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Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony's VAIO P was never the netbook many people expected it to be - its unusual screen aspect, stand-out form-factor and high sticker price meant it never quite competed with the regular Atom N270 netbook crowd - so the company is back with a far more mainstream alternative.  The Sony VAIO W is an "internet book" with a 10.1-inch screen and Intel's typical N270 1.6GHz processor.

Update: It's official for the US; more details after the cut

Video demo after the cut

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Sharp NJ70A versus Sony VAIO P video boot race

Sharp NJ70A versus Sony VAIO P video boot race

It's Monday morning, so what better way to start the day than with two netbooks most people can't officially buy.  Sharp's Mebius NJ70A is one such device, complete with a touchscreen display in place of a traditional trackpad and Intel's Atom N270 CPU, while the 1.86GHz Sony VAIO P25G has the faster Atom Z540 processor currently unavailable through official channels in the US.  After the cut there's a boot race video, plus more details on that surprisingly clever touchscreen.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony VAIO P Summer refresh tipped: faster Atom?

Sony VAIO P Summer refresh tipped: faster Atom?

According to the latest model numbers dug up by Sony Insider, it looks as though Sony are preparing six new variants of the "it's not a netbook" VAIO P ultraportable.  The codes - which jump from the 500-series of the current generation to a new 700-series - suggest the same array of color options, but also specification updates: VGN-P710T/B, VGN-P710T/R, VGN-P710T/G, VGN-P710T/W and the VGN-P730A/Q and VGN-P730T/Q.

Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony VAIO P benchmarks: 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz plus SSDs

Sony is still causing no amount of frustration among would-be VAIO P buyers with the various levels of configuration and the bemusing differences in availability.  Three processors have been employed - ranging from the 1.33GHz Atom CPU you can buy in the US, through the 1.60GHz version, and up to the 1.86GHz VAIO P that you'd have to source through importers if you wanted it.  Now there are finally benchmarks of all the different configurations (including SSD and HDD versions) to help decide.

Full benchmark results after the cut

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