Sony Vaio P: Hands-on

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The Sony Vaio P. The hardware itself is really a work of art. Tech art. From every angle, it oozes high tech beauty. I really can’t say anything negative about the hardware. The only flaw. It’s operating system. It runs on Windows Vista. The whole thing is slow like a snail. This is not mine. Just helping Ed’s brother to set it up. Got it earlier today for RM2,710. Great as a netbook for mobility while traveling. But definitely doesn’t have the muscles to replace a proper laptop computer, let alone a deskstop. 

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My wish is for this baby to run Mac OS X instead. By the trend Apple is going, the rumored Apple netbook would pretty much follow the steps of a MacBook. Aluminum body with black keyboards. Honestly, between that and this Sony – I’d choose the Sony any day. (looks wise)

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Placed side by side with my wireless mouse, you can tell this baby is tiny. The screen is a 8″ LED-backlit display with native resolution of 1600 x 768. It’s super wide. But for older folks or people with poor eye sight, this will be a problem as the fonts on the menu, icons and etc are a tad small. I am sure there are some settings to adjust it, but its default settings, would make you squint like hell.

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It comes in 4 different colors. Black and White for lower end models. Dark Green, Red for the SSD high end models. The black unit is a finger prints magnet. The green unit pictured here is lighter than the actual Dark Green which looks more like a black unit from afar. The red one, just too girly. Personally, the white one is just ace.  

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The P-series also incorporate an “Instant Mode”, which uses a Linux build coupled with Sony’s XrossMediaBar interface to provide web-browsing and media player capabilities with a 20-second boot time. An integrated webcam is located on the upper right corner. It also features built-in GPS, Bluetooth 802.11 b/g/n and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 video card. It has no optical drive, like most ultraportables and netbooks. Dependent on the model, storage is either a 60GB HDD or 64GB or 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive).

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As you can see here, it features one of those tiny track-mouse located in the middle of the keyboard. If you have huge fingers like me, get a wireless mouse instead. I’ve paired this baby with a Logitech Bluetooth wireless mouse. Works like charm. 

To sum it up, Sony Vaip P is great for traveling, surfing, instant messaging and video chats – of course, blogging too. In the end, it really depends on your mindset when using this. If you know its an ultra-portable device and lower your expectation on speed and performance, then this will serve you well. But if you’re thinking of doing gaming, watching HD videos and all – this baby will choke.

6 Responses to “Sony Vaio P: Hands-on”


  1. 1 virtualess (again) April 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Hi BM,

    Wah, you give so much high praise for this baby – even without comparing it to Mac’s netbook!

    Can this thing run LINUX? If it does, maybe that will be just cool enough.

    Yes, Windows is a FAT OS, and it is about MS wakes up to the cold fact that they are no longer the leader in the software world. Not for long.

    The more I explore Google’s products, the more I am certain they are on the right track.

    I mean – cloud computing stuff. Look, even Mac’s iWorks has a cloud beta version.

    Tell me a little more about this Sony baby – I think a lot of ladies will be falling in love with it. True?

  2. 2 BigMacky April 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    WK

    It really is a beauty. A definite choice over all current netbooks in the market. Again, just looks wise. Now, after installing Skype, MSN and VLC, the hardisk space of 60Gb is half gone. Kinda ridiculous. The OS + all pre-installed softwares alone took up almost 45% of space available. Not sure about installing Linux.

    Being the Apple fanboy that I am, it just felt wrong not to wait for the rumored Apple Netbook before jumping onboard the netbook wagon. I am in no hurry anyway, I can wait. I don’t travel that much to need to get one soon. Its just one of those “wants” over “needs” situation again.

    As I said, its great for blogging, instant messaging and surfing while you’re traveling or out and about. I dread to find out how snail like running Photoshop on this thing will be – for simple photo editing / blogging. Just need to resize and crop. Maybe alternative softwares will be better.

    Ladies falling for this? Nah, I doubt it. So far, all the people around me who are using this are guys. My boss has one, a red one! Eeeeek!

  3. 3 virtualess (again) April 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Your boss has one ONLY? Hahaha!

    The best netbook for me right now is the iPod touch! Am I an Apple fanatic now? I just showed off how cool the UI to my Brother in law, who is not a fan of iPhone.

    I have so much to do in my life – business, gadget-hobby, friends, social works, social-hobby-spiritual development, and among the next next thing I plan to explore is how efficient iDisk over an airport extreme can be – being able to use it like a server-HD kind of thing, as I have two Macs now at home, and also one VERY old but my fav IBM X40 notebook (which is now more or less a Netbook, but it is by far the best notebook I loved but had to give up cause the HD is too little and the screen is dying – they all do after a few years of hard work).

  4. 4 BigMacky April 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

    WK

    What’s with the (again) in your nick? Cloud computing, Android phones, Linux on Vaio etc. Are you sure you’re in the right line of work? I can’t agree more that u have one heck of a busy life with all the social work and hobby you got going. I don’t have enough time just sitting at home doing absolutely nothing. Not enough time!

    Not sure how to react to your “your boss has only ONE” comment. Can’t help but to think you ain’t referring to his hardware. Eh, that didn’t sound right either. Doh!

  5. 5 Nat April 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Besides the Sony VAIO with the pink crocodile skin, which i have truely madly fallen in love with, i think this must be in a very close tie! I love both hard position to choose one from the other at the moment. The only question it wouldn’t possibly come in pink as well would it???? 😀

  6. 6 BigMacky April 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Nat

    Knowing Sony, they most probably will. Oh dear! No!!!!!!!!!


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