Now you may have read elsewhere that the TX2XP is whisper quiet in operation, but I’m afraid that isn’t true. OK, when you’re running under battery power it is very quiet, but once you plug it into the mains and it starts to run at full power, get ready for some quite loud fan noise. When I reviewed the TX1XP I noticed the same thing but assumed it was due to me testing a very early sample, but when I started receiving emails from readers complaining about the fan noise I realised that it was an inherent problem. Unfortunately that problem seems to have carried over to the TX2XP. Of course you can only really hear the fan when you’re in a very quiet room, and I know some people that even then don’t find it a problem. Personally I can live with it, but I can understand people who can’t.
Price wise, the TX2XP comes in exactly where the TX1XP was, at £1,699 including VAT. That’s a lot of money to pay, but you are getting a supremely thin and light notebook, complete with integrated DVD writer, not to mention Sony's consistently excellent software bundle. The question though is whether I would buy the TX2XP and unfortunately I have to say no. This may come as a surprise to anyone that knows me, since it’s common knowledge that I love thin and light notebooks, and that I loved the TX1XP. However, there is one very good reason why I wouldn’t buy the TX2XP, and that’s the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1VP.
Yes Sony has managed create a new object for my desire – the SZ1VP is such a beautifully crafted and well specified notebook, that I am more than happy to sacrifice a bit of weight and battery life. Perhaps when a Core Duo T Series VAIO appears I may switch my allegiance back once more, but for now the TX2XP just isn’t a big enough step forward from the previous model for my liking.
Just like the TX1XP before it, the TX2XP is a beautiful, lightweight, slim and sexy notebook with truly astounding battery life. Unfortunately the game has moved on since the TX1XP and Sony’s own Core Duo equipped VAIO SZ1VP would definitely be my choice of notebooks right now. That said, if you absolutely have to have the lightest machine around with the most phenomenal battery life, then there really is nothing to touch the TX2XP.