Summary: The VAIO P offers a highly portable design and high-resolution screen, and new enhancements like its accelerometer and small trackpad make this mini laptop more versatile than its predecessor. But the $899 price tag ensures that this secondary notebook will attract only a niche crowd, and you don't even get a 6-cell battery for the base price.
Pros: Good video playback, Attractive high-res screen, New touchpad integrated into bezel, Instant-on functionality
Cons: Expensive, Short endurance with default battery, Tinny quiet speakers, Poor webcam
Conclusion: Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless are built in, as is a VGA webcam. SD and Memory Stick Duo/Magic Gate flash-card slots are located on the Sony's front edge. There's one USB 2.0 port on each side of the notebook, along with a headphone jack and wireless on/off switch on the left and a proprietary connector on the right. The last is for a dongle that adds VGA and Ethernet ports to the system; it should be standard, but it's a $60 option.
Excerpt: The stylish Sony VAIO P-Series “lifestyle” netbooks were first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), last year, in 2009. At that time, the P-Series looked like they were focused more towards women, because of their super stylish design. (more...)...
Conclusion: We said it last year and we'll say it again: the Sony Vaio P is all about the keyboard and the display. No other tiny PC offers a usable keyboard and a widescreen display that banishes side-scrolling, even at the more viewable 1280 pixel setting. Sony addressed our complaints with the second generation model, making the keyboard even better, increasing battery life, improving video playback and adding the handy resolution switcher for more comfortable reading.
Pros: Unique full Windows 7 PC with a very good keyboard and widescreen display. Superb build and looks.
Cons: Pricey, speed is adequate but still in the netbook range.
Summary: It's good to see Sony fronting with a different style of ultra portable PC in an overcrowded market. It'll run just as well as any with a bit of fine tuning, but whether you can cope with screen size and lack of a trackpad is as personal a choice as to whether eat Marmite or not. That, and the usual Sony tax applies. Why so much? Definitely a try before you buy.
Summary: But given that modern smartphones offer a more usable, albeit smaller, interface along with mobile data and turn-by-turn navigation, we’d warrant that even the hardiest road warrior would prefer the combination of a smartphone and an ultraportable that’s easier on the eyes and fingers. This leaves us with only one possible target demographic for the Vaio P: leprechauns.
Pros: Windows 7; 2GB RAM; 256GB SSD; wireless broadband and GPS; incredibly portable.
Cons: Incredibly expensive; too tiny to use comfortably; no touch pad.
Excerpt: The Good Attractive design Unique form-factor Light and compact Impressive screen resolution Familiar keyboard size Responsive for Vista on limited resources Memory Card Duo and SD readers Integrated Verizon broadband The Bad Poor HD playback Limited battery life Expensive high-end model Lacks full 'notebook' capabilities Pointing stick takes time to get used to While the majority of computer makers choosing to enter the netbook market have aimed to produce the most...
Pros: Attractive design, Unique form-factor, Light and compact, Impressive screen resolution, Familiar keyboard size, Responsive for Vista on limited resources, Memory Card Duo and SD readers, Integrated Verizon broadband
Cons: Poor HD playback, Limited battery life, Expensive high-end model, Lacks full 'notebook' capabilities, Pointing stick takes time to get used to
Conclusion: The VAIO P is available in black and white colors for the base model which is priced at AED 3495 with a 1.6GHz CPU/1GB RAM and an 80GB Hard Drive. Alternatively, you can also get it in red and golden for the higher price of AED 4995 that has a 1.8GHz CPU/2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD. That might seem overly expensive for a netbook, but this isnt a netbook- at least not by Sony’s definition.
Excerpt: CES 2009 held few drool-worthy surprises for tech aficionados, but Sony’s svelte Vaio P definitely qualifies as one of them. The company’s answer to the booming netbook market manages to make its already-small competitors look like giant toys, with typical Sony style to seal the deal. It even offers a high-resolution screen and 3G modem built in.
Conclusion: After years in the ultraportable market, Sony has gotten it just about right: it's all about the keyboard and the display. The Vaio P series offers the best keyboard on an ultraportable or netbook, and enough screen resolution to do serious work with no side-to-side scrolling and room for toolbars and application palettes. In fact, the display's resolution is higher than most full sized notebooks up to 15 inches! Caveat: that means you'll need good eyes to read text.
Pros: Super small and light, fantastic looks, higher specs than Netbooks., Small but not too small to use thanks to the large keyboard and high resolution display. Fantastic display: ultra-sharp, bright and vivid. Very good keyboard that beats other netbooks.
Cons: Improvements come at a cost and the Vaio P costs more than basic Netbooks. Fonts are tiny., High resolution is hard on the eyes, video playback performance isn't great (installing Cyberlink brings it up to decent but not great status), battery life so-so with standard battery.