Sony Vaio P - the "Pocket Style PC"
Just got back from lunch with the Sony boys where they pulled the new Vaio P from their jacket pockets.The P debuted at CES last week and has made it here in double quick time.
Sony has dubbed this machine the "Pocket Style PC". It's form factor is long and thin, as opposed to the more traditional notebook shape of other netbooks. Sony wanted to preserve a full-sized keyboard for the machine while still shrinking its overall size. The result is an ultra-widescreen, 8-inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 768 pixels.
The machine measures 245 x 120 x 91.8mm overall. Weight is 599 grams. Two models are availalable here in NZ. The P13 comes with a 1.33GHz Atom processor and a 60Gb HDD and retails for $1,699. The P15 has a 1.6GHz processor and a 64GB SSD and retails for $2,299.
The case is magnesium and four colours are available here in NZ, black, white, red and green.
The machine boasts 3 USB ports, slots for both SD and Memroy Stick, and a special port that is designed to take an adapter that will allow you to plug in a network cable or output to an external display.
A navigation eraserhead is used instead of a trackpad and you can even select items with it with a quick tap. There are also twin mouse buttons and two other very cool buttons on the keyboard rim. One of the two lets you boot into Instant Mode without starting Windows, and presents you with a PS3-style menu for getting to your browser, viewing your photos etc. The other button helps make use of the very wide screen by automatically resizing two open windows to sit side by side on the screen.
The Vaio P also boasts noise-cancelling that works with the provided ear-bud earphones, and has a built-in webcam at the top right of the screen.
The P is equipped with Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi.
HD playback of video content is also provided and you can play AVCHD footage straight from a video camera or off the web.
Even the AC adapter is small.
Running Vista, the P gets along quite nicely, but I'm thinking Windows 7 will be the OS for this machine.
Oh yes, and the keyboard really is nearly full-size and quite comfortable. Except that the space bar is a little close to the rim of the machine and a little hard to hit.