PC Magazine has published a review of Sony’s latest ultraportable laptop, the 11.1″ VGN-TZ150N. The TZ series is one of the first in the 11.1″ range that has an LED-backlit display (which helps with weight, thinness, battery life, and usability).
While the TZ series is not based on Intel’s Santa Rosa platform, it does feature the latest Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duos, the U7500 (1.06Gz), while the U7600 is available in other models of the TZ line. In addition to the widescreen 11.1″ display (1366×768), it also has an internal dual-layer DVD writer, and with the standard battery, it weighs in at around 2.7 – 2.8 pounds.
Several of the Sony VAIO models have a unique feature – an AV Mode that allows you to play CDs and DVDs without booting up into Windows. It also features a built-in “MOTION EYE” camera, and the laptop is cased in Carbon Fiber. In addition to the Carbon Fiber, it also has “G-Sensor Shock Protection” to protect the hard drive in case of a fall.
They gave it a 3.5 out of 5 rating, “Good”, with the main drawbacks being Sony’s “bloatware” which I’ve mentioned here before, as well as others, such as pocketables, have mentioned, as well as the 4200rpm drive (to be fair, in other models in the TZ series, such as the TZ180, Solid State Drives are offered as options). Sony tends to install too much software from the beginning.
Link: PC Magazine Review