I was disappointed to learn yesterday that spending $900.00USD for a Sony Vaio P netbook/notebook only buys you blown chunks as you try to pick up the limits of your life after assuming the Vaio P would actually be a usable computer. It is not.
I was enticed into buying the Vaio P because of it’s tiny portable size. I wanted something quick and fast for doing down and dirty surfing and writing along the corridors of my life beyond the home office tether.
I loved the Vaio P’s 1.4 pounds, SD slot, HG-Duo Stick slot, 2 gigs of memory, 8-inch 1600×768 display, metallic green (you can buy several colors) shell and it’s built-in camera.
The disappointing downside for the Vaio P series are of an unrecoverable magnitude: The Slow Dog Windows Vista Home, awful stickmouse pointer, a 60 gig HDD that arrives with less than 20 gigs available, a horrible, terrible, monstrously slow 1.33GHz Intel® processor that takes you back to your CP/M Kaypro 2x days, and a ridiculous offer of $60.00USD a month for 5 gigs of Verizon broadband bandwidth a month that ruins the neatness-cool-factor of the embedded Gobi broadband chip.
I spent the day yesterday enlarging the default font, removing all the Microsoft Office cruft and upgrading Windows Vista with something like 35 “urgent” updates. I now have around 26 gigs free on my hard drive and I wonder if the 128 gig SSD option would have been faster or slower than the current drive option.
I have decided the Vaio P is only good for web surfing. Using the Google Chrome internet browser and a Bluetooth mouse makes the Vaio P a usable “netbook” — even though my Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse is a third of the size of the Vaio P!
If you’re looking for a netbook — Apple seems to think we don’t want a netbook even though we do — you’ll have to settle for a Windows box and the soon-to-be-unleashed ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook is looking pretty good to me now, and the fact that it sells for around a third of the price of the Vaio P is disjointedly alarming.
I hope Windows 7 will run better than Windows Vista on my chunks-blowing Sony Vaio P.