Are you the type of person that buys stuff just because it’s new and cool, perhaps there’s something nostalgic that draws to you buy? If so, you’re like me.
Before my fate purchase of my custom Vaio P, I had pipe-dreams of days long ago. Upon returning from Japan many years ago, my computer setup was a Vaio PictureBook VR-BP, severely underpowered but small and compact. I installed a 60 Gb hard drive, and given my computing habits it was fine for what I wanted to do. Eventually, moving into a new job, it chugged along as my work machine and in order to effectively use Microsoft Outlook, but I had to hook up to an external monitor for more desktop space. Skip forward to more present times, and in order to reduce “stuff” and offset moving expenses I had to depart with my beloved PictureBook.
Today, I find my much loved Vaio P in dire under-use. An expensive paperweight, it sits on the side of my desk plugged in waiting for me to need some ULTRA-portable computing, as my main computer is a early 2010 13″ MacBook Pro. Last week, I contemplated making a little switcheroo, temporarily using my Vaio P as my main machine. Only, with all my data on my MBP and being so used to OS X now, I’ve just been procrastinating. Thinking about it, there’s no reason for me not to be able to just swap out; the barriers are only mental. I can use two computers if I needed, heck my iPhone is synced to my MBP and I’m not going to change that.
So what do I normally use my MBP for?
- Net surfing (check)
- E-mail (check, use browser or install mail client)
- Addressbook and calendar (hmm… must look into)
- RSS (check, use browser or install software)
- Skype (check)
- Writing (check, online or OpenOffice)
- Twitter (check)
- Movie watching (check)
- Music (can do, but limitations)
- Photos (can do, but limitations)
- Video editing (can do, but difficult and limited)
So let’s take a look at items 9 through 11. Basic music playing and photo editing should be just fine on the Vaio P, but the big limitation is hard disk space. With only an 80 Gb hard disk, there’s not enough room for my current music and photo libraries. I’m not about to crack this baby open, and replace the hard drive, so one option would be an external disk. It would be a lot of work to manage the different libraries across OS’s, something I’m not interested in doing at the moment. For the time being my iPod and internet radio can fill the gap, but for photos I’ll need to work out photo management for my blogs and personal library. For video editing, I use QuickTime X to cut clips from my digicam and Sony Bloggie and upload them to YouTube. I’m sure there are options for Windows 7, but I have not investigated them and I’d imagine they will not be as easy or may too taxing on the P’s Intel Atom.
On the hardware side of things, the high-resolution of the Vaio P’s screen is great, but I have the resolution lowered for non-eye squinting reading. On the desk, I’ll be hooking it up to a 20″ widescreen LCD sitting unused. Around the house or on the road, as-is will work just fine. Touch typing on the P’s keyboard is fine with my small hands, so I’ll just have to get used to the small right-shift key. And although I do not mind the touch-point nib mouse while on the go, at the desk I’ll be relying on my compact Bluetooth mouse. I do have the feeling I’ll miss the MBP’s multi-touch track pad.
The Vaio P is an amazing piece of hardware, and I cannot sit around any longer for it to fall into obsolescence. Reading the forums, there seem to be quite a few people using the Vaio P to its fullest potential, and I’m excited to join that crowd. Let’s see if I can get my act together and set everything up tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Any tips to help guide me or to share your experiences, please leave a comment.
After seeing Engadget’s post of the Vaio P, I must say I’m terribly excited anymore. Granted the photos don’t tell the whole picture, but they certainly don’t make me want to head out on the next train to Akiba.
While a lot of people would probably take issue with the thumb-stick mouse (or whatever they call it), I liked using it on my picturebook. It took me a while to get used to a trackpad. What I don’t like about it is the bezel around the screen and the odd placement of the camera. It would have been cool to see a little bit larger screen and a camera that rotated like the old C1’s did. Heck I would have been extremely happy with an old C1 frame housing an Atom processor, standard upgradeable ram, wifi, bluetoof, higher resolution screen, and multiple USB ports.
At least I can look forward to the HP Mini 2140, that looks like it’ll rock.
Edit: We’ll to say the least, I almost crapped my pants. The P-series looks incredible, and I think I need to start saving my Yen.
- Small and light
- Super cool looking
- Up to a 1.86ghz (Atom Z540)
- Bluetooth and 1seg TV Tuner
- High resolution widescreen
- More expensive than I’m looking to spend
- Needs adapter to connect external monitor or ethernet
- Screen might be hard to read
- Windows Vista is standard
I haven’t been this excited about a computer since the original C1 PictureBook, can’t wait for this to hit the shelves!
From jkOnTheRun… I’m starting to get excited! Unfortunately, the end price may end up breaking the bank. Hopefully, $NaN.00 doesn’t mean, “If you have to ask, it’s too much.”
When I read this article on jkOnTheRun, my heart skipped a beat. I loved my Sony Picturebook, and to read about a possible reincarnation is awesome. I’m really surprised that Sony has stayed out of the netbook market, they’re practically the ones that pioneered that market.
When “it’s a Sony” you know what you’re in for, it’s gonna be ‘spensive. I’m gonna start saving my money now.
After 7 years of ownership, my trusty C1 is on it’s way to a new owner (or reseller). After several attempts to sell on Craigslist, I finally broke down an listed it on Ebay. I do hope whoever ends up using it will take care of it as I have.
In a couple hours my NEC MobileGear II should be out the door, then next up for sale is my Eee PC. It’s time to consolidate. I think my gadget addiction is catching up to me, it’s almost like burning money… but more fun.
Back in 1998 I first laid my eyes upon the Sony Vaio C1 Picturebook. It was an amazing piece of machinery at the time, a super small subnote with some nice hardware. At over $2000 it was out of the price range for this recent college grad with no job. It wasn’t until late 2001 that I found myself able to purchase the C1. Three years since I first saw it, the Picturebook had undergone a slight case redesign, and was sporting the newly designed Transmeta Crusoe processor. After a little searching, I was able to find the latest model on an online auction, purchasing it for about $1200. Over the next few years, it faithfully served as my main computer. Extremely portable, it drew a lot of attention at the coffee shops. I still feel it is one of the best designed subnotebooks ever. Read more…