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Old 03-01-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Does anyone here own one, or have you played with one at any time?

Since our community is so used to tiny handheld devices, I was wondering what your impressions were.

I just bought a Sony Vaio P a few days ago (I love my Sony products - even if they don't love me)

So far I'm enjoying the experience. It doesn't have a touch pad. Instead it uses one of those old school roller ball thingies in the center of the keyboard. The whole thing kind of has a retro appeal to me.

And for what its worth - I'm typing right now on the keyboard and the spacing is pretty decent.. ... I can just about touch type and I spent about 4 hours working with the keyboard today with no cramps or adverse effects yet - - AND my typo numbers are getting smaller by the day.
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:38 PM   #4
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Does anyone here own one, or have you played with one at any time?

Since our community is so used to tiny handheld devices, I was wondering what your impressions were.

I just bought a Sony Vaio P a few days ago (I love my Sony products - even if they don't love me)

So far I'm enjoying the experience. It doesn't have a touch pad. Instead it uses one of those old school roller ball thingies in the center of the keyboard. The whole thing kind of has a retro appeal to me.

And for what its worth - I'm typing right now on the keyboard and the spacing is pretty decent.. ... I can just about touch type and I spent about 4 hours working with the keyboard today with no cramps or adverse effects yet - - AND my typo numbers are getting smaller by the day.
I just ordered an MSI Wind ... which should be arriving in Texas just about the time I set foot in Los Angeles.

It's going to replace one of my other computers that, sadly was lost in the recent Peterbilt vs. Ford Escape fight. I'll let you know what I think about it as soon as I get my hot little hands on it.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:52 PM   #5
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:41 AM   #6
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I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, which has a 32GB SSD rather than a hard disk. Excellent for mobile web browsing and email, writing letters, etc, but entirely unsuitable for use as a bookreader (it's just the wrong "shape"). Being SSD, it's completely silent, which takes some getting used to! I take it with me whenever I go away on trips. WiFi works great.

Some of the netbooks take the approach of having a "full" laptop keyboard with very small keys. Dell have taken the other approach - normal size laptop keys, but a restricted keyboard - no function key row, for example (they are replaced by an "Fn" key pressed in conjunction with a key on the middle row of the keyboard).

Excellent machine, but, as I say, don't buy one if you're after something to read books on.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:04 AM   #7
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I've had a Medion Akoya (=MSI Wind) for 4 months & I love it ! 1.2 Kg, full keyboard, 1Go memory, 80Go HDD, windows XP. It fits in a (big!) pocket!
It's my one & only machine; I have a 20" screen in the office.
The 3cells battery is not great : 2 hours & some of autonomy is so-so; the new 6cells batteries are announced w/ 5 hours autonomy...
It's not very speedy, but for e-mail, word & powerpoint I find it perfect.
Also, it's for sale in France for 249 € (as comparend to the last Sony wonder at 1800 €, "blessed" with Vista too).
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:18 AM   #8
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:30 AM   #9
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:59 AM   #10
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:10 AM   #11
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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My Sony isn't actually that difficult to read on. It also comes with a built in magnifier for making text larger and easier to read.

I'm enjoying the keyboard so far, its actually spaced similar to a full size. So far I think I've made six typoes in 16 hours of use, which is pretty darn good.

I'm not a big fan of having Vista on this tiny thing (it went into boot loop last night) but once you disable all the bells and whistles, I think it takes a significant speed increase.

I'm not using it for much more than screwing off at work (EV-DO to avoid being babysat by our IT guy) and word processing....I've got a few older games to try on it for super spare time (Heroes of Might and Magic IV, Starcraft, Warcraft III) I may try to get WoW to run on it too....but I only get 5gb of bandwidth per month.

I agree on all the comments about using it for a reader, it just doesnt seem to be an option.. Especially with this 1600x1024 resolution or whatever this is.
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