Due to its lightweight this Sz model is an ultra portable notebook with a fast Penryn T9300, a very bright 13.3" LED backlight display and a fast HSDPA access. The lightweight comes from the solid base construction, made of a high-tech composite material, called CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics), which also gives the machine its strength besides the lightness.
The 6mm thin lid attracts lots of ooh and aah. And despite being thin, it feels strong and solid at every opening angle of the comp. Another feature is the attached flexible antenna on the right side that allows fast internet connections via HSDPA. Yes, you don't need it when connecting with normal built-in wireless device.
It is equipped with a finger print reader, TPM encryption, a hybrid video solution, and fast WWAN Internet, which can let users connecting at a transfer rate of up to 3.6Mbps.
The VAIO SZ is now more reliable than ever, its Hard Disk Drop Protection sensor freezes your notebook before it hits the ground.
Let us just hope that it will more than protecting the drive - namely the data that is in it
This model comes with a 4GB ram instead of the allowed 2 of its predecessor, the VGN-SZ61 WN/C.
I use a Speck cover to protect the top due to heavy traveling.
Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32 bits
. Intel based
. Mobile Intel GM965 Express
. Intel Pentium Dual Core T9300,
. 2.50GHz, 6MB L2 Cache
. DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz (PC2-5300)
. Max. Supported Memory: 4GB
. 200GB Sata-150 5400rpm
. DVD +/- RW (+R double layer) / DVD Ram
. DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer)
. Write: DVD-R x8, DVD+R x8, DVD+R x8/DL, CD-R x24, CD-RW x8
. Read: CD x24, DVD x8
. X Black LC with LED backlight technology
. 13.3 WXGA
. Intel GMA X3100, up to 384MB memory
. NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS - up to 831MB, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 400 MHz.
. 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15),
. 2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A,
. 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
. 1 x audio - output - 3.5 mm,
. 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
. 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 pin FireWire,
. 1 x ExpressCard/34
. 1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11
. Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Ethernet Controller
. Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (abgn),
. Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
. SigmaTel STAC9872AK
. Windows High Definition Audio.
. Webcam 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE® built into LCD bezel
. Touch Pad
. Finger reader
. UK QWERTY
. S1 and S2
. Adobe Photoshop Elements,
. VAIO Recovery Utility,
. Microsoft Works 8.5,
. Protector Suite QL 5,
. Adobe Reader 8.0,
. Roxio Easy Media Creator 9,
. WinDVD for VAIO 8.0,
. Microsoft Windows Media Player 11,
. Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0,
. Microsoft Office Ready 2007 (Trial),
. Norton 360 (60 days trial)
. 90-95W (19V x 4.74A) 100-240V AC Adapter
. Li-Ion (5800mAh, 6-Cell, 10.8V)
. Power Cord
. in Inches
. 12.4 x 9.2 x 1.2
. Weight with Supplied Battery and Supplied Drive : 3.9lbs
What's in the Box:
. AC Adapter
. Power Cord
. Manual, quick setup
Looks & Design
The SZ71WN/C has a stunning look with the brushed-black carbon cover. The design is sleek with the thin LCD and case. The screen stands out brightly even in the bright environment, thanks to its X-Black LC and backlit LED technology.
This 13.3 inch LCD (WXGA, 1,280x768 pixels) with X-black and LED technology is excellent. On top the Sony Hybrid Graphic System adds to performance with the GPU switching between nVidia 8400GS and Intel X3100.
The keyboard is large and comfortable, taking the design of previous business Sony models. The simple layout makes it easy on the eyes and fingers during typing.
It is of a wide footprint, responsive and comfortable. The finger reader is situated in the middle of the buttons, large enough to support big fingers.
. S1, S2
. Stamina-Speed switch
. Wireless switch
Good connectivity, with its ability to quickly find and connect to the home network. The flexible antenna gives good connection internet speed to HSDPA, up to 3.6Mbps; with a few reported of over 3.7Mbps.
Bluetooth support is excellent with its automatic devices recognition of mouse, headphone, speaker and printer.
The double layer supporting DVD drive performs flawlessly and quietly
Not as good as one expects from a notebook, but the layout on the system adds to the aesthetic design.
Heat and Noise
It is quiet and cool. Some vibration on the palm rest from the hard drive.
So far it is performing well with my CoD4, WoW and Command and Conquer - flawlessly to say the least. Actually most Sony notebooks would handle these games quite nice. And it is performing well even on Stamina mode, not using the dedicated nVidia 8400GS.
The GMA X3100 supports hardware transform and lighting, up to 128 programmable shader units, and up to 384 MB memory. Its display cores can run up to 333 MHz and its render cores can run up to 500 MHz on GM965. May be this explains why the Passmark score is better than when on the 8400GS on this machine.
Nothing can go wrong with this ultra portable business notebook. Start up is quick, bluetooth devices and wireless connection are a snap.
I replaced Norton Security with Avast and SpywareBlaster, leaving Windows Firewall and Defenders at stock. This has added some umph to the performance. The Fujitsu MHY2200BH (S-ATA 200GB/5400rpm) is being clocked at 37+MB/s transfer rate, much quicker than many 7200rpm drives on the market at the moment.
Input and Output Ports
Plain with no port and no LED.
. DVD drive,
. 2x USB-2.0,
. WWAN antenna.
. FireWire (i.LINK, IEEE 1394),
. PC Card,
. card reader (memory stick)
. Power Connector,
. SIM card slot (HSDPA),
. vent holes,
. Kensington Lock
. Memory cover
. Heatsink cover
. Battery lock and battery release
. Docking connector.
Decent to good.
*Note that the following WEI score is with the integrated X3100 GPU. The 8400GS scores less than this integrated one.
The notebook provides up to 5+hrs on a 6-cell battery and can stretch up to 7hrs as Sony claims under Stamina mode. I have not seen this much up until now.
. Good resell value notebook
. Nice multimedia and day-to-day notebook
. Good to excellent system performance.
. Light and solid for business traveling.
. Quiet Operation
. None as I see it so far.
Even with its initial high price, this notebook retains a good after life resell value, where one can get 70% of the original buying price, if one can find someone that wants to depart with it. Sony has replaced this model with a split of the T and Z models, yet this SZ series can be marked as a cult notebook for many business users and Sony fans.