Sony VAIO VGN-TZ295N Ultraportable Laptop
At a Glance
Sony VAIO TZ295N/XC Notebook
The TZ295N's screen is awesome, but the notebook as a whole is evidence that beauty does, in fact, have a (steep) price.
The Sony VAIO design team must be ticked. Sony keeps producing geek-chic products like the VAIO VGN-TZ295N ultraportable
Roughly the size of a hardcover book and weighing about 2.6 pounds (3.2 pounds with an AC adapter), Sony's tight little package comes with some solid business features. Among the work-specific highlights: a fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth connectivity, and integrated wireless WAN through Sprint Mobile Broadband. These features are increasingly commonplace, but supporting EvDO Revision A wireless data transfers makes this an instant win for Sprint customers--but a tease for Verizon
Mostly, though, this laptop is an entertainer--and the impressively crisp 11.1-inch, 1366-by-768-pixel display can attest to that. In fact, its LED backlighting technology gives it one of the sharpest, brightest screens of all the ultraportables we've seen--we think it matches that of
The TZ295N bristles with buttons, and it has two USB ports, one FireWire port, and flash memory card slots. Quick-access media buttons--for the DVD player, an audio player,
With Windows Vista Business and a 1.33-GHz Core 2 Duo U7700 processor installed,
Unfortunately, this notebook should come with a big fat warning label that says "Bloatware Inside!" When you
At least navigating isn't nearly as much of a pain as it could be on a notebook this tiny. The touchpad is on the smallish side, but the wide placement of the buttons along the bottom edge makes them easily clickable, whether you've got tiny digits or big paws. However, you may want to tweak the touchpad's sensitivity, although
Ultraportables by nature often have cramped keyboards. But Sony's cut-out chiclet-sized keys are tiny even by ultraportable standards. Although the keys have ample space between them, the main QWERTY keys measure a little less than
When the right keys get hit, they respond with a good, firm tactile response. I've seen plenty of notebooks, and none comes to mind that has attempted this approach. Oh, wait, there is one: the MacBook Air. In fact, looking at them side-by-side, they have the same exact layout. The main difference is that Apple's keys are much bigger--a full
This VAIO looks great, and its screen is phenomenal. But for its lofty price, we'd accept no less than perfection, and it falls just short.