Sony VAIO VGN-TX3XP - Ultra-Portable Notebook - Sony VAIO VGN-TX3XP

By Riyad Emeran



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Sony VAIO VGN-TX3XP - Ultra-Portable Notebook


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But it’s not the application performance that’s so amazing about the TX series notebooks, it’s always the battery life. The TX1XP turned in an impressive Mobile Mark battery score of five hours 43 minutes, while the TX2XP managed a superb seven hours 11 minutes. But the TX3XP has taken mobile working to a new level by lasting for a staggering nine hours two minutes! That’s truly phenomenal battery life, especially for a machine as small and light as this. Add to that a DVD playback battery life of five hours, 39 minutes and the TX3XP really does look like the ultimate travelling companion.

Once again Sony has priced the new TX machine at the same point that the outgoing model launched at, so the TX3XP is going to set you back £1,699 including VAT. There’s no denying that this is an expensive notebook, but expensive compared to what? What else is out there that weighs only 1.25kg, has an integrated DVD writer AND over nine hours battery life? Right now the Sony VAIO VGN-TXP is in a league of its own.


I still want to see a Sony TX notebook with a dual core CPU, but I understand that until Intel releases an ultra-low voltage Core Duo chip, this is unlikely to happen. The major USP of the TX series is battery life, and with the TX3XP Sony really has surpassed itself. I’ve been listening to notebook manufacturers talking about getting a full day’s work out of one battery charge for years, but Sony has actually achieved this and wrapped it up is a slim, light and stylish package.

The TX3XP keeps the same great chassis design as its predecessors, but manages to throw biometric security in for good measure. The LED backlight screen is also better than before, while the fact that you can barely feel this notebook in your bag will be a huge bonus for frequent travellers like myself.

Yes the VAIO VGN-TX3XP is expensive, but if you need the smallest, lightest, fully featured notebook around with truly staggering battery life, that price will seem more than justified.

Note: The TX3 is also available in black (TX3XP/B) at £1,699, while the pearl white version (TX3XP/W) costs a tempting £1,499.


January 8, 2011, 6:24 am

I have owned a Vaio TX for a few years now and ownership has been great.........

Until is started crashing when I moved it around, particularly when picked up by the front left hand edge. This got so bad I effectively couldn't use it. I was just about to put it in the bin when a well know high street retailer with it own "tech" dept offered to fix it on a no win no fee basis. They gave it back to me saying the mother board was cracked and they couldn't get the part. After a drop of wine a thought I would open her up with nothing to lose. Fortunately for me it proved nothing nore than a lose wire and it became apparent the "tech" dept hadn't even opened it. It appears no one will touch these things to repair because, as I found out for myself, EVERYTHING inside is microscopic!

The one desturbing thing about the whole event was that despite Sony claiming a Carbon fibre construction, frankly necessary for something so "lightweight" there wasn't a scrap of it inside mine. The flex crash problem reoccurs and the screen flexs down on the keyboard leaving marks. It's just under-engineered.

Saying that, battery life is excellent and if you are travelling alot, as I was when I bought it, it really is up there in portability. Its is also very smart looking.

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