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The terms “restyling” and “tuning” make one think about cars, but why not about computers? There is always something new in the PC industry, the materials and hardware parts are being constantly improved and replaced with better ones to achieve the highest performance and usability. Following these changes, the end-products are updated, too. And new series of products appear to reflect the rapid changes in technology.

This review serves to illustrate the point. We are going to talk about Sony’s new VAIO TX series of notebooks which has come to replace the popular VAIO T2 (not so long ago we tested the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S notebook from the latter series on our site, for details see our article called Small but Stylish: SONY VAIO VGN-T2XRP-S Notebook Review).

The new series was introduced in the wake of Intel’s announcement of the new mobile platform Sonoma. Like the first-generation mobile platform from Intel, the Sonoma included a Pentium M processor, a 915 series chipset, and a new dual-band wireless network adapter PRO/Wireless 2200BG. As you know from our earlier reviews, the new chipset incorporates almost all modern interfaces and controllers, previously unavailable to users of notebooks based on the Centrino platform, particularly PCI Express and Serial ATA. Processors on the Dothan core had been announced a few months before the Sonoma, and were used in the first-generation Centrino already.

The VAIO VGN-TX1XRP model features the 915GMS chipset (specifically designed for use in ultra-portable notebooks and expected to work in pair with Pentium M processors of LV and ULV modifications) and the Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage 753 processor (Dothan core, 1.2GHz clock rate).

The developers’ goal when creating this notebook was to employ cutting-edge technologies to produce a thinnest and lightest, portable and ergonomic device. The case of the notebook is made of a special carbon plastic material which is light, yet very robust. The new LED-based backlighting helped to make the display thinner, larger and more economical. As a result, the weight of the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP is a mere 1.25kg!

These are the main points of interest in the new notebook. Let’s now examine it in more detail and compare its performance with that of the previous model, Sony VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S.

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