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Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C

Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C

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The Bottom Line

The Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C is probably one of the largest ultraportables on the market. While it may not have the smallest dimensions, it does provide a solid overall notebook experience with good performance, lots of storage space and excellent networking features. This makes for a solid ultraportable notebook for those looking at it as their primary computer system.
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Pros

  • Large Hard Drive
  • Dedicated Graphics Processor
  • Wide Area Network Wireless

Cons

  • Fairly Large Design
  • WWAN Only Works With Sprint Network and Subsciption

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • 13.3" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LED Backlit Display with 1.3MP Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS Graphics with 64MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0, Sprint WWAN Modem
  • Two USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, Fingerprint Scanner, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 12.5" x 9.3" x 1.5" @ 4 lb.s
  • Vista Business, MS Works 9, Norton 360

Guide Review - Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C Ultraportable Laptop PC

3/5/08 – The Sony VAIO VGN-SZ750N/C is one of the least expensive of the SZ models available, but it doesn't sacrifice features. It uses the new Peryn based Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor. While not as fast as other models, it does provide lower battery consumption and heat production. It is matched up with 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory to let it function smoothly even with the Vista operating system.

Most ultraportable notebooks look to save on physical space and battery life by using smaller or lower capacity hard drives. Sony has put a very large 250GB notebook drive in the SZ750N/C. This provides it with some of the largest data storage ability in the ultraportable market, a key factor if someone uses the notebook for all their computing. A DVD burner is built into the unit and handles all the CD and DVD tasks.

Graphics are a bit of a surprise with the SZ750N/C. The 13.3” wide LCD screen features an LED backlight. This provides it with good overall color and contrast while using less power. The big item though is the NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS processor. Not many ultraportable units come with a dedicated graphics processor. This provides it with basic 3D functions beyond what an integrated unit does. The processor only features 64MB of memory so it can't really be used for any serious 3D applications, even fairly basic PC gaming.

Another thing to note is the Sprint based wireless wide area networking built into the unit. This allows those to connect to the internet when wired or WiFi access may not be present but a cellular network is. The one drawback to this is that it is limited to the Sprint network and does require a cellular subscription to use.

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 5 out of 5
It Rocks., Member defjamkool

I copped my Vaio SZ750 after having another Vaio SZ for 3 years because I found it on sale. Being in the IT field for 15 years now I believe these units to be one of THE best. The ONLY gripe I have with it is the fact that the battery has a draw on it that causes it to die if the laptop is left unplugged for about 4 days. This is by design and in my opinion likely due to the wwan card that's built in. Anyone that complains about this PC either got a lemon or is a complainer. I believe the design team did an excellent job of creating a compact sized laptop that is lightweight without sacrificing any quality or durability, I mean ""come on already"" the thing is made of carbon fiber and magnesium. Weighs less than 95% of laptops on the market and has provided me with 5 years of flawless performance (my earlier SZ260p). I've fixed tons of ""Value"" pc's made by companies like HP and Toshiba that have inherent flaws like NVidia chips that have defective BGA chip solder and thermal pads, trust me you don't want that. In my opinion, if you find one of these units, do yourself a favor and buy it, it's worth the extra money.

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