The Sony VAIO VGN P530H Lifestyle PC

Tanya J. Montague

The tiny Sony VAIO VGN-P530H Lifestyle PC costs a whopping $800 and, despite it’s lack of storage, comes with state of the art features. Specifically, WAN 3G Mobile Broadband for on-the-go internet and blue tooth for device communication with the notebook… not to mention a GPS.

Weight

Sony has innovated yet again with the lightest mini notebook on the market at 1.4 pounds.

Storage

It only has a 60 GB hard drive, but it’s a Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, which means it has the file-transfer swiftness of a USB or Firewire drive.

Memory

It contains 2 GB of RAM.

Processor

An Intel 1.33 Ghz Processor with a front side bus of 533 MHz for much faster data transfer on those hard-driving mobile applications and a 512 KB L2 cache that can store data temporarily.

DVD/CD Drive

Of course there isn’t one, but it has 2 USB ports for external drive usage.

Connectivity

It comes with:

An integrated 54g wireless LAN that’s compatible with 802.11b/g/n networks.

2 USB 2.0 ports.

A Memory Stick Duo Slot.

A SD Card slot (with MMC compatibility).

1 VGA monitor port.

1 I/O port.

Headphone jack.

Screen, AV

An 8 inch screen has 1600 x 768 high definition resolution.

Battery

You get up to 4 hours of battery life.

Warranty

Sony gives you a 1 year limited warranty and 1 year of technical support.

Pros

The weight — 1.4 lbs. is the lightest on the market.
2 GB of RAM is rarely standard on mini notebooks.
The design — very sleek, and as thin as a cell phone.
An option to use 3G broadband is exceptional. Great for on-the-go video or GPS capability.

Cons

The storage — 60 GB tells you that Sony isn’t looking to hit any demographic who cares about the computer’s insides.
The price — if you can afford it, it’s not a bad buy, but something tells me the next model will be much better, if you can hold out a little while.
The battery life — nearly the same as a regular laptop, 4 hours is hardly good enough for a mini notebook.

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