Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R


Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/RNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R (Vaio VGN-P Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z520
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.638kg
Price: 1000 euro
Average Score: 70.92% - average
Average of 13 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 48%, performance: 43%, features: 65%, display: 77% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 66%, emissions: 69%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R

86% Review Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R Mini-Notebook | Notebookcheck
"Don’t call it a netbook!" Sony launches a "PC system" of a special kind with the Vaio VGN-P11Z. The manufacturer demanded that it's not a netbook in the press release. "Don't call it a netbook!" it was declared then. It certainly belongs in the league of the mini-notebooks, optically and from its proportions. The reserved connectivity and the display size are attributes, which suggest a netbook. Even the built in hardware is partly identical to that of a netbook. Why then, not simply call this device a netbook?
80% Sony VAIO P Netbook PC
Source: Get Frank English
Netbooks: what a craze from such a simple idea. Asus started the ball rolling with its Eee range and now almost every manufacturer has at least one model. Overall I really liked the Sony and having owned an Eee in the past I can say I would definitely buy one of these, even if the sticker price of $1699 places it well above most netbooks. But then again, this isn’t a netbook, is it? n Tim Anderson

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70%
70% Sony VAIO VGN-P11Z/R review
Source: Techradar English
The most portable device we've seen to date, but it comes at a price. Sony's P11Z/R stands out from the crowd, due to the unique form factor and unrivalled portability. Everything about the P-series is optimised for mobility. The VAIO P-series is an interesting proposition, and whether you'll like it or not depends almost entirely on what your needs are. If you're looking for the most portable, go-anywhere device around, then it's simply peerless. It is expensive, however, and don't expect it to replace your main laptop.
70, Preis 40, Mobilität 90
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% mobility: 90%
65% Sony Vaio P
Source: Digital Trends English
We wanted dearly to love the Vaio P based on its lust-worthy form factor, which make all the other bland netbooks the market is awash in right now look like garbage. But after putting it through its paces, we just can’t possibly recommend it for anyone who hopes to do anything more than typing e-mail and surfing – both at a snail’s pace. Sony could be excused for charging three times as much as a netbook for this system if it delivered acceptable performance, or excused for releasing it with its existing level of performance at a reasonable price level. But paying a hefty price premium for a good-looking slab that won’t do anything just doesn’t fly. We have high hopes for the 1.86GHz variant that’s kicking around Japan, and even for a Windows 7 version in the future, but right now, this notebook simply doesn’t justify its price. Unless you value looks above all else, a $400 netbook makes an infinitely better purchase for basic productivity.
65, Preis 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 40%
40% Sony Vaio P-series netbook (VGN-P11Z/R)
Source: Bit-Tech English
  The Sony P-series is one of the most incredible pieces of technology we’ve ever seen, but it’s also one of the most fundamentally flawed. Take the LCD as an example: packing a 1,600 x 768 native resolution into a screen with an eight-inch diagonal is simply phenomenal, but it’ll alienate a large potential userbase because you really need a magnifying glass to read even fairly normal sized text. We’re big fans of tight pixel pitches, but this decision baffles us, no matter how impressive it is from a technological standpoint. It makes us wonder exactly what the motivations were for the product when it was still on the drawing board – it’s as if Sony tried to pack as much technology into a pre-determined form factor in order to showcase its major breakthrough in panel technology.
40, Preis 20, Leistung 20, Ausstattung 30, Verarbeitung 70, Ergonomie 20
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 40% price: 20% performance: 20% features: 30% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 20%
Slim and stylish Sony Vaio VGN-P
Source: Star Techcentral English
The Sony Vaio P’s compact size and light weight make it a very attractive choice for frequent travellers. However, working with Vista on Vaio P is a mixed experience. On one hand, the ­operating system runs smoothly when handling lite tasks but underperforms when dealing with heavier stuff such as playing back a HD video. Also, it is disappointing to note that Media Plus only provides a barebones media centre that fails to match other dedicated video or music players. Other things that mar the experience is the weak built-in speakers though this is easily fixed with the excellent noise-cancelling earphones. Still, the Vaio P is a solidly built notebook that is great for running simple apps and ­surfing the Web.
Verarbeitung 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2009
Rating: workmanship: 80%
Sony VAIO P Review
Source: English
Sony wants you to believe the VAIO P is a "Lifestyle PC" and not a netbook. Whether or not consumers will see it that way remains to be seen. As we said in our first look review, "the Sony VAIO P is not your average netbook." In fact, the VAIO P probably comes as close as possible to being a "luxury netbook." Is it worth $900 when you can get a similar laptop for less money? That depends on what matters to you. The VAIO P has a revolutionary design, an extremely high-resolution display, and a few features you won't find in a $500 netbook. That said, it still uses a relatively weak processor and isn't designed to be a primary computer. If you plan to use the VAIO P as your primary family PC and multimedia center then you will probably be disappointed. If you plan to purchase the VAIO P as a lightweight travel laptop it might just be the perfect laptop on the market.
Mobilität gut, Verarbeitung exzellent, Emissionen mäßig, Preis schlecht
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/20/2009
Rating: price: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95% emissions: 60%
73% Sony Vaio P-series Lifestyle PC review
Source: CNet English
The Sony Vaio P-series Lifestyle PC has the design of a more expensive machine, but the components of a cheaper one. It benefits from an impressive array of features, but the lack of a standard touch pad detracts from its usefulness, and the presence of Vista makes for a sluggish experience. If you don't set your expectations too high, however, the P-series performs well.
7.3 von 10, Display gut, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% display: 80%
Sony VAIO P: SlashGear Review
Source: Slashgear English
Everything a netbook is meant to do - web surfing, instant messaging, a little typing - the VAIO P can do, and it does it with a stunning design, copious connectivity options and no small amount of label prestige. They’re the the things you’re paying for, though, rather than any degree of increased performance. Until Sony begin to offer the same 1.86GHz Atom CPU option in the US as they do elsewhere, the VAIO P will always be a case of beauty above brains. For some, that will be a trade-off they’re willing to make, and they’ll settle for the merely average battery life and learn not to try anything too arduous that might stress the processor. For everyone else, it could be a case of waiting on VAIO P take-two.
Mobilität mäßig, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/20/2009
Rating: performance: 50% mobility: 60%
Sony Vaio P-series notebook review
Source: PC Advisor English
We tried an early sample, so will reserve judgement until we see a production version next month. Hopefully by then Sony will have found a way to quicken the P11’s tortoise performance.
Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2009
performance: 40%
Sony Vaio P-series laptop - First Look
Source: Pocket Lint English
Forgetting the price for a brief moment, Sony has created a netbook that is anything but. The impressive screen, almost full-sized keyboard and sheer miniature size and weight will impress anyone that you show and for those on the go gives you a laptop that works, and works well. That extra width also helps when it comes to typing on your lap as it's wide enough to bridge your legs without you having to push them closer than is normally comfortable - if you've tried an Eee PC you'll know what we are talking about. The catch then? The Vaio P-series might sport a netbook-friendly Intel Atom processor, but the price certainly wouldn't suggest it. $900 in the US somehow translates to £825 in the UK (rather than £600) with the top of the range model available on Sony's own Sony Style website coming in at £1345.
Display gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/13/2009
Rating: price: 40% display: 80%
70% Sony VAIO P
Source: Laptop Mag English
There's no question that the Sony VAIO P stands out from the netbook crowd. It's lightweight, compact design is simply striking, and we appreciated the wide and crisp 8-inch display and zoom controls, mobile broadband connectivity, and relatively comfortable keyboard. However, $899 is a lot to pay for a secondary PC, never mind $1,199, and the VAIO P's performance under Vista is less than stellar. (We would actually that early adopters download the beta version of Windows 7, which should offer smoother performance.) As a design statement, the VAIO P is a breakthrough, and Sony crams an amazing amount of technology into a 1.4-pound chassis. We just wish it had more pep.
3.5 von 5, Leistung schlecht, Emissionen schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 40% emissions: 40%
70% Sony LifeStyle PC (P Series)
Source: Computer Shopper English
Sony makes a few points loud and clear with its shiny new LifeStyle PC. First, it’s not a netbook (we’ll take that with a grain of salt, given its ultra-small form factor, lack of an optical drive, and Intel Atom processor). Second, it’s made for women—we’ll see about that. Nonetheless, we were excited to get our hands on the most talked-about notebook at CES 2009 and even more thrilled to be able to review it from a woman's perspective. Our garnet red LifeStyle PC came in a matching red case, with a matching red accessory bag that contained a matching red mouse—more matching than is fashionable, some might argue. (The system also comes in black, white, and green, but always looks a little like a makeup compact.) Made for women and equipped with mobile broadband and a GPS radio, the Sony LifeStyle PC is the most portable netbook yet.
7 von 10, Mobilität sehr gut, Leistung schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 40% mobility: 30%

Foreign Reviews

80% Sony VAIO VGN-P11Z Subnotebook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
86% Test Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R Mini-Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 43% display: 88% mobility: 91% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 88%
Sony Vaio P-Serie
Source: PC Games Hardware - 3/09 German
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: price: 60%
Test: Sony Vaio P
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2009
Rating: performance: 40% display: 60%
78% Sony Vaio P-Series
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70%
Sony Vaio P Serie
Source: T-Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/08/2009
Rating: price: 50%
49% Schick in Schale
Source: mobile Zeit - 3/09 German
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 49%
Mini-análisis: Sony Vaio P (Vaio Pocketstyle)
Source: Arturogoga Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/21/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
75% Sony Vaio P in prova
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 60% workmanship: 90%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Power efficient single core CPU with a very low performance. Offers more features (power saving, VT-x) than the N series Atoms.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

8.0": This is a very small format, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.638 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

Sony reviews

70.92%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VGN-P35GK/W
Atom Z550, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-P11S1E/D
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-P11S1R/B
Atom Z540, 0.61 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP111KX/G
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP11S1R/G
Atom Z540, 0.65 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP115KG
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP113KX
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP11S1E
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P31ZK
Atom Z540, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P13GH/Q
Atom Z520, 0.62 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/Q
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P21Z
Atom Z520, 0.61 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P588E
Atom Z520, 0.65 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P19WN/Q
Atom Z520, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P530H/R
Atom Z520, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P19VN/Q
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/G
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» MSI WindPad 100W
Atom Z530, 10.1", 0.8 kg
» Yukyung Viliv N5
Atom Z520, 4.8", 0.4 kg
» Archos 9
Atom Z510, 8.9", 0.8 kg
» Viliv S10
Atom Z530, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Dell Inspiron Mini 10s
Atom Z520, 10.1", 1.7 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1201HA
Atom Z520, 12.1", 1.4 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook UH900
Atom Z530, 5.6", 0.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X113KGB
Atom Z540, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X11Z1E/X
Atom Z550, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X115KX/N
Atom Z550, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X11S1E/B
Atom Z540, 11.1", 0.76 kg
Sony Vaio VGN-P
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-02-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)