Sony's new Vaio P is a tiny notebook computer with ultra-wide screen.
It's a diminutive 638g miniaturised laptop with an 8in 1600-by-768 resolution screen. We were among the lucky few to get our hands on a pre-production evaluation unit from Sony. In the short time that we've used it so far, here's what we like and dislike about the P.
The Sony Vaio P scores points on its insanely small size. It's really tiny. In fact, its depth is only a hair longer than an iPhone 3g. It may be a little too small for some, but if you're looking for the ultimate in tiny notebooks, the Vaio P is up your alley.
The 8in screen packs in an extremely high resolution of 1600-by-768 pixels. Text and interface widgets are remarkably crisp on-screen, but very small. Also, mousing onscreen with the built-in trackpoint (it has no trackpad) can be a little cumbersome; we find ourselves having to lean in a little in order to mouse around the screen.
We haven't had it long enough to get a good read on possible eye strain problems, but if you struggle to see small text on typical notebook PCs as it is, you'd probably be better off looking at more conventional netbooks.
We find the keyboard a bit small and it takes some getting used to, but the keyboard is usable. We found that the slight differences in layout between the Sony Vaio P's keyboard and a more typical notebook keyboard threw us off more than the keyboard's size.
Perhaps the best aspects of the Sony Vaio P are its integrated Verizon EVDO cellular broadband connection (US model) and its capability to fetch GPS data without an internet connection. The Vaio P's EVDO connection isn't quite as fast as a cable connection, but it's still pretty decent.
- Nick Mediati, PC World