Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ21MN/N

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Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ21MN/N

The ultra light TZ-Series is a masterpiece of mobility. This is a notebook that's designed to travel with a razor-thin widescreen display and postcard...

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Review of "Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ21MN/N"

published 20/04/2008 | techno_man_37
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"portability at a price!"

This sony VAIO TZ21MN/B is a new one not only from sony but also from there range of seriously ultra portable laptops. The features this has for a laptop of its size is great compared to any laptop and its also so portable its unbelievable it really is a technical persons dream.

If I had to describe its looks in a few words I think id choose cool, sleek and elegant. It really is a thin and also thin looking laptop and its cool black shell colour makes it look really modern and cool.
The installed ram on this laptop is reasonable, it has 1gb which runs the laptop pretty fast, also its intel core 2 duo T7700 which is one of the newest processors makes this laptop run so fast. Another thing to note is that this processor runs at speeds like 1.2 Ghz.

There has recently been an increase in ultra portable laptops and even pc tablets too, and this is what this laptop can be used as seen as its that small. A big contender coming in the market recently and also something that I will be reviewing soon is the asus EEE pc. This however doesn't run on windows so is a downside for me and many others and also doesn't have anywhere near the memory and hard drive this laptop has so this definitely wins that. The only thing is though this is a lot dearer which is something ill mention a little later on.

And if the 1 gb isn't enough for you, then you can easily upgrade your ram to 4gb. This will just make everything even faster than it already is, so if you so really need your laptop to be a bit faster then you have got this option at a later date. This is really good because what tends to happen is that as your laptop gets older, and your add more programs and files, it eventually gets slower and slower, this is just something that happens, so having this extra 1gb of ram available to be installed into the laptop means that if it does start to run slower than you want it to, then you can easily have extra ram installed. A bad thing about this option though, is that it can be costly to do, especially if you cant do it your self and you might have to pay a computer technician to do the work for you.

Most laptops this small only have about 40gb of ram and at the very most 80gb, and even the asus EEE pc just has 8 gb in the best edition you can get of it. This one however has a huge 100 gb of storage space for you to store all your data onto and all that work your doing when out and about.

Alrite now down to the laptops best features, which are its portability. The main reason why its so portable is its small size. This is good but it does mean you get a smaller screen size. Its still 11 inches though and although noticeably a lot smaller than other laptop screens it doesn't take much getting used to and it just like using large screen in no time.

It also weighs just 1.2 kg which is quite frankly amazing, even though its only got an 11 inch screen its still extremely light and is around the same weight as the asus EEE pc which only has a 7 inch screen and is still a lot smaller than this laptop is.

But the best thing about it yet has to be its amazing battery life, its 7 hours is more than impressive and is the most iv certainly even seen in a laptop and also the most in any laptop iv ever seen before so like I say if you like your gadgets and you want the best laptop there is out there for portability then this is your best bet.

Its also got fantastic features too, with its built in 5 in 1 card reader which can read any of SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo. And also its built in webcam which is only 0.3 mega pixel however its still pretty good quality and it saves you buying one and having to carry it about with you.

Now of course there is going to be a downside to this laptop somewhere, and yes you guessed it, once again it's the price. And if you want to buy one of these beauties its going to cost you around 1200 of your great British pounds. Which frankly isn't worth it. If you're a millionaire or just stinking rich then this would be something id go out and buy straight away however no matter how good it might be I just couldn't fork out that kind of cash for this laptop.

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  • yassarikhan786 published 22/04/2008
    Great review :o)
  • mackry published 21/04/2008
    seen some great reviews on this, looks like a winner
  • martinwi published 21/04/2008
    A great review though the price is a little WOW. Martin.
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Product Information : Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ21MN/N

Manufacturer's product description

The ultra light TZ-Series is a masterpiece of mobility. This is a notebook that's designed to travel with a razor-thin widescreen display and postcard-sized motherboard. The luxurious looking TZ-Series is more than strong enough to take the rough and tumble of life on the road.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ21MN/N - 11.1" - Core 2 Duo U7500 - Vista Business - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Vista Business - English, Vista Business

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 / 1.06 GHz ULV / 2 MB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 100 GB HDD / 4200 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 11.1" LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: Up to 7 hours

Colour: Platinum sand

Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.7 cm x 19.8 cm x 3 cm

Weight: 1.2 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Localisation: English

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty



System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business - English, Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 / 1.06 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 2 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Power Efficiency: Ultra Low Voltage (ULV)

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GMS Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology


RAM: 1 GB ( 1 x 1 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz, 533 MHz / PC2-4200

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots:


Main Storage: 100 GB HDD / 4200 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - fixed

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)


Type: 11.1"

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Resolution: 1366 x 768 ( HD )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: X-black

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Total Available Graphics Memory: 256 MB

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel

Capture Resolutions: 640 x 480

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: Microsoft WSS 1.0/2.0, High Definition Audio

Audio Features: Sound Reality technology


Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Keyboard Layout: QWERTY


Wireless: 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet


Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90, k56Flex, ITU V.92

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps


Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 7 hours

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x memory ( 0 free ) ¦ 1 x ExpressCard/34 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone mono 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo )


Software Included: VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6, Microsoft Works 8.5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security 2007 (90 days subscription), Roxio Easy Media Creator 9, Sony Click to DVD 2.6, Sony SonicStage CP 4.2, WinDVD for VAIO 8.0, Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.


Colour: Platinum sand

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: English

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 27.7 cm

Depth: 19.8 cm

Height: 3 cm

Weight: 1.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year


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