CES 2009: Sony launches Vaio P-Series 3G netbookSony unveils its hotly-awaited netbook rival

08 January 2009

Sony vaio p-series

Sony has shown off its ultra-portable Vaio P-Series range of laptops - and they are little bigger than an office envelope.

The P-Series is Sony's entry into the growing netbook market - it sports built-in 3G for mobile broadband, and features the lightest netbook yet launched.

Sony is billing the new Vaio range as a sleek, stylish alternative to current netbooks - and it comes with a price tag to match. Prices start from £849, a far cry from cheaper, Linux-based netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC 900, which costs less than £300.

The P-Series is smaller and lighter than its rivals - weighing in at a mere 618g - compared to 990g for the Best Buy Acer Aspire One, one of the lighter netbooks we’ve reviewed. It also has 3G connectivity embedded into the laptop.

Windows Vista

The laptop’s specification packs a punch, too. Its 2GB of RAM is more than enough to run its Windows Vista operating system. Certain models feature a 128Gb solid state drive, far more than the 12Gb included on the Asus Eee PC 900.

The 8-inch screen is a little on the small side - especially if you're editing long documents on the fly - but what it lacks in size it makes up for with its 1,600 x 768 resolution.

The Vaio P-series comes in red, dark green, black and white. The Vaio P-Series range will be available in the UK in February 2009 from the Sony Style website priced from £849.

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