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.