Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R
SpecificationsNotebook: 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
Price: 1000 euro
Average of 13 scores (from 21 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/R
"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?
Source: Get Frank
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%
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%
Source: Digital Trends
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%
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%
Source: Star Techcentral
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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2009
Rating: workmanship: 80%
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%
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%
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%
Source: PC Advisor
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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2009
Source: Pocket Lint
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%
Source: Laptop Mag
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%
Source: Computer Shopper
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%
Source: Minitechnet 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%
Source: Notebookcheck 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%
Source: PC Games Hardware - 3/09
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: price: 60%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2009
Rating: performance: 40% display: 60%
Source: ZDNet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70%
Source: T-Online DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/08/2009
Rating: price: 50%
Source: mobile Zeit - 3/09
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 49%
Source: Arturogoga ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/21/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
Source: PC World Italia 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.
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.
This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for small tablets.
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.
70.92%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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