One of the more interesting products revealed at the CES was Sony’s Vaio P. It’s $900 pricetag puts it well into midrange laptop territory, but I guess there’s room for a ‘premium’ netbook. I’ve grown very fond of mine, and wouldn’t mind paying a bit more for my next one. Especially if that machine offers a high resolution screen, is extremely light and has what looks like a decent keyboard.
In fact, the form factor might be the biggest innovation in the ‘P’. The screen has an almost Cinemascope aspect ratio, and because there’s no trackpad the whole machine is basically as big as the keyboard. It’s been a long time since I used one of these mouse pointer nipples, but I remember not hating them.
I’m not quite sure this form factor makes it particularly more easy to carry around though. Most of my bags are ‘square-ish’. And I usually take the power adapter with me even when my netbook is fully charged, so the machine itself is only part of what you carry with you. A USB mouse might very well turn out to be needed as well.
But this machine may very well inspire other manufacturers to further reduce the size and weight of netbooks. And increase the screen resolution. If people buy and use a 8″ screen that runs 1600px, I see no reason for the Eee-PC to get stuck at it’s somewhat low 1024px on a larger screen. Thanks for that Sony!