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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

Keyboard layout and more

Opening the laptop up reveals a standard laptop QWERTY keyboard with a slight forward tilt and a touchpad arrangement with twin buttons.

An electrostatic touchpad is used in place of the IBM Trackpoint sometimes found on smaller notebooks. The touchpad worked as expected, with nice sensitivity and decent button response. It is somewhat remarkable that Sony was able to find enough space for the touch pad on this notebook, given the scant little real estate to work with.

The keyboard maintains a key pitch of 15mm, as opposed to the ~18mm of a full sized laptop keyboard, but feels comfortable due to the slight key tilt and ample wrist rest area. The keys have a throw of approximately 2mm as opposed to 4mm for an average desktop keyboard.

The outer frame of the VAIO VGN-T140P/L is mostly aluminum, and flipping the notebook over reveals yet more cooling vents for the Pentium M processor. The notebook body reached temperatures in the range of 45 degrees Celsius during testing. With the screen closed, one detail that concerned us slightly was the lack of a mechanical catch to lock it in that position. Sony instead relies on the stiffness of the hinge to hold screen in its closed position. While this means that there is no latch to break in the future, we're not so sure about the longevity of the hinge.

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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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