Sony VAIO VGN-T150
Design and Ergonomics
This model belongs to the famous family of computers united under the common name of VAIO and manufactured by the famous Sony. You immediately feel Sony’s special style, charm and originality of design. Every little detail is well thought-out. Every decoration is also functional: the rounded projection on the back panel is connected to the battery without distorting the roundness of the outline. The case is made of some robust composite material. It is rough to the touch, so the device is unlikely to slip off your fingers. The color scheme is restrained, even conservative: deep blue is combined with dark gray and black.
Inside, everything is compactly arranged to be in harmony with the notebook’s overall style. The widescreen LCD display of this model is one of the best among the reviewed models. Its wide viewing angles and brightness range allow to work comfortably under different external lighting. The fast matrix and the correct color reproduction let you enjoy watching movies and viewing digital photographs.
The keyboard is super, too. The keys are all their normal size and the layout is standard. The auxiliary keys like Shift, Enter, Backspace, etc., are large, so you can’t miss them with your fingers at touch-typing. The block of cursor-controlling keys is separated from rest of the keyboard with blank spots, which help to avoid typing errors, too. The touchpad with two buttons didn’t raise my concerns, but didn’t impress me, either. It has an average sensitivity, but sometimes reacts falsely.
There are two groups of LED indicators between the screen and the keyboard: the keyboard-related Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock, and the system-related Battery charge, HDD activity, Card-reader activity.
A group of playback controls are located to the left of the indicators and they are accessible when the lid is closed, too. The Power button with a LED indicator is also accessible irrespective of the position of the notebook’s lid.
Unlike with many other sub-notebook models reviewed here, the front panel of the VAIO VGN-T150 is densely populated with all manner of interface ports, buttons and indicators. In its left part you can see a volume control and a sound effects button as well as headphones and microphone connectors. A vent grid is below the center of the panel. To the left of it, a mechanical switch of the wireless adapters and LED indicators of activity of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are located.