Hands on with Sony's Vaio P netbook
Sorry, 'lifestyle PC'
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At last, a useful subnotebook
As people keep saying, this isn't a netbook (Psion or no). It's a subnotebook. This has been the asking price for subnotebooks for a long time, and that fact that there's a recent and welcome fad for producing cheaper subnotebooks with low-end components and calling them netbooks doesn't mean that this one is suddenly over-priced, even if it's surprising to those attracted to the netbook market.
It's got a unique selling point. Apart from being smaller than most netbooks, it's actually got a usefully-sized screen. Yes, it's the wrong aspect ratio for playing most video content (unless you get a 2.35:1 cinema release) - although at least 1280x720 fits on the display, unlike most netbooks - but some of us want to use their laptops for doing work, not playing videos. Multiple adjacent web pages and multiple emacs windows visible would make this very appealing to me (for the same reasons as I have a 2133 Mini-Note, only more so). If, admittedly, I could afford it. I'd make it dual-boot into Linux as soon as I could, though.
That said, I've heard conflicting reports about how fast the processor is, including from some sites that have benchmarked it. Definitely 1.6GHz? (For Linux I don't much mind, but it's nice to know.)
Re: Good Video
> I'm liking the new little videos - keep it up!
I'm not, I can't really watch them at work :(
Fair cop, guv. It's not 16:9. Blame the chilly wind rushing through the open-to-the-elements St Pancras International rail station.
Normal service has been resumed, etc, etc...
It ISN'T a netbook. Sony have made it quite clear it isn't a netbook, and it is a premium product 'lifestyle laptop'. Granted it's a load of bollocks calling it that, but in fairness to them in relation to your criticism they have gone out their way to emphasise it isn't an SCC netbook.
Which isn't me necessarily justifying that huge price tag let me just make that clear!
What about written reviews?
I know you all like these video reviews because the are easy to do, but I much rather read a written review, even if it's just a bunch of photos with captions....