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 (USA)
Model Name:VGN-SZ170P
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
Video Memory:128MB dynamically allocated
Video Out:VGA w/Smart Display Sensor
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″
Wireless:Integrated Cingular Wireless EDGE (Has Cingular SIM card), Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Wireless Type:EDGE, 802.11a/b/g
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
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:
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.