Sony VAIO P Series

Sony VAIO P Series

When Sony unveiled its VAIO P Series, it practically blew everyone away, thanks to its unique, long, lean design, 8-inch display, and its incredible lightness – 1.4 pounds. It’s truly a technological achievement.

But when people tried it out, they were less than impressed. The Sony VAIO Series received comments like:

Underpowered. Bloated with software. Three-cell battery yields only 2 hours of battery life. Needs another price adjustment.


"adequate for light productivity chore"; "less than stellar"; "struggling to redraw the screen when merely closing programs or moving windows around" From PC Magazine’s review and Laptop Magazine respectively. Both also commented that the P series grew "uncomfortably warm" during use.

John Morris, a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine, explains why the VAIO P Series is all style and little substance.

The specs of the VAIO series are as follows:

Processor: Intel (1.33GHz)

Memory and Storage: 60GB HDD available or up to 128GB SSD available * 2GB DDR2 SDRAM

Software: Microsoft Windows Vista (Home Premium 32-bit, Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit

Microsoft® Windows Live OneCare Anti-Virus and Recovery trial edition, Microsoft Streets and Trips

VAIO Startup Assistant, VAIO Media plus.

According to Morris, the reason why most netbooks  run Windows XP is because the Atom simply is ot up to the task of running Vista. Most Netbooks use the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270. Unfortunately the VAIO P Series use the 1.33GHz Atom Z520 – an slower chip originally created for MIDs. And let’s not forget about Sony’s bulky software bundles.Oh, and it also has very short battery life – only 4 hours.

On the other hand, Sony appears to be highlighting the netbook’s style and design. In a PC Magazine review, it is stated that "According to Sony, women aren’t too concerned about what’s inside the system; how it looks is more important." True, we women live and breathe fashion and style – but we also like it when things work properly, especially things that looked really promising when we first laid our eyes on it.

Morris says that either go for a faster processor or ditch Vista and run XP instead. So until Windows 7 is available, or until a better Atom is released, there are better – not to mention cheaper – laptops out there; just not as stylish.

Image source: Sony

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