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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.
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Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Sony Apr 22 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L

Physical dimensions and port placement

The VAIO VGN-T140P/L measures 10.7" wide by 1.34" deep by 8.1" long and weighs just over three pounds with the battery installed. As compared with other ultra-portable laptops, like the Fujitsu P-Series, the Sony is considerably thinner, but slightly wider.

The Lithium Ion battery pack plugs into the rear of the laptop, leaving no room for anything else except the yellow DC power port. I'm not especially a fan of the way the battery bulged out from the body of the VGN-T140P/L, but it's necessary for the power capacity, so we really shouldn't complain. The battery pack clips into place securely, but I recommend against using it as a handle.

The left side of the laptop holds most of the I/O ports, and a cooling vent for the 1.1GHz Pentium M processor.

A pair of USB 2.0 ports are present, sensibly spaced out from each other. A Sony I.LINK (IEEE1394 compatible) port is also present along with a standard PCMCIA type I/II slot and VGA connector. Just below the PCMCIA slot is a Sony Memory Stick media slot. I'd be concerned that the second USB 2.0 port might not be very accessible when a PCMCIA card is plugged in, since it is directly underneath. Given the features in the laptop though, it's kind of hard to imagine what you would add with a PCMCIA card... maybe GPS?

The right side of the VAIO VGN-T140P/L is mostly taken up by the optical drive, but the modem jack and 10/100 Ethernet port squeeze in towards the rear.

The front base of the laptop contains several audio controls and indicators. The switch controlling the Integrated wireless adaptor is on the left side below the WLAN and Bluetooth indicator lights. It's a good that you can control the wireless functions manually for situations when wireless signals are a no-no - like aboard aircraft. On the right-hand side we have the mic and headphone jacks, a mute button (very handy) and volume controls. In between all of this are more cooling vents for the surprisingly hot Intel Pentium M processor.

The top of the laptop holds the various system indicator lights (hard drive, power, etc.) and a set of DVD controls. These are positioned so that they are accessible whether the laptop is open or closed, which we thought was a nice touch.

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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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