This last week or so the company i work for had in several ultra-portable laptops to evaluate.Â Â To my surprise and delight, one of them happened to be a VAIO TZ model.Â
I've always have been a pretty big fan of the VAIO VNG TZ series in the ultra-portable world.Â So, would Sony keep me as a fan or would Vista on it be a show stopper?Â Lets take a quick look at the VGN TZ170N (youtube video quick look embedded at the bottom):
Vista Business Ed
2GB DDR2 memory
1.0 Ghz Centrino Duo
Dual Layer DVD-+RW
60GB s-ata HDD
Sprint EVDO Modem built-in
First thing that i noticed from boot was how SLOW it was initially.Â This was mainly due to the slew of bloatware/trial software Sony preloaded.Â I really hate how companies think they need to add a ton of trial/shareware software on it.Â It really does not help them sell their machines if a company that is looking at the laptop takes 15mins to boot to the desktop; not a very good first impression.
After finally removing all of the bloatware apps, boot time was much improved.Â Vista does look nice on the machine but personally i would have preferred XP Prof or Media Center Ed.Â In my opinion, any machine that does not have a 1.5 ghz processor or above should not run Vista.Â
The video is just a quick looksy at the laptop; i plan to post a full review over at http://tech-recipes.comÂ later this weekend.
Overall, i would give the laptop a 7/10 however this score would most likey be a 8.5/10 if i had XP Prof on it vs Vista.