touch pad as the pointing device, built-in 0.37M camera, microphone and stereo speakers, biometric fingerprint sensor for password free access, slot for memory stick, and 2 USB ports (2.0 compliant). Just 2 USB ports may be felt a handicap by some users while the camera resolution of just 640×480 pixels may also be a put off.

The keyboard has full-size keys which is very convenient to use. The fingerprint reader is also a very handy for logins without passwords. The long lasting Li-ion battery is one of the plus points of the Sony Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN/C laptop. It lasts up to 3 hours under normal usage which can be extended with optional large capacity battery. Sony’s provides standard 1 year warranty to the laptop which is extendable up to 4 years with additional cost.

The operating system is Windows Vista Business Edition, and additional software provided include Click to DVD® – DVD Creation, SmartWiTM Technology, LocationFree® Player etc. developed by Sony and Norton 360 All-In-One Security Version 2.0.

All in all Sony Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN/C lightweight laptop is high in performance, has attractive design with price being a limiting factor.

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