Sony VAIO VGN-SZ170PMFR’s Description:Messaging : It’s ultra-thin and ultra-light yet boasts a 13.3″ widescreen display11 with XBRITEâ„¢ technology, ideal for your mobile needs. It’s packed with features including Hybrid Graphic System which let you switch from internal graphics for battery efficiency and external graphics for robust performance.

NOTE: Replaced by the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ370P / C

Note: Has an attached antenna for Cingular’s 3G EDGE high-speed network, if you are a customer of Cingular. Appears to come with a Cingular SIM Card

Note: This is one of the few, if not the only, ultraportables to have a dual Graphics Processor setup, both an NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7400 and an Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950.

Note: Has both a PCMCIA and an ExpressCardâ„¢/34 Slot

Note: Has a built-in camera along with microphone.

Note: Has a Carbon Fiber casing (hence the weight being below 4 pounds).

Reviews located at the bottom of the page.

Company/Manufacturing Information
Company: Sony Electronics, Inc.
Company Website: (USA)
Model Name: VGN-SZ170P
Product Page:
Type: Ultraportable Notebook/Laptop
Cost (MSRP/Street): @ $2800 USD
CPU/Processor & Chipset
Processor Company: Intel
Processor Model: Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400
Processor Speed: 1.83GHz
Bus Speed: 667MHz
Cache Size: 2Mb
Cache Type: L2
Systemboard Chipset: Intel® 945GM
Display and Graphics
Graphics Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7400 and Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Screen Type: LCD/WXGA w/XBRITE technology
Screen Size: 13.3 Inches
Widescreen: Yes
Resolution: 1280×800
Video Memory: 128MB dynamically allocated
Video Out: VGA w/Smart Display Sensor
Touchscreen: No
Memory Capacity: 1GB (expand to 2GB)
Memory Slots: 2
Memory Type: DDR2
Memory Speed: PC2-4200 533MHz
Shared With Video: Up to 128Mb (dynamic)
Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA
Hard Drive Capacity: 100GB (5400rpm)
Hard Drive Size:
Optical Drive: DVD+R Double Layer/DVD±RW, DVD+R DL Write, DVD+R Write, DVD+RW Write, DVD-R Write, DVD-RW Write, CD-R Write, CD-RW Write, DVD Read, CD Read,
Battery Type: Lithion Ion (VGP-BPS2B)
Default Battery Size:
Mfr Estimated Runtime: 2.5 – 6 Hours
Dimensions, and Weight
Weight: 3.72 lbs w/standard battery
Height: 0.9″ – 1.3″
Width: 12.5″
Depth: 9.3″
Wireless: Integrated Cingular Wireless EDGE (Has Cingular SIM card), Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Wireless Type: EDGE, 802.11a/b/g
Ethernet: 10/100BASE-TX
Modem: 56k V.90 modem
Keyboard: 86-key QWERTY
Mouse: Touch Pad
I/O Ports
USB Ports: 2x USB 2.0
Firewire (1394): 1x 4pin i.LINK (IEEE 1394)
PS/2, Serial, Parallel:
PC Card Slots: 1 Type I/Type II PCMCIA w/CardBus support
ExpressCardâ„¢/34 Slot
Flash Memory Card: Memory Stick Duo
Bluetooth: Yes
Port Replicator: TBD
Other I/O:
Audio Chipset: Sony® Sound Realityâ„¢ – Audio Enhancer
Audio I/O: Built-in stereo speakers, Monaural mini-jack (microphone), stereo mini-jack headphone)
Installed OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro w/SP2
Included Software: SmartWiâ„¢ Connection Manager, Click to DVDâ„¢ – DVD Creation, DVgate Plusâ„¢ – Digital Video, SonicStage® – Digital Music, SonicStage® Mastering Studio software with MP3 encoder, VAIO Mediaâ„¢ – Network File Sharing, Image Converter – PSP Transfer
Adobe® Photoshop® Album Starter Edition, Intuit® Quicken® 2005 New User Edition, InterVideo® WinDVD®, InterVideo® Instant On, Microsoft® Works 8.0, Microsoft® Office® 2003 60-Day Trial171 Small Business Edition

Norton Internet Securityâ„¢ 90-Day Subscription – Norton AntiVirus®, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton AntiSpam®, Norton Parental Control, Intermuteâ„¢ SpySubtractâ„¢ 30-Day Subscription, Sony® VAIO® Update, Sony® VAIO® Recovery Wizard, Sony® VAIO® Support Central
Protection and Security
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Harddrive Shock Protection: G-Sensorâ„¢ Shock Protection – Hard Disk Drive Protection
Hardware Passwords:
Other: TPM
Warranty, Misc
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty (See Site), 1 year toll-free technical telephone support,
online/email support –

Review Excerpts – Click on publication links below to read full reviews

PC Magazine – March 2006 – 4 out of 5 – Sony continues to beef up the features and performance of its ultraportables without sacrificing design appeal. If you need a system well suited for commuting back and forth to the office, as opposed to flying cross-country weekly, the sleek Sony VAIO VGN-SZ170P is ideal for you.