Monday, February 09, 2009

Sony Vaio P: tiny, sexy beast

What's this? Has Sony branched out into ladies leather goods? Is that a Sony-branded clutch for your next evening out? Nope, it's the new Sony Vaio P ultra-compact laptop. 
Dynamism, the tech site with all the best hardware goodies from overseas that haven't quite made it to the states yet, lists these specs:


Intel Atom processor Z540 1.86GHz

Intel Atom processor Z520 1.33GHz

Display (Internal)

1600 x 768




Communication - US Models (VGN-P5XXX models):

- Bluetooth Technology

- Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth Technology (2.1 + EDR)

- Atheros 802.11 b/g/n

- Integr ated mobile broadband



Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500


60GB Hard Disk Drive

64GB Solid State HD

128GB Solid State HD

Display (External)

via VGA : 1600—1200

Integrated Ports

1x Headphone Jack

2x USB Port (2.0 compliant)

1x I/O Port

Physical Features

9.65"(W) x 0.78"(H) x 4.72"(D)


1.4 / 1.5 lbs


Like most Sony products, it looks great and they clearly put a lot of resources into design. In fact, I'm still quite happy with my current four year old Sony Vaio VGNTX-650P, which is a sexy, lightweight workhorse in its own right, albeit more mature. Sort of like Julianne Moore compared to Reese Witherspoon or Angela Bassett compared to Jada Pinkett Smith.

I still love it, even though I just had to replace the hard drive, which was a monumental saga of wasted trips, shady tech stores (yeah, you Computer Sonics in Tukwila, which assured me that a USED hard drive sold at nearly full price was the right one. Yeah, if I was running a Mac.), and inept sales staffers (Hi Worst Best Buy!). I finally gave in and paid Sony to fix it for me, which they did with aplomb, although it took a little longer.

But if I could buy another laptop, like a super sexy "travel laptop" and not have J.'s head explode over me getting yet another tech gadget, this would be the one. It's beautiful, portable, and pretty nicely equipped for a backup (not main) device, which is pretty much what reviewers like the experts at Gizmodo are saying about it. I'll have to hit the Sony Style store in University Village and get some hands on  time to pant and drool soon. Hey: you know who could really use a laptop this size? Ava. I mean, shouldn't she start getting used to computers in time for preschool? Hey, J., guess what?

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