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Thoughts on the Sony Vaio P

VAIO P netbook

I played around with this netbook at Staples yesterday briefly, and came away with two main impressions.


The screen is sharp.  Unbelievably sharp.  To fit a 1600 x 768 screen into 8” means it has an incredibly small pixels and/or dot pitch.  That’s all well and good but.  It also means that things are so small it’s impossible to see what’s going on.  My old 17” laptop packed 1920×1200 into that size screen and I had to constantly bump the size of fonts etc. up to be readable.

Here’s the weird thing though.  In my mind having a high screen resolution is good for two main reasons.

  1. to have multiple programs running at once arranged how you like
  2. to display high-def content

I feel like there is no reason to put such a high resolution screen in a netbook.  #1, since you are on a netbook you’re probably not going to be having too many programs running at once, which reduces the benefit of #1.

I am not sure whether this netbook is capable of running 720 p video, but the thought of including such a high-res screen for video content strikes me as overkill.  Given that 18% of people can’t tell the difference between high def and standard def content on big screen TVs , the extra pixels are really not going to be that noticeable on a crazy small screen.

Finally, it’s doubtful people are going to be watching much hi-def content on this device anyway, given that it doesn’t have an optical drive and only a 60 GB drive standard.  I would assume streaming flash is probably as close as most people are going to get, and again they’re not going to appreciate the extra pixels.

So in conclusion, I think the super high res screen detracts from the package – if I can’t see what I’m looking at, then you’ve failed.  Yes you can probably set the resolution to something different, but native resolution is always going to look best.


Given what I said about the huge expanse of pixels to navigate, having a good way to move around is very important.  The little eraser nub they include simply does not  cut it.  Again, this is a first impression and maybe it takes a lot of practice to become proficient with the device.  But I think people are by and large used to track pads, and will walk away with a very sour taste in their mouth after trying this device out in the store.


I realize that this netbook probably was not designed for me.  But I still think these complaints are valid.

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