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Before you turn the notebook on you can notice mirror reflections on the screen which do not vanish completely even when it is working. So, if light falls on the screen at a wrong angle, you’ll see your own face on the screen.

The VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S offers nine screen brightness grades, the lowest of which is comfortable enough for work.

I measured the screen brightness with a Pantone ColorVision Spyder tool and OptiCAL 3.7.8 software. The glass coating of the screen didn’t allow me to measure the contrast ratio since external light still found way and interfered with the measurement tool. The level of black varied from acceptable to downright poor depending on the external lighting, so I won’t publish the numbers I got. The brightness of the screen, on the contrary, varied very little between the power sources:

  • 111.0 cd/sq.m when powered by the electric mains
  • 110.5 cd/sq.m when working on the battery

The Sony VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S doesn’t have too many interfaces, yet it does have everything necessary for comfortable work. The I/O interfaces are also properly placed around the case.

A Wireless switch and a wireless connection activity indicator are in the left part of the front panel:

Closer to the center of the panel, there are two speakers. Their maximum volume is still rather low, so the headphones output is most appropriate, especially considering that the notebook is positioned as an outdoor digital companion.

The following connectors and controls are located in the left part of the front panel:

  • Line output (for headphones or external speakers)
  • Microphone input
  • Mute/Sound Effect button (it is accompanied with LED indicators)
  • Two volume control buttons

The left panel of the notebook is the most densely populated one:

  • 15-pin D-Sub for connecting an external monitor
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • FireWire port
  • PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II)
  • PC Card eject button
  • Card-reader for Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and Memory Stick Duo formats
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