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.
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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