Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Jan 2009 13:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Register has posted a hands-on video review of the Sony Vaio P, Sony's take on the netbook lifestyle PC. There's not much more to say, so just watch the video and tell us how you feel about it.
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Good Ideas Here
by Pro-Competition on Sat 24th Jan 2009 23:36 UTC
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I really like some of the decisions they made here.

I think the pointing stick is a great fit in an ultraportable. It is very space-efficient, and you don't have to move your hands from the keyboard and back. (Granted, I'm an old ThinkPad loyalist, and I always use the TrackPoint even when a mouse is available.)

I also think the 1600 pixel wide display is very nice. The pixels will obviously be very small, but I like the option of getting a lot of text across the screen if I want to.

They also say it has a full-size keyboard. We'll have to see about that, but if so, that's a plus too.

I'm a little worried about the proprietary expansion port, given the lack of I/O (e.g., wired network), but I guess that's one of the trade-offs.

It's time for a new laptop for me, and this is going to make the decision that much harder. I usually go high-end. But I'm already upgrading my desktop/server to a (cheap) quad-core system, and using virtualization to create task-specific environments, so I am considering a cheaper laptop than usual to use as a remote desktop while at home, because I usually don't do demanding tasks on the road. In this case, the screen and keyboard become prime concerns.

I will have to see this in person before deciding, but I am going to have to consider this one.

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