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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 reviews of Sony VAIO TZ298N/XC. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and battery, whereas the size and durability get negative reviews. Comments are divided on the screen.

portability, battery, image quality

performance, keyboard, price, durability, size

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Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (



Sony's lavishly priced VAIO VGN-TZ298N ultraportable has both SSD and spinning hard drives but is dragged down by the high cost of the SSD, a feeble processor, and a heavy load of bloatware.

Dazzling looks. Ultra slim and light. Huge storage capacity. Phenomenal battery life.

Insanely expensive. Eliminating the optical drive was not a good idea. Severely underpowered. Massive software load. Only a 91 percent keyboard.

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Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Jamie Bsales (

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N/XC Laptop Review and Ratings


For business travelers who value portability over creature comforts, the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N/XC might be worth the tradeoffs—and the steep price—that come with its small size.

Very portable ; Bright, sharp screen ; Long list of standard features

Cramped keyboard, screen ; External optical drive ; Merely passable performance ; Pricey

May, 2008

Product Specifications

Be the envy of your next business meeting. The sleek and incredibly portable VAIO TZ298N/X notebook is a real attention-grabber. The razor-thin 11.1" LCD panel displays DVDs in beautiful color. And when you're on the go, the integrated WWAN will keep you connected via the lightning-quick Sprint Mobile Broadband Service.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):8.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:11.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):28.2cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO / Sony VAIO TZ Series

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Color:Premium carbon black


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90 / ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.33GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:U7700
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Hybrid Hard Drive/Solid State Drive
Type:Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:314GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950