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Sony's $900 Ultra Portable Vaio P Gets XP ...Finally

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Sony has finally decided to ditch Vista and will ship the latest model of the Vaio P Series with XP.

When we saw Sony’s Vaio P Series at CES, we didn’t really have enough to go on to make a real decision as to whether or not we liked it. When more details were announced, we had mixed feelings. Pleased with the specs (for the most part), but the price and OS confused us.

Packing a 60 GB HDD, the ultra portable ships for $899.99 with Vista Home Basic (don’t forget it’s dual-boot to XMB). Models go up in price from there, with options for SSDs ranging from 64 GB to 128 GB and an upgrade to Vista Home Premium. The $900 price-tag aside, lots of people wondered what Sony was thinking shipping the machine with Vista. As much as the company kept telling us “this is not a netbook” preferring to call it an ultra-portable instead, the last thing an ultra-portable needs is an OS that’s going to bog down the machine’s already modest specs. 

Engadget today reports that Sony is finally making XP a standard load on its new VAIO P model VGN-P50. Starting June 6th, Sony’s Japanese customers will also see a 2GHz Atom Z550 processor bump in addition to WWAN data as standard and an option for a 256GB SSD. No word if we’ll see the same options in the U.S. or not.

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    tehfluent , May 26, 2009 5:37 PM
    One word... expensive.
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    zerapio , May 26, 2009 6:14 PM
    Three words... I want it
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    igot1forya , May 26, 2009 6:14 PM
    Who does Sony think they are? Apple? :) 
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    tipoo , May 26, 2009 6:16 PM
    The Vaio P is perhaps the best looking netbook out there, but that simply doesnt justify the price.
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    dman3k , May 26, 2009 6:23 PM
    This thing shits crap like the PS3.
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    ethaniel , May 26, 2009 6:29 PM
    I tried one and the display is a disaster. The resolution is something like 1600x600. The owner was considering to return it because "she can't see a thing" in that screen, and I have to agree. Good thing adding XP though, Vista was slow as hell in that netbook, no matter what Sony wants to call it.

    And they could use a chainsaw to do a price cut, like, U$S 500, maybe...?
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    starryman , May 26, 2009 6:31 PM
    It's just for show to propell Sony's branding. Netbooks even at $500 are getting dicey with the price point at about $375. Anyone buying this is just Sony happy.
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    Hatecrime69 , May 26, 2009 6:39 PM
    tipooThe Vaio P is perhaps the best looking netbook out there, but that simply doesnt justify the price.

    they always seemed to me to be the apple of windows, ever take a look at their desktops? not a standard-looking one among them, and they actually out-apple apple, their most expensive system having just a core2quad where you'd at least get dual Nehalem xeon quad-cores :p 
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    ahslan , May 26, 2009 6:54 PM
    how is that NOT a netbook? because of the price tag?!?!?
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    antilycus , May 26, 2009 7:22 PM
    Sony has already burned me too many times. I'd rather buy american then Sony...
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    eddieroolz , May 26, 2009 7:49 PM
    That thing is the reason why Sony is bleeding money. Make something a wide range of people want, not a select elites.
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    Zoonie , May 26, 2009 11:25 PM
    Nothing wrong with elite products.

    What's wrong is the aspect ratio of that thing. Yes, it does make it quite portable, but vertical workspace has been very underestimated lately.
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    1raflo , May 27, 2009 3:30 PM
    1 word: ripoff

    Looks like a netbook, have the specs of a netbook, but is priced twice as the normal netbooks, because it is a "ultra portable" ???(netbook definition, anyone?)

    a stylish look doesn't justify the $400 premium
    gimme a break...