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The Sony VAIO P notebook is easily the smallest notebook I have used with a keyboard that allows touch typing. In this video, I give a tour of the VAIO P that shows off all the features of the little notebook. I demonstrate how easy it […]

The Sony VAIO P notebook is easily the smallest notebook I have used with a keyboard that allows touch typing. In this video, I give a tour of the VAIO P that shows off all the features of the little notebook. I demonstrate how easy it is to type on the keyboard and give a feel for the performance of the VAIO P.

Thanks to Dynamism for supplying this evaluation unit.

  1. Hi James,

    Great video. Really quick, on the pronunciation: There are two proper ways to pronounce it. 1) VAIO with the AI pronounced “ay” as in “day” and 2) VAIO with the AI pronounced like a “y” as in “try”. Sony actually had a little side poll that asked visitors how they thought it was pronounced and clicking on either of the two options above was shown as correct. Sorry, “VOW” was shown as wrong.

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  2. heavyharmonies Saturday, March 21, 2009

    The port that you weren’t sure was HDMI or DVI-D is a proprietary port for the port replicator dongle that Sony provides.

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  3. James try installing PowerDVD on the Sony P, just choose the 30 day trail. This will let you run HD Video in full screen with no problem. Intel has to get the right drivers for the Poulsbo Chipset. Also if you turn Aero Glass back on how much does it slow down.

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  4. It’s too bad you’re only getting choppy HD video playback, my 2133 handles 720p just fine.

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  5. James any chance you can put a SD Card in the slot and tell us if it sticks out or sits flush?

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  6. Great build quality as usual from Sony but boy does the battery life blow on these little ones. We’re really talking HTC Shift battery life for these.

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  7. SD cards go totally flush with the unit when inserted.

    The trick to playing video is to use the XMB bar, it is setup to use full Intel hardware codec assist. I found it interesting that James’ unit came with the right hand soft button NOT set to invoke the XMB bar so perhaps this is why he is yet to see the real video playback performance which is flawless using the XMB bar.

    On the USA models that button is also held down when coming out of sleep/power off to invoke the instant on XMB bar as well which gives you the instant on browsing etc… So James: more to explore if you get this working.

    The XMB bar also plays iTunes+ DRM free music which I’ve really been enjoying with my HBH-IS800’s via the dedicated A2DP support which delivers drop out free bluetooth stereo no matter what you’re doing on the unit.

    I did shut down SuperFetch and ReadyBoost to give the unit a nice little general lift in performance (even though I have the SSD as well, it helped.)

    The USA model also comes with a Gobi WWAN module that provides Verizon 3G service and GPS.The wireless slide switch then control WWAN and 3G as well.

    For me it came down to $1100 getting me everything James has except a 1.3GHz CPU but also plus WWAN, GPS, dock adaptor and apparently XMB bar/Instant ON.

    I’ve also mailed in my rebate form to get my $200 back from Verizon.

    I was willing to trade out the $400 extra for the slower CPU plus extra wireless capabilities (and bundled Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009.) The 1.86GHz CPU doesn’t add much since it’s done by increasing the clock multiplier. All 3 speeds of the Atom CPU are running the same FSB speed.

    I picked up the extended battery, which James doesn’t seem to have. The battery is thicker and I think it feels even nicer to carry with the extra bit of battery to grip. But it does add another .4 pounds raising the unit weight to 1.8 pounds.

    I have an REI “hard shell” jacket with an inside pocket that holds the Sony accessory pouch for the Vaio P. I leave the pouch in the pocket and slip the Vaio P in and out of it to carry it around.

    One nice touch with the dock connector is that it slips onto the power brick. This makes the power brick twice as long as you see in James’ photos but I find it still fits nicely in the Sony accessory ditty bag (comes with the pouch) and keeps you from forgetting the dock at the wrong time.

    All in all my first month with my USA model Vaio P has been quite a bit of fun. People absolutely love it when you pull it out of your inner jacket pocket at the ‘bux.

    I also love the “guilt free computing” of knowing that even at full power I’m only consuming 6 watts! This is one very green computing station. The main battery is 16WHr and the extended battery 31WHr. Your typical laptop needs a 45WHr standard battery to eek out the same runtimes.

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  8. Almost forgot: James, if you want a really WOW demo I suggest doing a video with Zinio. When I show off Zinio I always get a wow.

    You hit enter to zoom, scroll with the arrow keys, then enter to un-zoom and arrow to the next page. It works very slick, smooth and is very fancy with all the animations Zinio has. It really shows off the readability of the screen as well since un-zoomed gets you two full pages and zoom gets you enough detail to read one page vertically.

    Highly recommended even if you don’t want to make a video. :-)

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  9. Thanks Scotty for the SD info. Just wanted to know because a lot of Netbooks, or even regular laptops, leave the SD Card stick out when you put it in. It doesn’t matter to much to me, but its nice that it’s flush.

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    1. There is an interview with the designers of the Vaio P posted someplace and in it they talk about wanting the design to be clean so you didn’t have to think about the device when picking it up and putting it down. Having the SD tucked in means I can slide it into its carry pouch with out thinking about “Do I have an SD card hanging out?” You really do just flip it closed and go most of the time.

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  10. Great overview video, thanks James

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