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Review of the Sony Vaio P Series Ultra Portable Notebook


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Way back at CES 2009, yes, 2009 not 2010, I have been in wonder of the Sony Vaio P series ultra portable notebook. During that time, Ian Dixon (of the Digital and myself went and had a little go on them in the Sony store in Las Vegas, prior to them being released.

At the time I loved the look of them, they were small, lightweight and had a fantastic screen. The problem was the processor and the cost – it was shockingly expensive for the processing power.

With that in mind I decided to hold off on getting one – I almost caved a few times, especially when travelling and getting the duty free option.

Fast forward a year and Sony have released the next generation of the P series. These ones have upgraded processors, bigger disks and come with Windows 7, which runs noticeably better and faster than Windows Vista.

I managed to get my hands on the top of the range VGN-P39VL/Q.


This particular model has an Intel® Atom™ Processor Z550, 2GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. It comes with Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) and the screen is an X-black LCD with LED technology

( Diagonal Size 8.0 inches), Resolution 1600 x 768, UWXGA, and the graphics card is a Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 500 and it weighs 0.6 kilos!

It doesn’t have an optical drive but you can buy one and connect it via USB.

To see the complete specs, click here:

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I can’t really say for certain what you get in the box as the review unit I managed to get from Sony came in a plain brown box and just had the laptop, power supply, two batteries and a port replicator.

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And no, there isn’t a new special model called the XXXX, it seems that Sony’s review units are marked like this.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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