Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N Laptop
At a Glance
Sony VAIO SZ791N/X Notebook
This stylish Sony's dedicated graphics and CPU helped deliver superior overall performance, but you'll pay for the Privilege.
The 4-pound Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N
Thanks to its Intel 2.5-GHz Core 2 Duo T9300 CPU (a Penryn-class processor that we see in some desktop-replacement notebooks) and its nVidia 8400GS graphics card, the SZ smoked our WorldBench 6 performance tests with a score of
Aside from strong performance, this laptop has several likable features. Two customizable shortcut buttons sit at the top of the keyboard. You can use them to call up a number of useful functions--multiple monitor mode, hibernate, brightness adjustment, or a snapshot look at key notebook functions, for example.
The SmartWi wireless utility is a quick diagnostic tool for toggling such options as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS functionality, and integrated wireless WAN (through Sprint Mobile Broadband). A goofy little Wi-Fi antenna that sprouts from the side of the notebook provides a slight barrier between the keyboard and display, and may guard against minor dings and nicks.
The 13.3-inch screen (with crisp 1280-by-800-pixel-resolution) is vibrant and easy to
Unfortunately, the keyboard is uses a shallow plastic casing that cheapens the typing experience. At least the keys are sufficiently far apart that you won't slip and hit the wrong key.
The laptop's worst feature is its mouse. Huge gaps act as trenches between the loosely fitting left- and right-mouse buttons
A power management toggle lets you switch between speed and stamina modes (the latter promising to support 3.21 hours of work). Such toggling is handy for simple settings, but why must the laptop restart?
The SZ791N's power is undeniable,