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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Sony Vaio P-Series Ultra Portable Notebook
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 01.03.09 - 09:58:55 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 17765x
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Back in January, Sony unveiled the Sony VAIO P-Series, a Netbook-spec'd kind of ultra portable PC which carries a new form factor anyway. With a very unique dimension, slightly larger than an office letter envelope, the VAIO P-Series is powered by Intel's Atom platform, features 2 GB RAM, either comes with a 60 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD and also includes - the for me so important - WWAN connectivity by featuring Option's quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and GPS-enabled platform. The VAIO P weighs less than 618 - 640 g and the 8" screen, with a power efficient LED backlight, sports a quite uncommon resolution of 1600x768 pixel!

Unlike other Netbooks, and because Sony doesn't count the Vaio P as a Netbook at all, this ultra portable PC comes with Microsoft Windows Vista and features a Linux-based quick-start OS called XMB (XrossMediaBar) at the touch of a button. The XMB user interface is perfect for a quick browse on the web, instant messaging, music playback, etc.

The Vaio P above is an exclusive model (called VGN-P19VN/Q) which is currently available in Europe for pre-order from the Sony Style Store. Unlike the HDD versions, it's available in black only but features beside the SSD also an 1.6 GHz CPU instead of the 1.33 GHz Intel Atom CPU.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Johnny on 02.03.09 - 20:33:40

Arne just wondering can it playback HD video?

Thanks Johnny

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.03.09 - 07:50:11

Do you mean a Blue-ray HD video or something from the web? I don't have a Blue-ray player, therefore I cannot test it. However, HD YoutTube or QuickTime works but you see that the Atom CPU comes to the limit.

Posted by Transporter on 03.03.09 - 13:26:06

Thanks for the video, looks pretty good. Please let us know how good the Vaio is in your daily work.

Posted by Johnny on 03.03.09 - 17:54:32

Ok so YouTube HD works smoothly or struggles? I was talking more of Torrented videos that come out in 720p? Only if you had any?

Thanks Again

Johnny

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.03.09 - 12:48:23

@Johnny: It womewhat works but it struggles (for sure). Keep in mind - even if it's running the latest Atom CPU and sports 2 GB of RAM, it's still a Netbook "only", even if it comes in a different size... Don't expect a hardcore multimedia machine.

Posted by Mike on 16.03.09 - 00:12:18

Videos work fine if you don't use the native Vista codecs. Dowload the freeware Vista Codecs package for smooth 720p video playback even with a 1.33 processor.

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