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)