One of Sony's favorite things to say about the Vaio P is that it can fit in your pocket. The prospect of having such a small device intrigued many people and made the Vaio P highly anticipated going into CES. Good news? The Vaio P seems like a great device. Bad news? It barely fits in your pocket, and Sony is paying the price.
Import specialists Dynamism have begun taking pre-orders for the Japanese version of the Sony VAIO P ultraportable, complete with its 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor. The US version of the notebook has a slower 1.33GHz CPU which, as we discovered recently, leads to some disappointing benchmark results. For $1,549, though, you can have the 1.86GHz processor, together with the 64GB SSD, in the Japanese P version. As you might expect, though, there are a few caveats making this a tricky decision.
When you can count the top gadgets of CES on the fingers of one hand, Sony's new VAIO P Digital Lifestyle PC certainly figures high on that list. SlashGear was invited to an exclusive Sony event this week and given one of eight pre-production units to test out over the next two weeks; I've been carrying the VAIO P instead of my second-gen Apple MacBook Air (reviewed here) and in advance of our full review have got some first impressions.
Shortly after officially announcing the new VAIO P, Sony spent some time demonstrating the brand new ultraportable to SlashGear. In our video demo, here are all the details missing from the sparse press release: ports, memory card slots, everything you want to know about VAIO P connectivity.
Sony today officially announced the VAIO P Lifestyle PC, their answer to the popular netbook niche. The $900 1.4lb ultraportable measures roughly as long as a business envelope, and has integrated WAN WiFi b/g/n, LAN and Bluetooth with Verizon 3G EV-DO. It's around 10-percent smaller than the VAIO TT.
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It looks like Sony is really jumping into the Netbook business. All the teasing comes to almost a climax today when the company released specs and a picture of what they're calling the Sony P or P-series. According to SonyStyle, the P stands for "pocket". Whether the P fits in my pant pocket or not, I can't wait to get my hands on a unit; hopefully sooner than later.
In the wake of Sony New Zealand's teaser campaign, promising a new VAIO announcement on January 9th, comes Sony Japan's piece of the puzzle. In their slightly more forthcoming teaser a woman is shown taking a long, narrow device out of her handbag - a device similar in proportions to the VAIO netbook seen at the FCC - with the tagline "VAIO New Mobile Coming Soon".
When first announced back in September, the Sony VAIO LV-series was described as a High-Definition PC/TV. That blurring of distinctions between computer and entertainment gives a good idea of how the company envisages their all-in-one slotting into your lifestyle; a relatively rare HMDI input, allowing external sources to use the LV as a 1080p-capable display, helps single the system out even further. Are TV tuners, Blu-ray and Dolby Digital surround sound enough to let the VAIO LV replace your current HDTV?
Sony's VAIO VGF-HS1 Home Server, which was launched in Japan back in May, has finally appeared in the US. Unlike its fellow circular-HTPCs, the HS1 is basically a network-attached storage and streaming device; outfitted with 1TB of storage from dual 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drives, it supports remote backup, DLNA streaming and one-touch photo and video transfer.