New Delhi: You’ve seen the TV advertisement with the girl with the remarkably mobile hips and a laptop that won’t quit popping out of her pocket. There is no doubt that the Sony Vaio P is a looker. It combines the shiny, almost liquid finish of the popular consumer Vaio laptops, like the CR series, with the portability of a netbook. And even by netbook standards the Vaio P series is remarkably compact.
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But the sleek size comes with a compromise. The P series is not immune to the small screens and cramped keyboards that plague most small netbooks. Which is a pity because Sony has packed in an 8-inch screen that is gorgeous and crunched down the iconic chiclet-style Vaio keyboard rather efficiently. Yes the mouse buttons and space bar is too close for comfort but anyone who has used a Vaio before will have no trouble migrating to the keyboard on the P Series.
But the real deal-breaker is the price. The test piece we received for review will set you back by around Rs64,990. That is just too much money for an 51-GB, 8-inch netbook that is not a laptop replacement by any stretch of imagination.
If you’re in the market for a sexy, shiny tiny laptop to impress clients and colleagues and for some rapid emailing and browsing, then the Vaio P is hard to beat for panache. For everyone else there are other netbooks in the market available for much, much less.