Pros Excellent LED screen, good battery life, incredibly sleek, sexy design.
Cons Expensive, limited options outside Japan, too much bloatware.
Summary First of all you CNET idiots, you say that the TZ got 4 hours and 17 minutes running on battery but it failed to reach the TX's 10 hour battery life. Well, did the TX get 10 hours playing DVDs!?!? I don't think so, that was probably using the system very lightly, its comparing apples to oranges. Playing a DVD is harsh on the battery but surfing the net or having it sit idle is NOT. It pains me that you are so stupid at times. Ugh.
Aside from the fact that the reviewers at CNET are braindead, this is an excellent ultraportable.
Once again, Sony shows it knows style, this is a very very very good looking notebook. The screen is absolutely superb, so thin and they still managed to fit a webcam, even if 0.3 megapixels, I'm surprised they managed to at all. I love the 16 by 9 widescreen, 1366x768 resolution, I wish more laptops had wider screens whereas they mostly have 16 by 10 ratio. Since the screen is small, everything also looks very crisp and lovely since the pixel density is high.
The keyboard feels comfortable to type on.
My biggest gripe is that I wish we had the options that Japan has. In Japan, you can customize the TZ to your liking and you also have more options such as gettin a Celeron M processor to save money or get a 160gb 5400 rpm hard drive in place of the optical drive. They let you customize everything. For instance here, if you want the Premium Carbon color, you have to get the highest end model, the TZ191N/X with 32gb SSD and 2gb ram but in Japan, you can pick that lid color with 1gb ram, the cheapest storage option which is just a 160gb hard drive, etc.
And they don't have all the crapware that we get on the system.
Pros Super sexy, ultra-portable, beautiful screen, wwan...
Cons was slow and loaded with crapware - before 2gb memory upgrade
Summary Owned one for 4 days now.... As other uses and CNET have commented, this thing is loaded to the hilt with crapware. It took me half a day to clear the thing up.... But once I did, it was a completely different ultraportable... Also, I boosted the memory of the unit to 2GB from 1GB, cause I didn't think Vista would much like 1GB.... Even though the 'Vista performance rating' didn't improve, it does make a big difference....
The keyboard is fabulous for an ultraportable... The space between keys keeps my fat fingers from butchering text on a routine basis!
BTW, MS made the consumer a nice, quick and dirty assessment rating by creating that Vista Performance Rating....Now I just go from PC to PC, Control Panel, and System to get a real quick assessment of the PC's performance with Vista versus the machine sitting next to it, etc.... I know, it's bound to be a bit inaccurate, but still, it's a great Vista tool!Updated
To add more info to the review I submitted on my new Sony TZ150N.... I will say a few things...LOVE the built in WWAN, but still haven't figured out how to use it with my service (initializing errors abound). The indicator lights for the WLAN, WWAN, BT are all located below the A/V, instand on functions (another cool feature BTW...can play DVDs like a DVD player without OS boot required), so you cannot see if they are lit by looking down at the laptop (in the usual fashion). You have to lift the laptop at about 20 degrees to see the lights... Finally, the USB ports... There are only two, but are located on the SAME side of the laptop. Also owning a Fujitsu Lifebook P1510D, I can attest, that having one USB port on opposing sides of the laptop/tablet work much better when you need to hook up something larger than a USB stick that otherwise would occlude the second port.... Otherwise VERY sweet laptop, but as before, strongly recommend the RAM upgrade to 2GB...and it needs a serious price drop!!! Come on Sony!!!
Pros Size, battery life and screen clarity
Cons Screen too fragile! Cracked 4 weeks after buying; many have had problems but Sony blaims the owners of misuse!
Summary I will never buy another Sony product. If my screen had broken due to my error or misuse, I'd be honest and admit it. But why pay a premium for a carbon fiber enclosed laptop and have the service tech admit that he sees a lot of these coming back - some days after purchase - with broken screens. When I asked what can I do better, he said try not to open the screen too much since even opening it could cause the internal screen to break!! Really. Say no to Sony!
"well worth it!"on by shipdriver
Pros lightweight, packed w/useful capability
Cons really needs 2GB RAM; junk-ware loaded onboard
Summary It's not too tough to clear off the junk software that comes preloaded... it's actually helpful: while you are sifting and sorting, you get the software build down to the tools you will actually use on the road. (And since everyone's needs are different, Sony put a batch of stuff on there.) It is ESSENTIAL to upgrade to 2 GB RAM... Vista will be pretty slow without it. Use a good Registry Editing application to get the speed up to where you need it. Sony also offers a useful (if elementary) course on Vista, which this XP user found quite helpful.
Bottom Line: worth the cost ($1700 delivered) and VERY much appreciated when carrying this thru the 3rd airport on a road trip!
Pros Light weight, bright screen, long battery life (4 hrs solid)
Cons Cooling issues, many useless software slow down performance
Summary To be honest with you, it is never easy to use a single word to describe a VAIO laptop due to conflicting views. First, I want to say this is the 9th laptop I have from Sony since 1998 and I can say I am not a truely devoted buyer, brand loyalty means little to me. It is however true that I put a heavy price on style, it is a major factor when I consider buying a laptop.
This vaio is by far the best I have seen in style. Light weight (really light), well designed layout (keyboard, memory card slots, built in DVD drive) and extremely beautiful screen (11.1'). I have to mention the screen because it is basically what attract me the most. I have another VAIO SZ and I put them side by side, god! I thought the SZ got the best screen in the business. Wait until you see the LZ screen do its thing. Bright, almost eye piercing and color representation is right on the spot.
On the performance wise, many people complain about the under par performance and even the Cnet editor openly critized it, I think to put a fair justice, we have to look at the performance issue from a different perspective. What is true about bloatware is that Sony really loaded a lot of software that is nice to have but we never have the time to use. All of those AOL stuff should be uninstall at once, and if you are not interested in using software from SONY, consider it gone. I have meticulously removed so many junk to a point that the performance has jumped dramatically and load time has decreased by 30%! It is very obvious that you need to know what you are doing before touching the system setting utility (msconfig), which allow you to disable unwanted program to reduce memory consumption.
The other part of the performance equation is Microsoft Vista, which is getting more and more ridiculous as I spend more time on it. The OS is not designed to run fast! I have 2 other machines, running Duo Core CPUs and none of them can give me a satifying experience, by that I mean a smooth, flawless desktop work experience. The slow performance from this laptop can be attributed by Vista, even if you have stripped it down to its core, it will still be slow. I guess you have to wait til service pack #1 from MS to get these problem straighten out. In case you want to roll back to XP, fine, but not recommended since you might not be able to get some of the drivers for key componoents such as figer print biometric device or webcam. I'll leave other people to finish off the review since the rest of the stuff is fairly factual and standard.
Just some final thoughts, if you ask me will I recommend this laptop? I would say yes (it is your 2nd laptop), No (you need a lot of juice for graphics).