Sony finally enters the netbook market. Surprised? According to Sony, the VAIO P-series is not a netbook. It’s a very portable mini computer that is powered by an Intel Atom CPU meant to surf the web. It’s not a netbook.
Anyways, the Sony VAIO W series is a netbook. It’s has an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 10.1 inch screen, 1GB memory, 160GB Hard drive, Bluetooth, wireless N, and runs XP Home.
I’ll start with the cons. It has the older, less capable Intel GMA 950 chipset and a battery that’s rated for 2 hours of use. It’ll cost about $500. I mean, for $500, I expect this netbook to last more than 2 hours.
Now for the only good thing about this netbook that differientiate it from the rest. The screen. It’s a 10.1″ LED backlit LCD with a native resolution of 1366×768. Most 10.1″ netbooks have a native resolution of only 1024×600.
I love CES time. New gadgets and computers are being announced. It’s almost too much to gadget news for one week. The hottest news is probably the launch of Sony’s new netbook, the VAIO P series. I always knew Sony would have their very own netbook. But the prices may make you think otherwise. Let’s get with the pics and specs first.
Now for the Specs.
Intel (1.33GHz) CPU
60GB HDD or up to 128GB SSD
2GB DDR2 SDRAM
Up to 4 hours of battery life
Atheros 802.11 b/g/n
Memory Stick Pro Slot
SD memory card slot
Full GPS Capabilities
Integrated Mobile Broadband
8″ display with Xbrite-ECO LCD LED Back lit (1600×768)
Starting at $899
For sure, the keyboard is going to be extemely cramped. Don’t count on writing your novel on this sucker. A long email might even be challenging. Windows Vista on this unit will definitely slow it down. At only 2GB of memory and a 1.33GHz CPU, that’s barely enough to run the OS smoothly. It’s going to be slow and it’s going to run a little hot. The display is pretty impressive. At only 8 inches, Sony managed to cram an extremely high resolution into a tiny LCD. That’s good and bad. You’ll see everything on the screen, but you’ll be squinting also.
It’s definitely a high end netbook. But it might be a little too high end. It starts at $899 and goes all the way up to $1499. That’s far too much to pay for a netbook. At $899, $1499, or anything in between, I could buy a nice little laptop/netbook that has much more muscle and some style.
The Sony Vaio FW139E/H is a laptop with some interesting specs. First things first, it’s $1100 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com. What makes this laptop special is the high definition 16.4 inch widescreen (1600×900). That 16:9 aspect ratio for all your widescreen movies. So this laptop is a perfect desktop replacement. At 6.4 pounds, it can be portable, but not recommended. This is definitely the laptop for movie buffs that travel a lot. It’s also good for everyday home use. It packs enough power to tackle whatever you throw at it and a roomy 250GB hard drive for lots of storage.
Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz
3GB DDR2 Memory
250GB Hard Drive 5400 RPM
DVD R/RW Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 256MB
16.4 inch Widescreen 1600×900
Windows Vista Home Premium
Dimensions: 15.1″ x 10.3″ x 1.14-1.46″