We’ve seen a lot of cheap Sony Vaio P clones over the last 18 months or so. But one thing most have in common is that they tend to only be available in Asia. You know, unless someone goes through the trouble of shipping them internationally — which is exactly what Shenit.com is doing with the “Pocket Sony Style L80 Mini Laptop.”
Like the Sony Vaio P, this little guy has a compact design thanks at least in part to the fact that there’s no touchpad below the keyboard. Instead there’s a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard which you can use to control the on-screen cursor.
But while the Sony Vaio P has an 8 inch, 1600 x 768 pixel display, the Sony Style L80 has a larger 8.9 inch screen. There’s no word on the resolution, but I’m guessing we’re looking at a 1024 x 600 pixel display.
The machine has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of memory, and 16GB of storage. The product page says there’s a hard drive, but that low 16GB number leads me to believe it’s actually a solid state disk. It’s also worth noting that the product page says the computer has an Intel 945GSE chipset, even though every other Intel Atom N450-based computer I’ve seen has the newer NM10 chipset.
If those errors haven’t scared you away, there’s one good reason to consider placing an order for this shady product: It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a Sony Vaio P. Shenit is selling it for just $299. It’s even cheaper if you order in bulk. A real Sony Vaio P, on the other hand, will e you back around $900.