Sony Vaio P-Series

I used to use an EeePC. It was the original 701, which is a really small machine with an even smaller keyboard and a teeny tiny screen. The resolution was a bit annoying at times.

Eventually I wanted a replacement. I still wanted it to be portable but it needed a better resolution and a better keyboard. There were two candidates; another EeePC that was 10″ and the P-Series. The EeePC claimed 14 hours of battery life, which was dead impressive so I was happy to overlook the just passable 1024×768 resolution. The P-Series is gossamer light, has a great keyboard and has an unbelievably high resolution of 1600×1024. It also has a stupendously high price tag. Fortunately we got factory refurbished machines that have full warranty and are in perfect condition. The price was only about the same as the EeePC. Great deal… So Dave and I both got a PCG-1R1W P-Series.

One of the other cool things about it is that with the SSD drive and no CPU fan, this thing is totally silent.

In my opinion, this is the most portable machine around that is useful for real work, including software development, office work etc. The screen fits an enormous amount. On the other hand, you do need pretty good eyesight because those pixels are sooo small.

It’s so portable that it even fits in the pocket of my jacket!

The battery life isn’t so great on the P-Series, but we knew that going in. It doesn’t use all that much power, but it doesn’t have much battery either. So I’ve been looking into the power consumption.

I’m dual booting Linux (for most of my stuff) and Windows 7 (for some client stuff). There are some issues with accelerated graphics on Linux. It caused some problems for suspend and hibernate, but I have those fixed now. Mozilla Thunderbird doesn’t work because of the graphics. But Google Earth and all those more graphics intensive apps work just fine. Crazy Mozilla people… But it would be nice if the driver was a little better. People are working on it though, by the sounds of it.

Another issue on Linux is that you can’t tap the mouse nipple to perform a click and you have to use the buttons. Pretty minor though.

Everything else works great under Linux.

It’s really pretty nice…

Highly recommended.

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