Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sony's official netbook: the Vaio W

The Sony Vaio W is being called a netbook, even by Sony. Although they don't call their Vaio P a netbook (I suppose P=Pocket book, so why didn't they go with N=netbook?), the Vaio W is an official netbook. However, instead of being priced below $400, it appears that it will cost roughly $500 for this netbook. Why Sony? Just because it's branded a Sony product? I'm a big fan of Sony products, but I'm not a fan of their high prices.

We can now get really nice netbooks for less than $400. Many of the major computer manufacturers have a netbook. The Sony Vaio P is extremely expensive in comparison. Plus, the P has such a small screen that I wonder how many people have found it to be useful. The Vaio W sports a 10.1" screen and a decent keyboard. Like many other netbooks, the specs are very familiar: a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 160GB HDD, 1GB RAM, Windows XP, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, VGA out, two USB ports, Ethernet, webcam, and MemoryStick / SD card readers.

So, do you have a netbook? If you don't, do you plan on getting one? If so, which one? These are the types of questions I love to ask, because at the end of the day, you have to answer the ultimate question: "why?"

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