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Sony VAIO VGN-TXN27N/T 11.1" Laptop (Intel Core Solo Processor U1500, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, DVD?RW Drive, Vista Business) Sienna

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  • Ultra-lightweight laptop for road warriors with sienna carbon fiber case, Sprint Mobile Broadband WWAN connectivity
  • 11.1-inch screen, 100 GB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM (maximum), 1.33 GHz Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core Solo U1500 processor
  • Two USB 2.0, one FireWire, one Memory Stick/SD slot; dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive
  • Tri-mode Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g), Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet, Intel GMA 950 (up to 224 MB of shared RAM)
  • Pre-installed with Windows Vista Business
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Product Information

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Screen Size11.1 inches
Screen Resolution1366_x_768
Processor1330 MHz Intel Core Solo
RAM2048 MB
Hard Drive100 GB
Brand NameSony
Item model numberVGN-TXN27N/T
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows Vista Business
Item Weight2.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.70 x 10.70 x 1.23 inches
Color Sienna
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceATA100
  
Additional Information
ASINB000MQMF14
Shipping Weight5 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJanuary 27, 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Intel Core Solo U1500 Ultra Low Voltage 1.33GHz 2048MB RAM (2048MB max) 11.1 WXGA LCD XBRITE LCD (1366x768) 100GB HDD (4200rpm) DL DVD+R/W drive WWAN (Sprint Mobile Broadband) WLAN (802.11a/b/g) Ethernet Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor Intel Media Graphics Accelerator 950 Windows Vista Business (Sienna Casing)

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Take a load off your shoulders when you're racing for your plane with the sleekly designed and ultra-portable Sony Vaio VGN-TXN27N/T notebook PC, which weighs just an amazing 2.84 pounds and offers a sleek, durable carbon-fiber case in sienna. And with 4 to 10 hours of standard battery life, it has the stamina to power you through your most demanding applications. With the integrated wireless WAN, you can access the national Sprint Mobile Broadband service to extend your wireless coverage beyond LAN access networks and hotspots, giving you the freedom to go farther, do more, and stay connected.

It also nicely balances form with function, thanks to the stylish, slim, and durable carbon-fiber casing and razor-thin 11.1-inch widescreen LCD panel (with XBRITE technology and a white LED backlight for brilliant colors and added clarity). It's powered by Intel's 1.33 GHz Core Solo U1500 processor with ultra-low voltage for extended battery life. Other features include a shock-resistant 100 GB hard drive, 2 GB of installed RAM (maximum capacity), Bluetooth wireless capability (for connecting to peripherals such as PDAs, cell phones, and printers), and a Memory Stick PRO reader.

Sony takes security serious, and this laptop employs a biometric fingerprint sensor to ensure your data is protected from unauthorized use. Fingerprint biometrics is a convenient and secure way to protect your computer and the information on it with a simple swipe of your finger. It also stores passwords to secure web sites you visit, so authentication and access are quick and easy--you only need your fingerprint.

The preinstalled Microsoft Windows Vista Business features a new user interface, named Windows Aero, that makes it easy to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. For instance, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents. Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.

The Basics

  • Processor: The Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core Solo U1500 processor offers a 1.33 GHz speed paired with a fast 533 MHz front-side bus and large 2 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.) The Core Solo processor delivers enhanced performance for today's demanding applications such as CAD tools, 3-D and 2-D modeling, video editing, digital music, digital photography and gaming. And Intel's Smart Cache technology enables smarter, more efficient cache and bus design for enhanced performance, responsiveness and power savings.

  • Hard Drive: The 100 GB hard drive (4200 RPM) is above average in size for notebook PCs--but larger than you'll find in comparable ultra-light notebooks. It offers more than enough capacity for storing documents and productivity software for road warriors. You'll also be able to store a good-sized digital audio library.

    The G-Sensor Shock Protection feature makes your data even less vulnerable to loss or damage. When the built-in 3-D acceleration sensor detects a risky movement like being dropped, the HDD-head will lock up to secure its position and protect the disc from scratching. An intelligent algorithm, unique to VAIO PCs, judges whether or not a movement is risky, activating disk drive protection only when your hardware is at risk.

  • Memory: This laptop has two memory slots and comes loaded with 2 GB of DDR SDRAM (PC4200, 533 MHz DDR RAM; 2 x 1 GB), and it maximizes the RAM capacity for this laptop.

  • DVD/CD Drive: The double-layer DVD drive is compatible with a wide range of formats, including both DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, CD-RW discs, and dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data--great for backing up your MP3 collection or your most important documents. It features the following speeds: 4x for DVD+R DL, 4x for DVD-R DL, 8x for both single layer DVD+R/-R, 8x for single layer DVD+RW, 6x for single layer DVD-RW, and 24x/16x for CD-R/RW. It reads DVD-ROM discs at 8x and CD-ROMs at 24x.

  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 82-key keyboard (1.7mm stroke and 17mm pitch) and electro-static two-button touchpad.
Screen, Video & Audio
The 11.1-inch XBRITE LCD has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels--perfect for watching movies in their intended 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Sony's Smart Display Sensor feature instantly adjusts resolution when you connect to a display or projector. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) and provides up to 224 MB of total graphics memory from the system memory. Audio is powered by Sony's Sound Reality audio enhancer.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This notebook features Sony's SmartWi technology, which seamlessly integrates wireless Wide Area Network (WAN), office/home Wi-Fi LAN, and Bluetooth technologies, enabling you to toggle among your wireless connectivity options depending on your surroundings. The integrated PRO/Wireless 3915ABG wireless LAN is compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and wi-fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). With the integrated Wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) technology, you can extend your 2ireless coverage beyond LAN access networks and hotspots using the Sprint Mobile Broadband service (subscription required).

A WWAN uses long-range wireless connections -- the same networks as cellular phones -- to provide access across a large geographic area. In comparison, a WLAN (wireless LAN) covers only one or more buildings located close together. On a WWAN, you connect to your carrier's data network (Sprint, for this laptop) instead of plugging into a phone jack and dialing into your ISP. Each mobile device communicates with the public carrier's base station, providing coverage across entire states, regions, and countries via cell phone towers.

With the Bluetooth connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs and cell phones. Here's the full list of connection options:

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 ExpressCard/34 slot
  • 1 VGA monitor out
  • Stereo headphones/speakers/line-out
  • Microphone/line-in
  • Memory Stick slot (with MagicGate functionality)
  • Secure Digital memory card slot (also compatible with MMC cards)
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Operating System
The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will help keep PCs running smoothly and more securely so you will be less reliant on dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business provides dramatic new infrastructure improvements, enabling your IT staff to spend less time focused on the day-to-day maintenance of PCs. An array of sophisticated new backup technologies helps protect your information even in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure. And Windows Vista Business has a new user interface, named Windows Aero, which is designed to deliver new levels of efficiency for any business user. This new interface makes it easy to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. For instance, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software
Includes Sony Click to DVD (for easy DVD creation), Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition (60-day trial), Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (with 60 days of Live Update).

Dimensions & Weight
Amazingly small and light, this Sony TXN laptop weighs 2.84 pounds with standard battery and measures 10.7 x 1.23 x 7.7 inches (WxHxD).

Power
It's powered by the VGP-BPS5A lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which produces a battery life of between 4 and 10 hours.

What's in the Box
This package contains the VGN-TXN27N/T notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. (Sprint SIM card available separately.) It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty, and Sony offers 1-year of toll-free telephone technical assistance.

Customer Reviews

The screen flickers upon start up and shut down.
T. Jackson
This experience from her is a reassurance for me not to even ever consider buying from Sony.
N. Le
When I took it back to the Sony Style store they refused to honor the warranty.
BobDyke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Chen on March 8, 2007
Color Name: Charcoal Black
If you're buying this laptop, it's undoubtedly partially for the design, style and lightweight features of the TX series. You can get cheaper, better performing options at about the same weight, but it won't have the "wow" factor of this TXN27N. That being said let's get right into the pros and cons.

As a side note, if you're wondering about differences between the 25,27, 29 TX models, it's pretty straightforward. The 25 has 1GB RAM and 80GB hard drive, the 27 has 2GB RAM, 100 GB hard drive, the 29 is the same as the 27 except it comes with a carrying case and the exterior has a sleek special shiny coating. IMO, the 27N is the best value among the 3 when you look at the price points.

Pros:

* Style and design - By far the prettiest, lightest laptop on the market regardless of the color casing you get. Razor thin all around, especially the display.

* Separate AV mode - I love that you can watch DVDs without loading the OS.

* Separate mute, volume and wireless buttons - Seems like it should be standard but my last 2 laptops did not have this.

* Biometrics sensor - Capability to scan all 10 fingers. Love this feature, don't have to type my password anymore.

* SD slot - Sony finally caved and allowed a non-proprietary media format to play in the TX series.

* Display - Crisp, bright, detailed with high native resolution. 2nd best screen I've seen (besides Dell 700m).

* Large Keyboard - For an ultraportable, all keys are full-sized. Rare.

* Large touchpad - Again, for an ultraportable, the touchpad is surprisingly large.

* Battery life - Standard battery got me about 6.5 hours on one run with standard tasks like internet browsing, MS Office tasks.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven on March 17, 2007
Color Name: Charcoal Black
I waited to get this notebook loaded with Vista. I have mixed feelings. The notebook hardware design is quite sleek and handsome. I am not so impressed with Vista running on this machine though. It just feels that Vista is a resource hog and is constantly running the CPU at 100% which causes the fan to run endlessly. I think the issue is that Sony used the same hardware specs as the previous TX series just to get a Vista version out quickly, but it really is not equipped to handle the new Vista OS as well. So I was disappointed when I upgraded to this notebook thinking that it would run faster, but actually it runs slower than my previous Vaio running Win XP. Though there are some improvements with Vista over XP, Vista probably runs better on a Duo Intel chipset than the Solo that is used in this notebook. The poor notebook is contantly working overtime just to do very simple normal every day applications and it takes forever to start up or reboot. If you just base it on looks alone, then it gets a 4 start rating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeannot on August 7, 2007
Color Name: White
This the worst and most expensive computer I ever had. Yes it is slick and that is the reason I bought it. But it is slow. It takes 5 minutes (300 seconds not 90) to boot. Everything (Photoshop, Streets and Trips, etc.) is slow and Vista is cumbersome. Get another brand with XP pre-installed, or install XP on the Vaio : [...]
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2007
Color Name: Charcoal Black
I completely agree with the review above, with the exception that my startup time doesn't seem that slow. A couple of minor issues... the placement of the touchpad buttons has taken a little getting used to... they're right on the edge, so they're easy to miss, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. The fingerprint feature has functioned erratically for me at the start, working sometimes and then not working. I assume I'll get used to using it, or just ignore it if I can't get it to work reliably. It's supposed to function to fill out forms on password protected webpages to fill out all the info. All, I can say is... not yet for me. Many of the Vista features are really intended for much larger screens. So, for example, the icon for a pdf file is actually a picture of the first page of the pdf. That would be great if you could see it, but on a screen this size there's no way to make anything out.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Carpenter on May 22, 2007
Color Name: Sienna
This product is not designed or built to the usually high Sony standards. The LCD screen WILL break under normal use and Sony will not honor the warranty if the screen fails. My screen failed after six months and I returned the computer to Sony for repairs. Sony charged me over $700 and refused to return the 'physically damaged screen' as I requested so that the 'intentional damage' that I 'caused' could be verified. To confirm that this is a design flaw Sony included with the repaired computer NEW instructions as to how to prevent damaging the screen noting that 'the LCD screen may be sensitive to pressure or added stress'. This product is a sad commentary on Sony's design standards and on its unwillingness to stand behind its warranty.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BobDyke on July 10, 2007
Color Name: Sienna
The LCD had over 20% pixel death right out of the box. When I took it back to the Sony Style store they refused to honor the warranty. I have sent the notebook back to Sony, and they say it will be $699.99 to replace the screen plus another $99.99 diagnostic fee.
Not long ago Sony was the standard that all manufacturing aspired to. It is sad to see how far they have fallen.
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