The Sony Vaio P is a tiny Intel Atom powered computer that runs about a thousand dollars for the cheapest model. Sure, the screen, keyboard, and build quality are excellent. And the Vaio P is smaller and lighter than just about any netbook on the market. But that’s a lot of money to pay for an Intel Atom powered machine with a 4 hour battery, even if it does weigh just 1.4 pounds.
If you want some of the fancier options like a 128GB SSD (the base model comes with a 64GB solid state disk) or a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor (as opposed to the 1.33GHz Atom Z520) you’ll have to shell out even more cash. Models with those specs will run you $1500 or more.
But Notebooks.com found a coupon which takes $500 off the price of selected models. If you pick up a $1500 Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC or a $2000 Vaio Signature PC you can knock off $500 with the coupon code VAIO500P through October 13th. That brings the prices down to $1000 to $1500. That’s still a lot of money, but at least it’s substantially less than you’d pay without the coupon.
Maybe you could use two coupons???
If they offered that deal on the base model, bringing the price somewhere near the netbook realm, I’d pick one up in a heartbeat. I love the size, weight, and screen resolution. But for those specs, even $1000 is laughably high.
It depends: a 128GB SSD is a pretty spendy piece of gear in its own right, and the ultra widescreen display probably costs a good chunk of change as well.
But beyond that, 1.4 pounds is completely insane. In order to get there, you are using some really exotic parts that you won’t find in any other netbook.
Is it worth it to spend $1000 on a netbook? Depends. If it will run all the apps you need, you spend 20 days a month on the road, and you can live with the battery life? Quite possibly.
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