Sony VAIO VGN-TX17GP
- Really small
An ultralight tablet PC that is a little weak on character recognition, and too high on price.
Price$ 3,799.00 (AUD)
Good things come in small packages. For instance, Sony's VGN-TX17GP, that weighs a mere 1.2kg (with battery) and has a footprint of 27.5x18.5x2.5cm.
Inside this tiny notebook is an Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage processor running at 1.2GHz, along with 512MB of DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 1.5GB) and an amazing four-millimetre thick 11.1in LCD screen. With a resolution of 1366x768, the screen shows amazing clarity. The fact that it is so thin does render it more vulnerable to torsion, which may affect its durability. However, we saw no adverse effects as a result of this during testing. The backlight is so powerful for this thin screen that there is a noticeable colour distortion along the bottom of the screen, but it is not of major concern.
The TX17GP posted 79 in PC WorldBench 5 and 3378 in 3DMark 2001SE: well below much larger laptops, but it will play FEAR at 27 frames per second (fps). The battery life was sufficient, scoring 157 minutes on Mobile Mark 2002.
The TX17GP includes two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and iLink S400 FireWire.
Sony has even managed to include a DVD writer, making this an impressive, portable media unit. A note of caution: the drive is thin, and any really fast movement while the disc was spinning caused a grinding sound in our tests. The speakers sound great, the design is fantastic and this VAIO has plenty of power.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Asus ROG teases a massive gaming notebook that outperforms Titan X
- Chromebooks beat Mac notebooks 1.4-to-1 in U.S.
- Guess how much HP sold its gold- and diamond-encrusted laptops for?
- No Play Store for old Chromebooks
- Google is bringing Android apps to Chromebooks
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- CCBig Data DeveloperWA
- FTManager, Applications SpecialistNSW
- CCLinux AdministratorVIC
- FTTechnical Team Lead - .Net / SharePointACT
- FTAgile CoachNSW
- CCService Desk ConsultantACT
- CCRevalidations OfficerACT
- CCInfrastructure and Cloud Project ManagerVIC
- CCProject CoordinatorACT
- CCDevOps Software Configuration ManagerACT
- CCSoftware Engineer (Client facing) - Publisher SolutionsNSW
- FTFront End DeveloperACT
- FTGraduate IT Support OfficerNSW
- CCProject ManagerACT
- CCSenior Programmer (Data Engineering)NSW
- FTLinux Infrastructure EngineerVIC
- CCSystems Engineer- VMware / Cisco UCSNSW
- FTInfrastructure Specialist - Sec Ops Network & OSAsia
- CCContract Programmer (MS SQL Server/SQL/Web) 160518/P/626Asia
- CCSenior DevOps EngineerACT
- CCSenior Business Analyst - NV1VIC
- CCSenior Systems AnalystSA
- FTSenior Developer - .Net, MVC, C#NSW
- CCSenior Network Engineer - NV1ACT
- FTData Feeds Developer | Financial Services | C# & SQLNSW