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Sony Vaio P… Performance Has a Price – The Review
YES this Vaio P is Dual Core (Hyper threading), please check photos in the gallery…
NO This unit is not faulty… Vista gave us a 2.7 mark while Windows 7 gave us a 1.9 mark, check gallery
The Vaio P is by far sexiest Netbook available, but the P is also the most expensive and could either be your best friend or worst nightmare.
I admit Sony came up with a pretty impressive design for the P. With great material the P feels like a real high-end subnotebook and has a far better conception than any other Netbook available. The P’s keyboard is a real wonder, soft, precise, and large enough to be used for hours… The P’s large screen is also pretty impressive with its 1600 x 768 resolution, and wherever your finger goes or eyes look you won’t find any conception mistakes… The P is rock solid for its size and has been crafted with delicacy and precision. There are almost no drawbacks in its design, construction, and materials… Ok, I said almost, since the P’s tracking point is a little combersome, but except from that, we have to admire Sony’s design team for this awesome device.
If I have no doubt that the Vaio P is truly a winner when it comes to design and construction… But I’m puzzled with Sony’s decisions when it comes to its basic specs.
The Vaio P sold in Japan in your average store features the same basic specs as the US and EUR versions. 2GB of RAM, a ATOM Z520 CPU at 1.33GHz, Intel GMA500 a 1.8” HDD at 4200rpm and Vista Home… The same one Sony Japan sent us to test for a few days.
On paper the above specs appear to be fairly common with any Netbook available, reality is however a cruel thing… Let me put this simply, the Vaio P sucks… BIG TIME! At least the stock version.
From the moment you turn the P on to the moment you see Vista’s desktop requires around 1.01 to 1.02 minutes… Hold a second here, seeing Vista’s desktop doesn’t mean that you can use your Netbook… Oh no, far from it! Actually you’ll wait at least another minute to surf the web or even to begin using it (depending on your Vista installation) To make things worst I extrapolate that once you install Office, or any other software, and start using Vista’s Widget bar you’ll have to add at least 15 to 20 seconds more before getting the full potential out of your P and the HDD LED stops flashing like crazy… I reckon you need around 3.20 minutes once booted up to use the thing and get everything from McAfee, Bluetooth, and Sony’s mouse software fully loaded. (video below)
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For crying out loud it’s 2009! How is it possible with a New Gen CPU with Hyper Threading and 2 GB of RAM than a PC be can this slow? I’m sure you’ve discovered the culprit… Yep, Vista has proven once again to be a resource hog and was not designed to be installed on a slow low end PC… But Microsoft is not the only one to blamed here, Intel has their share of responsibility. The ATOM CPU sucks big time unless properly integrated like on the Ion platform (NVidia), and how dumb are Intel folks for not providing a similar experience, if NVidia did it how hard can it be… Sony’s engineers are also too blame with their poor choice of components. To give you an idea, whether or not you run Vista or 7… You’ll never get Aero to work on the P, like we did on a far cheaper Sotec C1 Netbook… This mainly due to the GMA500 chipset that the P uses … A low end integrated video chipset good enough to power an average PDA, but not a decent PC.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m very disappointed here, I really wanted to love the P test unit we got, I mean just look at it! It’s gorgeous, but how did Sony screw their latest ultraportable so bad? We know that whatever ATOM CPUs plus the 945G Chipset can’t play HD videos, technically impossible but at least it would have give us a better experience… far better than the ATOM and GMA500 combo…
Is the P total rubbish? No, not really, there’s still hope but it looks like only Japanese consumers will get the to test the real power of the P.
So far only sold in Japan or via other channels, the Vaio P90 is the only one to consider because of its 1.86GHz ATOM CPU and 128GB Intel SSD… You still can’t use AERO or get smooth HD video playback, but you won’t have to wait 2 minutes once booted-up to use it… Unfortunately the P90 comesat a price (around $1,800 US), four times more expensive than the Sotec C1 notebook we tested earlier that runs Photoshop CS3 and AREO pretty smoothly… Something that even a P90 may not be capable of doing.
To summarize, the Vaio P is indeed a real design wonder with a great screen and wonderful keyboard… But if you really want to get the most of your P you’d better be ready to spend a lot of money for the SSD and 1.86GHz CPU version. Am I sad? No, but frustrated, Sony had a very promising device with the P, they could have sold a lot of them even with a 1.3GHz if they had opted for Windows XP, the Intel 945G chipset and 5400 rpm HDD, same as found on your average Netbook.
I really hope someone at Sony will read this and take it into account. The P is a great device but needs better components or let’s just dream, NVidia’s Ion platform, Blu-ray support like full HD resolution on the average ATOM CPU…
Sony Vaio P scores under Windows 7.
1.9… Pretty lame.