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Leaked onto the Sony website before Christmas 2008, the Sony P-series is Sony's late answer to the netbook phenomena.

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Pros

great screen with an amazing resolution for the size

11 agree

extremely lightweight and small

10 agree

sleek Sony Vaio styling

8 agree

good connectivity

8 agree

decent battery life

7 agree

all the bells and whistles - 3G, GPS, decent battery life, wireless N

7 agree

large keyboard - the product design is centered around making sure the keybard is a useful size

7 agree

Instant-on Sony XMB

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clearly in UMPC territory - price is fairly low considering what you get in the form factor

4 agree

you can use Garmin Mobile PC for GPS driving directions (costs $59)

4 agree

3G wireless data connectivity

3 agree

optical trackpad and mouse buttons on the display bezel for using the device with an alternate grip (2010 version)

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now available with a matte cover (2010 version)

1 agrees

built-in accelerometer for displaying websites, ebooks, etc... in a more natural portrait mode (2010 version)

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Cons

expensive

11 agree

no Linux version available

7 agree

no touchpad

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poor video playback - nothing smooth beyond 320x240

6 agree

GPS uses Microsoft Streets and Maps by default which means no turn-by-turn directions

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XMP Crippled to only play Mpeg1, Mpeg2 and WMV, no Mpeg4 or DivX

4 agree

Thinkpad-style pointer can be difficult to use

4 agree

Vista

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no palm rest

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No support for graphic card under linux

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no 1.6GHz model available in US

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No touchscreen

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GPS disabled on some models (P-50)

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horrible battery life compared to premium lightweight laptops, most notebooks

1 agrees

poor value for the price - a much better laptop can be had for the price, or a much better netbook can be had for a lot less

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only one size available, a 10" would have been nice

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display is glossy

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No Windows XP drivers available

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screen size too small

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VGA / Ethernet dongle costs $60

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Leaked onto the Sony website before Christmas 2008, the Sony P-series is Sony's late answer to the netbook phenomena. With more information given at CES 2009, it appears that the P-series will feature a 1.33GHz Intel Processor, an 8" LED backlit screen with 1600 x 768 resolution, 802.11N and 3G WWAN, a GPS module and a 60GB HDD, 64GB SSD or 128GB SSD. With a fairly large keyboard with no touchpad, the device will have a ThinkPad style pointer, runs Windows Vista, and a battery life of 4 hours (or 8 with a larger/heavier high capacity battery). Alongside the Windows OS Sony is adding an "instant-on" lite-OS based on its Cross Media Bar (XMB) interface that will let you access music, Internet and e-mail without fully booting the computer.

Specs
  • 1.33GHz Intel Processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8" LED backlit screen
  • weight: 1.5 or 1.4 pounds
  • 1600x768 resolution
  • 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD or 120GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel graphics
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Card slots: Memory Stick PRO, Multi-media Card, SD memory card
  • Battery: up to 4 hours (or 8 depending on batter)
  • WiFi b/g/n, Stereo Bluetooth
  • Integrated 3G WAN and GPS
  • MSRP: starts at $899
  • Release date: February 2009
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