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Surprisingly, it has a decent sized keyboard which belies it's compact external appearance.

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Pros

Battery life

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Super light, only 2lbs

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durable and attractive carbon fiber exterior (on certain models)

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Pack with top of the line components

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One of few Sony Vaio notebooks still made in Japan

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LED display, one of the first notebooks to carry it

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Cons

Manufacturing flaw causes the laptop to heat to unsafe temperatures

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The super thin carbon fiber lid and display allows for large amount of flex.

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Paying a premium for one of few ultra portable notebooks with an ultra low voltage processor, LED display, and solid state drive (2007)

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The Sony VAIO TZ series are compact, 11.1" LED backlit widescreen laptops that come in Classic Black, Premium Carbon, Bordeaux and Champagne Gold colors. Weighing only 2.62 pounds, the VAIO TZ is made of durable carbon fiber material and also sports HDD shock protection to protect files in case it is dropped. Surprisingly, it has a decent sized keyboard which belies it's compact external appearance. Other important features include onboard Wireless LAN, built-in Motion-Eye camera and microphone, and Bluetooth capability for communicating with a variety of phones, pda's and printers. Battery life is 4.5 to 8.5 hours with a Standard Capacity Battery and 7.0 to 13.0 hours with a Large Capacity Battery. Under the hood, the VAIO comes equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 2GB RAM, and the Windows Vista operating system. An Optical Drive(DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM) is also standard with this machine as are handy AV buttons on front for accessing multimedia on the fly and InstantOn, which is a quick way of getting to your music/pictures/videos without having to boot up Windows. Many ports are included on the VAIO for maximum connectivity some of which include an SD card slot, Memory Stick Reader, 2 USB ports, audio out and fingerprint reader. Note: On September 4th, 2008 Sony issued a recall on all VAIO TZ Series models due to a manufacturing flaw that causes the laptop to overheat causing potential burns.

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Features
  • 11.1'' X-black LCD screen with LED backlight, WXGA (1366 x 768)
  • DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM optical drive
  • 4.5-8.5 hours with Standard Capacity Battery or 7.0-13.0 hours with Large Capacity Battery
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics card
  • Ethernet (1000Base-T / 100 BASE-TX / 10 BASE-T)
  • Modem: V.92/V.90
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR support
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • Windows Vista OS (different versions available)
  • Dimensions: 7.8-in x .89-in - 1.17in x 10.9-in (198 ,2 mm x 22.5-29.8 mm x 277 mm)
  • "Motion Eye" Camera ( 20 Images per second), 0.3 Mega Pixels, max video resolution VGA (640x480)
  • Integrated microphone
  • 1 i.LINK (IEEE1394, 4 Pin), 400 Mbps port
  • 1 DC in
  • 1 Audio out
  • 1 RJ-11 Modem
  • 1 RJ-45 Direct Port (Network)
  • 2 USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 VGA port connection
  • 1 SD card Slot
  • 1 Express Card 34mm
  • Memory Stick Reader (Duo, Memory Stick PRO duo, MagicGate)
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