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The SYSmark score of 164 overall is pretty decent, and puts similar notebooks like the JVC Mini Note in the shade. But it’s in real world use that a machine like this stands or falls, and I have to say that the T2XP performed superbly in the field. When I took this little machine with me to Computex in Taiwan, it proved to have the perfect blend of light weight, long battery life and features. Also, when I’m working on the move I tend to have multiple applications open concurrently such as Word, Photoshop, Excel and loads of web browser windows, and I’m glad to say that the T2XP coped brilliantly.
Considering that you’re getting an integrated DVD writer, the weight of 1.38kg is very commendable, while the dimensions of 275 x 205 x 25-34mm (WxDxH) mean that you can slip the T2XP into the smallest of bags. I also like the fact that there is no securing catch on this machine – the hinge is just sprung towards the closed position, making it easy to open the notebook quickly.
It’s also worth mentioning that Sony always throws together a great software bundle for its notebooks. As well as Windows XP Professional, you get a copy of Microsoft Works 8, Adobe Premier Standard, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition, Adobe Acrobat Elements, WinDVD and Symantec Internet Security 2005 (with 90 days of updates). Sony also throws in a bunch of its own software like SonicStage, PictureGear Studio and VAIO Zone – which is the default multimedia playback application.
Of course the T2XP doesn’t come cheap, but then that’s to be expected with a machine as slim and sexy as this. That said, a price of just over £1,500 is pretty much average for an ultra-portable machine from a big player like Sony. Personally I think that the T2XP is worth every penny, and would be happy to use one as my travelling companion whenever I find myself jetting off.
The Sony VAIO VGN-T2XP is a fantastic little notebook. It has pretty much everything you need integrated into its svelte chassis, but still manages to keep weight down to a minimum. The outstanding battery life just makes this machine even more attractive to the target market. If you want something small and light with great battery life and an integrated DVD writer, the T2XP should be top of your list.