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I am having a great time sitting outside the local Starbucks using the Sony VAIO P computer. I am amazed at how well I can touch-type on this little thing which is a tribute to Sony for making this as small as possible without being too […]

coffee_man_2I am having a great time sitting outside the local Starbucks using the Sony VAIO P computer. I am amazed at how well I can touch-type on this little thing which is a tribute to Sony for making this as small as possible without being too small. The high-res screen is usable quite easily in Firefox after zooming in with the CTRL-+ keys. One of the first things I did in Vista was change the window properties to use a bigger font in menus and enlarged the close box. That is really the only adjustment I’ve had to make so far. I will report more on the VAIO P as time progresses.

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My most favorite things about the VAIO P so far (size aside):

  • Middle mouse button that provides smooth scrolling with the nubbin trackstick
  • Two programmable launcher buttons (bottom of photo above)
  • Dead silent operation
  • Fast SSD
  • Drop-dead gorgeous screen (even outside in shade)

Least favorite things so far:

  • Right shift key is too small (keep hitting the Up Arrow key)
  • Slower than my MacBook (faster than most netbooks)
  • Vista (needs Windows 7)
  • Battery life (2.5 hours with standard battery, estimated only)
  1. James, did you list Vista as a least favourite thing because you don’t like it or because you find it performs poorly on the Atom processor (I’d have thought the SSD would make up for that)? Will you have time to install Windows 7 and compare the performance?

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    1. I haven’t found Vista performs well on any Atom processor and this would no doubt be better with Windows 7. I will only have this for a few days so no Win7 install in the future.

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    2. Thanks James. If Vista struggles on the 1.8Ghz Atom then I’d hate to think what these things are like running with the 1.2Ghz Atoms that they are shipping with in the US.

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  2. James,
    Right now, based on your experiences for the last 24-48 hrs. Is there a SONY VAIO P in your future? (And I dodnt mean from Ebay 2 years from now for $199 “lightly used” )LOL
    Ron

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  3. Sorry James,
    As always I am reading the site from New Posts first thru Old. I thought you have had the “P” since yesterday morning or so. Not accurate when I say 24-48 hours. But I bet in this 8 hour day, you can probably still answer the question
    Ron

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    1. I haven’t had it long enough to tell. I am enjoying the heck out of it but at $1600 as configured I’ll have to see.

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  4. James -

    Can you play Hulu videos? How about HD YouTube? If I pay that much for a netbook I want it to be able to have solid video too.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hulu video- yes. HD YouTube- choppy. Full-screen Hulu- choppy. Full-screen YouTube- choppy.

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  5. I’m guessing its faster than most netbooks because you have the 1.86/2GB/SSD config.

    Considering that all of the US retail models have the 1.33GHz Z520 Atom, and the model that was shipped to you retails for a solid $1699 at Dynamism, I think I’d rather take a MacBook and an EEE 1000HE or a similar combination. Could you comment on whether or not you feel its worth that $1700?

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  6. James,

    Can you convince them to come out with a tablet version, like next month?
    If not then, then how about the same month Windows 7 comes out? Oh, and with active/passive/cappasitive screen?

    Thanks,

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  7. I’m most interested in learning about real-world battery life.

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    1. You can see some actual usage figures of both the standard and extended batteries here: http://www.pocketables.net/2009/02/sony-vaio-p-battery-life-standard-vs-extended.html

      Looking forward to hearing your continued thoughts on the P, James. It’s definitely my personal favorite purchase so far this year. :)

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  8. If only it had a touch screen and a backlit keyboard.

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  9. Jenn so are you getting around 5 hrs of battery life with the extended battery? I still leaning for that Sony P ever since I saw at the CES Sony Style Store. I also looked at OQO but have heard some long waits for service if you need it.

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  10. James if you did purchase a Sony P would you just get the 1.3Ghz? For web and office stuff I would say it would do just fine. I have the SC3 and for those apps it does fine. Also I see you have the Vista Basic on the Sony P you got for testing?

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    1. It’s running Vista Home Premium.

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