Sony Vaio W netbook gets UK pricing & hands-on impressions

July 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Sony Vaio W netbookSony’s first entry to the netbook market, the Vaio Mini W-series, was announced yesterday. Whilst we found out how much this netbook will cost in the US and mainland Europe, a UK price was conspicuously absent. We now know that the Vaio W will cost £399 including VAT, when it’s released in mid-August.

A number of publications went hands-on with the Vaio W netbook today and came back with mixed reactions. PC Pro thought its biggest selling point was the high-resolution (1366 x 768) screen. The screen was bright and text was sharp, although they did feel the 10.1-inch screen was a bit too cramped. The chassis is made of plastic, although with a textured finish. Whilst the chiclet (isolation) keyboard looks great in the pictures, they said that the Samsung N110 keyboard was more usable.

What Laptop also feels that the HD screen is its standout feature. They found the colour and contrast to be excellent. The touchpad is large and has responsive mouse buttons. TechRadar liked the 86 percent keyboard although they were concerned on slightly small keys. They also loved the screen, using adjectives such as “stunning” and “vibrant” and calling it “one of the best netbook screens we’ve seen to date”.


2 Responses to “Sony Vaio W netbook gets UK pricing & hands-on impressions”

  1. Fanfoot said:
    July 9th, 2009 10:52 PM

    Probably not that interested in this one, but more reviews of what 1366×768 is like on a 10″ screen are interesting nevertheless, since presumably they’re relevant to the Dell Mini 10 or HP 110/1101 models that offer this as well. Too bad the Toshiba NB205 doesn’t have this screen as an option, or I’d probably buy one right now.

    Not having SDHC support at this point seems like a big FAIL. Also, for a tiny VAIO laptop it sure is thick. And that 6 cell battery option is REEDICULOUS!

  2. VaioUK said:
    July 12th, 2009 11:13 AM

    Sony Vaio UK – Pre ordering the Vaio W for just £449! (uk only)

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