vaio p News and Updates

Download Intel GMA 500 Windows 8 8.1 Driver

Intel GMA 500 driver for the Windows 8.1 is yet be released, but some experts have already been able to get it working. I own a Sony Vaio P with Intel Atom Z520 and GMA 500 GPU. Few days back, I install windows 8 on it. For obvious reason, graphics felt a lot choppier. This problem was fixed by downloading and installing modified drivers.

Download Intel GMA 500 Windows 8 8.1 Driver

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Sony Vaio P and Windows 8.1 Drivers, Performance

My Sony Vaio P is aging and I do not use it much. Today, I installed a new life into it by installing Windows 8.1. I downloaded the 32 bit version of Windows 8.1 and installed it using USB pen drive. Installation took around 45 minutes as Vaio P is a slow dog, thanks to its ultra slow Intel Atom Z520 processor (I’ve the base first generation model).

Sony Vaio P and Windows 8.1 Drivers, Performance

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Top 10 reasons you should NOT get a SONY VAIO P

Over-Priced: We fully understand the fact that it is SONY. But, paying so much for a device that performs so poorly does not make any sense
Super high resolution: What is the point of giving the user super high resolution in an 8-inch screen? Is SONY under some contract of putting so outrageous resolutions in small screens? Looks like they learned nothing from their UX series which squeezed 1024×600 pixels in an 4.3-inch display
HDD not easily upgradable: Although we do not upgrade the HDD everyday, but it should be easily swappable in case something goes wrong with the HDD or if the user wishes to use SSD

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SONY VAIO P hardware tour (and some silly comparison pictures with the EEE 1000H)

So, we finally got the VAIO P! Although the SONY hates to use the word netbook for the VAIO P, but we still consider it as a netbook due to its specifications and size. It is a different story all together, when you talk about its high price though.

Immediately when you hold it in your hand, you get the feeling of SONY’s excellent built quality. Everything is so well made and manufactured. Also, I would like to point out that it is much smaller and thinner than what it looks in the various photos published online so far.

Look how small is the box compared to the unit itself

On the left side of the VAIO, you will find the DC port, a USB port and earphone jack.

This is its right side

On the front (left side), you will find the WiFi on-off switch, SD card reader followed by MS duo card reader.

On the other front (right side), you will find the on/off switch followed by battery and HDD indicators.

SONY has modelled the VAIO P around its keyboard. Even though I’ve not still powered on the unit, I can feel how nice is the keyboad. The travel and depth of the keys is great. I had some doubts in my mind regarding the chicklet style keys of the VAIO P, but they feel great so far.

The power brick is almost the size of the EEE 1000H’s power brick, which is 50% the size of adapters of big notebooks.

Comparison with the EEE 1000H

The EEE 1000H absolutely dwarfed the VAIO P!

Stay tuned for the full review which will be published by the end of this week!

Meet the Sony VAIO P's ugly brother

Looks like, folks at Lenovo are very busy working on a new netbook, which looks a lot like SONY VAIO P netbook. The screen seems to carry some extra wide resolution, which looks much wider than the VAIO P. Just like VAIO P, it supports a nice keyboard to type upon.

I just don’t understand the utility of the extra-wide screens possessed by the VAIO P and this Lenovo netbook. The main use of the netbooks is web-surfing and most of the websites are optimized for 1024 x 600(or 768) resolution. The extra resolution just results in blank space around the webpage.

No information about the specifications is known at this point.



Can you really fit so many VAIO P’s in your pockets? Leave that question. Can you afford so many P-series VAIOs? If you would like to see the special features, you might want to see the making of the Sony Vaio P series at sonyinsider.

Credit: myvaiop at pocketables forum. 

The little Sony Vaio P, while made its debut with the slow Windows Vista, runs the latest Windows 8 just fine. Just make sure to get the custom GMA 500 graphic drivers as Intel is yet to make official drivers for the GMA 500 chipsets.

SONY brings instant-on technology into its VAIO P-series

Instant on is a feature that almost all the manufactures are incorporating these days in their notebooks as-well-as netbooks. With it, the people can do basic stuff like do web-surfing; make Skype calls; chat on the IM client; listen to music etc. Corel’s Instant ON technology has now been adapted by the SONY which will now be included with the VAIO P-series netbook notebook.

The Instant ON feature is a nice addon for P-series as it comes only with Vista. The Vista takes quite a  while to boot on this Atom powered device. So, the people who want to take quick notes or check the web for something will really appreciate this feature. The VAIO P with the Corel Instant on feature is already available in Japan and will be made available to the rest part of the world later this month (February 2009).

Although, I would still keep my device my standby mode instead as I always need to do stuff which requires Windows OS. But still, Instant ON is something no netbook/notebook user will ever complain of.

You cannot walk with SONY VAIO P in a Jeans pocket [Netbook]

SONY VAIO P claims that it can fit in your jeans pocket. Fine. But, can you walk properly with it in your jeans pocket? Well, you can walk but not too comfortably. The VAIO P will keep sliding out when you walk.

Here is the ad SONY is advertising in Japan, which shows a girl in low rise jeans carrying a VAIO P in the back pocket.

And here is another video, not by SONY, but by Gizmodo Japan.

Also, it is not a good idea to carry such an expensive machine in the back pocket. Is it? ;)


Sony VAIO P Review

SONY VAIO P was the most popular product at the CES 2009. It drew a lot of media attention with it’s super sleek design. When we heard that it would be using the slower 1.33GHz Atom processor, we were really not pleased with this netbook ultra-portable (ok, Sony?) especially considering the fact that it would be running Vista. Folks at notebookreview were able to get their hands on the SONY VAIO P and they have given it a go:

Is it worth $900 when you can get a similar laptop for less money? That depends on what matters to you. The VAIO P has a revolutionary design, an extremely high-resolution display, and a few features you won’t find in a $500 netbook. That said, it still uses a relatively weak processor and isn’t designed to be a primary computer. If you plan to use the VAIO P as your primary family PC and multimedia center then you will probably be disappointed. If you plan to purchase the VAIO P as a lightweight travel laptop it might just be the perfect laptop on the market.

Sony VAIO P Review


  • Smallest and lightest in class
  • Excellent build quality
  • Fantastic keyboard despite the small size
  • Responsive, business-grade touchpoint
  • Available with built-in 3G WWAN
  • No noisy cooling fan


  • Expensive for an Atom-based laptop
  • Gets a little hot
  • Glossy plastic lid is a magnet for fingerprints
  • Weak speakers, even for something this small
  • Not user-upgradeable


Here are the specifications of SONY VAIO P:

  • 1.33GHz Z520 Intel Atom Processor
  • 2GB DDR2 800MHz (1 DIMM)
  • Windows Vista Basic SP1 (32-bit)
  • 8-inch 1600 x 768 glossy LED backlit display
  • 64GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel GMA 500 Integrated Graphics
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 3G WWAN Verizon card
  • SD/SDHC Media card reader
  • Memeory Stick card reader
  • Sony “Motion Eye” webcam
  • 4-Cell Li-ion battery (6-cell extended life battery also available)
  • Size: 9.65″ x 4.72″ x 0.78″
  • Weight: 1lb 4.8oz (with 4-cell battery), 1lb 12oz (with 4-cell battery and AC adapter), 1lb 8.8oz (with 6-cell battery)

Presenting SONY’s new baby: VAIO P-series – comments on keyboard, screen and more

SONY said something big was coming on Jan 7, 2009 and they were right. Actually, it is not big but quite small and thin. The new SONY VAIO P-series is less than an inch thin and weighs just 0.63kg (1.4pounds). This means that it weighs same as the little Fujitsu U2010, but it has a bigger frame. It comes with a new, but slower Atom Z530 processor running at 1.33-GHz and it runs Windows Vista. It also comes with 2GB of RAM.

Presenting SONY's new baby: VAIO P-series - comments on keyboard, screen and more

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