While the new Vaio P second generation is mostly the same as the first model, there are a number of updates it brings with it. While it is still the same size with an 8-inch high resolution widescreen display (1600 x 768), and measuring just 0.8-inches thick, it brings a new case design with a matte finish and a choice of colors.
Update: Sony are now accepting pre-orders for the second generation Vaio P. You can order direct from Sony for $899. It should ship the 25th of this month!
Sony have also added in a small optical touchpad built into the right hand side of the screen bezel. This allows you to use two hands (holding near the hinge) and operate the netbook while walking. The addition of an accelerometer can change the orientation of the display, allowing you to display web pages and ebooks with maximum height. You can also tilt the netbook quickly left or right to go forwards and back while browsing the web.
Along with a choice of colors, black, white, pink and orange, the Vaio P is available with a choice of processors. The top of the range model features the Intel Atom Z560 2.13GHz processor, while the more basic model has the 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor.
Other features include 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, 802.11g/b/n WiFi, and optional 3G. The Vaio P 2 still usages a SSD (solid state disk), but it now comes in capacities upto 256GB rather than just 64GB.
The Sony Vaio P certainly is small at just 9.7 x 4.7 x 0.8-inches, and 1.3 pounds, and packs a very high resolution display. But when compared to normal netbooks the Vaio P is rather expensive at $799 and up, but interestingly it is still $100 cheaper than the original price of the first Vaio P.
Engadget have already posted a review of the new Vaio P. Joanna said she liked the new design and color options, but would rather stick with the black and white model. It was apparently a little hard to use on your lap due to its very small size. The base is pretty much just a keyboard, which is great for keeping the size down, but the lack of a palm rest is a little strange, but the chiclet keyboard was nice to use.
It is a nice step forwards over the first generation, but the price will stop many consumers.
You can now order the new Sony Vaio P for $899.