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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Meh
by Moochman on Sat 24th Jan 2009 18:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

Pros:
1) It's from Sony.

2) It looks pretty damn sexy.

Cons:
1) It's from Sony. Usually this means it's bundled full of crapware.

2) Vista. Why, oh why, can't there be an XP option?

3) Pointing stick. Not the biggest fan. Then again an undersize touchpad isn't my idea of fun either....

4) Screen ratio. What's it really good for other than watching movies? I could see using it in vertical mode as an eBook reader, but otherwise I'm thinking you won't be able to fit all that much (readable) text on the short screen.

Summary:
It's a pretty sweet-looking machine, and compared to Sony's other ultraportable offerings, it's cheap. But unless Sony lets you install XP on this thing (read: lets you download XP drivers online), it's no deal for me.

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RE: Meh
by AdamW on Sat 24th Jan 2009 20:11 in reply to "Meh"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, I'm going to run Linux on it, so I don't care about the Windows issues (crappy Vista, and crapware).

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RE[2]: Meh
by Moochman on Sun 25th Jan 2009 05:12 in reply to "RE: Meh"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

That's a good plan, and I'd be curious to hear how it goes. If it turns out to be possible to get suspend/resume working on Sony's hardware and there's little-to-no loss of battery life, then I'd consider giving it a shot.

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RE: Meh
by bm3719 on Mon 26th Jan 2009 19:35 in reply to "Meh"
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2006-05-30

That screen ratio really is awful. 16:10 is usable. 16:9 is a little cramped when you want to full screen an app that has a lot of toolbars (like most web browsers and document editors). 16:7.68 though? Are ever-shorter screens considered progress?

The resolution seems a bit high for an 8" screen as well. I guess you can make your fonts huge, but then you have that screen height issue again. I'm all for lighter netbooks, but it has to be usable for tasks like programming (which I can comfortably do on a 10" eee). I can see this screen giving me massive eyestrain.

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