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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.