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Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L Notebook Review

Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L Notebook Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The navy blue and silver Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L laptop is the size of a hardcover book and weighs only a little over three pounds.
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Sony Apr 22 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmark: UT2003 and Conclusions

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal 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.

UT2003 Benchmarks - Flyby
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P FPS Ranking
640x480: 30.32
1024x768: 15.16
Botmatch
Sony VAIO VGN-T140P FPS Ranking
640x480: 17.61
1024x768: 9.55

UT2003 was just barely playable at 640x480 on the VAIO VGN-T140P.... not even worth the trouble of installing UT2003 really.

Final Thoughts... Good & Bad?

As an 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 of attention.

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 $2470CDN ($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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Contents of Article: Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L
 Pg 1.  Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L Notebook Review
 Pg 2.  Mesmerizing LCD Screen
 Pg 3.  Physical dimensions and port placement
 Pg 4.  Keyboard layout and more
 Pg 5.  First impressions and upgrading
 Pg 6.  Real world testing of the VAIO
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Windbench 99, BatteryMark and Sandra
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Super PI, PCmark2002, PCMark 04
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark 2001, 3DMark 03, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  — Benchmark: UT2003 and Conclusions

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