Sony’s New High-End VAIO P Series Netbook and Its First Impression

Submitted by lalit on January 9, 2009 - 3:10pm.

Almost two weeks before the CES, Sony started a teaser website for its upcoming netbook. Now, Sony has officially launched its new VAIO P series netbook. Specification-wise the new VAIO P comes with 8-inch LED backlit LCD screen, 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM, Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 with up to 760MB shared graphics memory, Intel’s High Definition Audio, 60GB hard drive (option of 128GB SSD), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, integrated 3G, GPS, built-in webcam, multimedia card slot and 82 keys QWERTY keyboard.
The two features that sets P series apart from other netbooks are its ultra high resolution 1600 x 768 screen and its 1.4 pounds weight, which is almost half of any netbook available on market today. The laptop measures 9.65” x 0.78” x 4.72”, not small enough to fit in a letter envelope (as suggested by teaser website), but smaller than any netbook. The P series is based on Windows Vista Home Premium and uses a pointing stick in place of trackpad.
Our first impression of the new P series netbook is that its screen is just brilliant and 2GB RAM definitely makes a lot of difference. Although it weighs five times a normal cellphone, but it is half the weight of any netbook or laptop available today. So as a mobile computing device, it can be an excellent choice, if you don’t want the power of a full-fledged laptop. The one thing that we didn’t like about the new P-series is its pointing stick. Some how when we think of a laptop or netbook trackpad comes naturally to mind. Using a pointing stick is slower than using a trackpad, but then again using a netbook in place of a laptop is slower.
The VAIO P-series is available for pre-order in four colors Onyx Black, Garnet Red, Emerald Green and Crystal White. The starting price of the netbook is $899 and the 128GB SSD version is going for $1499. You can pre-order the netbook on Sony’s website now for delivery in late January. Retailers will get the P-series netbooks in February.