Benchmark: UT2003 and Conclusions
Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award
winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound
and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs
the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a
DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.
|Sony VAIO VGN-T140P
|Sony VAIO VGN-T140P
UT2003 was just barely
playable at 640x480 on the VAIO VGN-T140P.... not even worth the trouble of
installing UT2003 really.
Final Thoughts... Good
ultra-portable laptop, the Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L does its job well. It looks
great, is light enough to tote around almost everywhere, and has an intimidating
array of features. Sony is renowned for their product design, and it's easy to
see why in this case. Everything on the laptop is where you think it should be,
and functions as it should. Sony's design skills and build quality are in full
evidence with the
Sony VGN-T140P/L. It's a beautiful machine that is sure to attract its share
The VGN-T140P/L has more than
enough power for office applications and word processing, and can also tackle
most Photoshop jobs without flinching. Its 512MB of memory makes it a good
multi-tasking machine. It's best features shine through though, when it is used
as a portable entertainment centre. The gorgeous widescreen LCD and more than
adequate sound and battery life combine to make this a fantastic machine for
movie watching on the road.
We had some serious issues
with the apparent cost-cutting approach that Sony has taken to bundled software
and documentation however. Sony charges a price premium for its products, and
while the VAIO VGN-T140P/L has the size, specs and features to justify that
price, the company ought to at least include a printed manual and recovery CD.
Informing your customers that you've eaten up some of their hard drive space
with the restore files and that they will need to create a restore CD themselves
is particularly shoddy. On the bright side, the online documentation (as well as
the sparse printed info) is well written and illustrated, and very informative.
Just remember to pick up a pack of CD-R's at the same time, if you decide to
purchase this notebook.
We'll put the unfortunate
incident with the first test model down as a freak accident, since the infamous
Sony earbuds of death failed to make a dent in the replacement model. Plus, it
is otherwise realistically impossible for us to tell if Sony quality assurance
is truly slipping.
Overall, we can certainly
recommend the Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L to the road warriors, tech-heads and gadget
fiends out there able to afford the Sony brand name and its
($2000USD) price tag. This is a tiny
notebook, with a lot of positives points going for it, and in a pinch it can
certainly help you iron out the wrinkles in your pants. ;-)
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