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I measured the brightness and contrast of the displays using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. I selected the maximum brightness setting and launched the test, but the display parameters changed when I switched to the notebooks’ batteries. I performed the test with both graphics cores of each notebook:

Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B:

Intel GMA 950

  • AC power source: 116.9cd/sq.m brightness, 248:1 contrast ratio
  • DC power source: 96.7cd/sq.m brightness, 230:1 contrast ratio

Nvidia GeForce Go 7400

  • AC power source: 117.6cd/sq.m brightness, 196:1 contrast ratio
  • DC power source: 116.4cd/sq.m brightness, 228:1 contrast ratio

Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C:

Intel GMA 950

  • AC power source: 130.4cd/sq.m brightness, 184:1 contrast ratio
  • DC power source: 112.3cd/sq.m brightness, 193:1 contrast ratio

Nvidia GeForce Go 7400

  • AC power source: 130.8cd/sq.m brightness, 177:1 contrast ratio
  • DC power source: 112.2cd/sq.m brightness, 190:1 contrast ratio

I wouldn’t say the notebooks offer an abundance of interfaces and ports, but you do have everything necessary here.

The left panel of each of the reviewed models has the following connectors (from left to right):


Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B


Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C

  • Microphone socket
  • Headphones socket
  • 4-pin i.Link S400 port (IEEE1394 or FireWire)
  • 15-pin D-Sub connector for an external monitor
  • PC Card slot (for one card of type I or II)

  • PC Card eject button
  • Card-reader indicator
  • Card-reader (supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and Memory Stick Duo)

The right panels of the notebooks are identical, too. They offer you the following:


Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B


Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C

  • Optical drive with an activity indicator, an eject button and an emergency ejection hole
  • ExpressCard/34 slot with a plastic cover

  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • LAN port (RJ-45)
  • Modem port (RJ-11)

The LAN and modem ports are hidden under a plastic cover.

The disc eject button is small and hard to find by touch. Besides that, the engineers wanted to make as thin a notebook as possible while gravity pulls the disc tray down: when it is fully out, it touches the surface the notebook is standing on, which is not good.

 
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