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Sony VAIO P


$899.00 Released February, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Great screen with an amazing resolution for the size. Extremely lightweight and small. Sleek Sony Vaio styling.

The Cons:Expensive. No Linux version available. GPS uses Microsoft Streets and Maps by default which means no turn-by-turn directions.

Leaked onto the Sony website before Christmas 2008, the Sony P-series is Sony's late answer to the netbook phenomena. With more information given at CES 2009, it appears that the P-series will feature a 1.33GHz Intel Processor, an 8" LED backlit screen with 1600 x 768 resolution, 802.11N and 3G WWAN, a GPS module and a 60GB HDD, 64GB SSD or 128GB SSD.

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Product Shot 2 With a fairly large keyboard with no touchpad, the device will have a ThinkPad style pointer, runs Windows Vista, and a battery life of 4 hours (or 8 with a larger/heavier high capacity battery). Alongside the Windows OS Sony is adding an "instant-on" lite-OS based on its Cross Media Bar (XMB) interface that will let you access music, Internet and e-mail without fully booting the computer.

Specs

  • 1.33GHz Intel Processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8" LED backlit screen
  • weight: 1.5 or 1.4 pounds
  • 1600x768 resolution
  • 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD or 120GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel graphics
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Card slots: Memory Stick PRO, Multi-media Card, SD memory card
  • Battery: up to 4 hours (or 8 depending on batter)
  • WiFi b/g/n, Stereo Bluetooth
  • Integrated 3G WAN and GPS
  • MSRP: starts at $899
  • Release date: February 2009

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Pros
  • 10

    great screen with an amazing resolution for the size

  • 10

    extremely lightweight and small

  • 8

    sleek Sony Vaio styling

  • 8

    good connectivity

  • 6

    decent battery life

  • 6

    large keyboard - the product design is centered around making sure the keybard is a useful size

  • 5

    all the bells and whistles - 3G, GPS, decent battery life, wireless N

  • 4

    Instant-on Sony XMB

  • 3

    you can use Garmin Mobile PC for GPS driving directions (costs $59)

  • 2

    clearly in UMPC territory - price is fairly low considering what you get in the form factor

  • 2

    3G wireless data connectivity

  • 1

    now available with a matte cover (2010 version)

  • 1

    optical trackpad and mouse buttons on the display bezel for using the device with an alternate grip (2010 version)

  • 1

    built-in accelerometer for displaying websites, ebooks, etc... in a more natural portrait mode (2010 version)

Cons
  • 10

    expensive

  • 5

    no Linux version available

  • 5

    GPS uses Microsoft Streets and Maps by default which means no turn-by-turn directions

  • 5

    poor video playback - nothing smooth beyond 320x240

  • 4

    XMP Crippled to only play Mpeg1, Mpeg2 and WMV, no Mpeg4 or DivX

  • 3

    no touchpad

  • 2

    Thinkpad-style pointer can be difficult to use

  • 2

    no palm rest

  • 1

    VGA / Ethernet dongle costs $60

  • 1

    display is glossy

  • 1

    poor value for the price - a much better laptop can be had for the price, or a much better netbook can be had for a lot less

  • 1

    horrible battery life compared to premium lightweight laptops, most notebooks

  • 1

    screen size too small

  • 0

    Vista

  • 0

    no 1.6GHz model available in US

  • 0

    No support for graphic card under linux

  • 0

    GPS disabled on some models (P-50)

  • -1

    only one size available, a 10" would have been nice

  • -1

    No Windows XP drivers available

  • -1

    No touchscreen

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