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Sony VAIO TZ Series VGN-TZ31WN/B - Core 2 Duo U7600 / 1.2 GHz ULV - Centrino Duo - RAM 2 GB - HDD 120 GB - DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - GMA 950 - 3G Mobile Broadband - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) - TPM - fingerprint reader - Vista Business - 11.1"...

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Technical Details
BrandSony
Item Weight2.7 Kg
Manufacturer referenceVGN-TZ31WN/B
Screen Size11.1 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB00149B59G
Best Sellers Rank 301,592 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3 Kg
Date First Available18 Feb 2008
  
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This luxurious-looking TZ-Series notebook is finished in a choice of classic black or exclusive platinum sand. These eye-catching pearlescent colours perfectly capture the spirit of a sophisticated machine that combines style with leading-edge performance. Whether you want to watch DVDs, enjoy photos, play games or work on your next client presentation, multimedia comes alive with TZ-Series. On board is a sharp 11.1 inch XWGA screen featuring a true 16:9 aspect ratio and the latest X-black LCD technology...

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. on 6 Jun 2008
TZ line remains to be a good candidate for business category. Note that there are different models available for CPU, memory and HD.

It's clear to me from its characteristics that this was not designed for everybody. It's mostly for mobile office use, such as for business and journalism. If you are after a budget or gaming laptop, you are not its target demography. This laptop's strength boils down to several things: size, weight, display legibility, battery life and keyboard. These define the 'ultraportable' market, and this model attacks this territory very well.

Size and weight are immediately noticeable. It's so thin and small, just by how much might not sink in till you see it in real life. I slot this into my small bag for A4 documents and go to work. Despite that the small screen is gorgeous - crystal clear, vivid and metal sharp so that it's easy to see/read. Whatever they've done to it, they've done it well.

Battery life for me is around 7 hours, which isn't as long as stated. I suppose this varies depending on your usage. I mainly use Word, Excel, Visual Studio, Firefox/Thunderbird and mp3/DVD playback from time to time.

The keyboard looks odd, but this alongside the cylindrical hinge design comes from Sony's 505 revision series from several years ago. I think they did the right thing by bringing it back. It feels odd at first, but a week is enough to get used to it. For me it's not as good as IBM's legendary Thinkpad keyboard, but it comes close considering the keyboard is smaller than usual.

Less important for me, but they squeezed in a DVD RW/DL drive, which is a nice touch for such a compact model.

CPU and GPU seem to be the area where the sacrifice comes in, mostly likely to push down the cost and improve battery life.
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