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Yes, Sony did it: today, it unveiled an 8in netbook - or "ultra-portable PC", as the consumer electronics giant would rather you called it. It also used the term "lifestyle PC". Sony Vaio P Sony's Vaip P: 'lifestyle PC' not netbook Say hello to the Vaio P, a 640g mini laptop with a surprisingly better-than-netbook spec. Said …

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Tony:

Thanks for the information about this machine. How big is the keyboard as percent of standard size?

IMHO small screens need higher resolution for the sake of readability. This machine looks nice based on the screen: the rest is I am sure a standard Atom system.

Anyway, thanks again.

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Bod

Battery

I can see why they avoid the netbook term as it's hardly a netbook if official claims are only 4 hours battery life. Very poor for a netbook, especially at such a high premium price (which is higher still when you have to buy proprietary peripherals as Sony like to lock you into their products).

Will you be able to transfer a Blu-Ray you have purchased to this to watch on the move? I very much doubt it. Sony will probably come up with yet another proprietary DRM format, this time a download format launched on a iTunes-like service and charged at a premium (pay per view even).

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Stop

nice ...but....

Vista?

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A real Vaio ...

This is more like it - a proper Vaio. Not just another expensive notebook but something dinky and novel. Nicer if that "1.6 GHz CPU" actually 2GHz, but the rest looks good. And in truth £595 is not bad - early Vaios cost 2 grand+ for (obviously) much less spec.

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Happy

A nipple mouse

At last! - A netbook with a nipple mouse, this is what I have been waiting for

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It's an Atom

It's an Atom. French Sony site lists some of the configs as an Intel Z520, which is a 1.33GHz single core Atom. Others are the Z530, which is the 1.6GHz single core part.

Pity as it's pretty much the only downside I can see to this machine...

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Ultra-portable should mean light..

*Why* do so few of these reviews mention one of the most important features of an ultraportable - and a selling point for the eee?

Weight.

I am tired of lugging laptops and notebooks considered - by manufacturers and reviewers - to be portable and weighing over 3 Kg.

The eee - **including the charger/power supply** - weighs 1050gms - and has all the functions I actually need for meetings, internet access and email.

Please, if reviewing a new notebook or netbook, could you include the *weight* of the PC - and preferably include the weight of the power supply as well?

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Heart

Hardware looks good, price is okay...

but 2G RAM + weak processor/graphics combo + Vista = fail. Shame - I seriously might have bought one with XP. But MS won't license it to machines with more than 1GB RAM. Still, what's the point in having a monopoly if you don't abuse it, eh?

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Sexy...

But i'll wait and see what CPU it has.. a 1600 resolution on a 8" screen may be a little to tiny for my poor eyes.

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Anonymous Coward

Psion Organiser 3 revisited?

Is it just me, or does the first photo look surprisingly similar to the Psion Organiser 3, of happy memory?

Whenever I see the word 'lifestyle' I clasp my wallet more tightly...

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Not Core2 and not cheap

According to Sony's site, its an Atom processor (a Z530 to be precise). And the basic model will go for £969! Ouch!

(Paris because she knows all about making people pay over the odds for low-end performance)

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Funny aspect

Um, a screen of 2.08:1 so will pillar box 16:9 content but still not wide enough for the full cinema 2.39:1. Suspect painful to use for normal desktop use due to the lack of height. Strange choice.

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IT Angle

not sure if good / bad

Good:

Screen resolution -I have a HP netbook with 1280x800 and a EEE with 800x480 - the difference is major.

Quick Boot to internet.

N wi fi

Bad:

Price

Vista (well for me it is anyway - prepares to be flamed by balmer bum boys)

Unknown CPU - atom or core2 is a big difference. Atom isn't going to make vista fly now is it.

Sony exploding batteries (joke! - but makes the xbots feel better)

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Great!

Sony have produced something I might actually consider buying at a great price for its spec =)

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To pre-empt the ranting...

...yes, it's a very high resolution screen (although not as high as, say, the Touch HD) with an odd aspect ratio. No, it's not the obvious choice for playing videos, and if you try to read it from three feet away with default font sizes, you may struggle. This does not make it pointless, it makes it exactly what I was looking for when I was struggling to program on a mini-note 2133 recently (I couldn't fit a useful amount of code on the screen).

I'm plenty not-fond of Sony as a company for many things, but kudos to them for producing something that a small proportion of the market would find damned useful. I'll be saving up.

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Close, but I won't be buying...

I like the screen, and I'd probably be able to live with that irritating keyboard nubbin mouse, but there are some other issues.

Lack of an Ethernet port is no good really. Sony should have called this thing the Vaio Air. The fact is that I probably won't have an 802.11N network for a while, and even when I do, it won't be nearly as fast as the gigabit port on my HP2133 (or probably even as fast as the piddly Via cpu bottleneck will allow an nfs copy to go.) They'll probably supply ethernet via a docking station that goes in that proprietary port.

Mostly, though, I just seriously doubt that Linux will work on this device at all. Sony has historically done things in as proprietary and bizzare a way as possible, so you more or less have to run Windows and use all the Sony software. Who knows if you'd even be able to run XP.

So I guess I'll just wait for that HP2140, since it's so cheap I can justify replacing my 2133 after a year... especially if I can get the damned video drivers to work properly.

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Anonymous Coward

Psion Netbook

Sony will obviously not call this a Netbook, as Psion have rightly been asking companies not to because they own the trade mark for "Netbook". Why I have not seen this covered by Reg I am not sure.

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Very cool device indeed!

If I didn't already have a UX1XN, I'd be getting one of these.

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lovely...

I had a play on one of these on friday at a trade show... I liked the look when i saw hthe CES preview... and im inlove now that ive used it for real! Vista, yes bloaty and a bit much for the atom, but... its not overly bad! the screen! WOW! crisp isnt the word for it! but the res does make for eyesquinting joy! text is miniscule!

build is tops... head and shoulders above any netbook... and the keyboard is almost full size! £600 is a lot for a netbook clone... but this isnt one of those! yes it has netbookish specs, but its more than that! when 'she' isnt looking i would like to make one mine!!! :)

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