Background and Identification
The Sony Vaio P series (stylized as Sony VAIO P) is a range of ultraportable subnotebook computers launched in January 2009. The Vaio P series shares many characteristics with netbook computers, though they were marketed as “lifestyle PCs.”
Vaio P series subnotebooks include 8-inch LED-backlit displays with a resolution of 1600 by 786 pixels with Intel GMA 500 integrates graphics. P series computers include non-upgradeable RAM that is soldered directly to the motherboard, and some models include only 1 GB of RAM. The devices use a pointing stick in the keyboard as its pointing device. Exact specifications can vary by region. In some models, an integrated “Motion Eye” webcam is optional and located on the upper right corner of the display bezel. An internal optical drive is not present, like most ultraportables and netbooks.
At launch, the pre-installed operating system was one of the Windows XP 32-bit versions, which have lower resource requirements than Windows Vista. The Vaio P series has been criticized for the devices’ poor performance, which is due to the excessive pre-installed software and the poor performance of the integrated graphics.
The Vaio P was launched in five color options: white, green, black, gold, and red. Depending on the model, storage was a 60 GB or 80 GB hard disk drive, or 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB solid-state drive.