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Sony VAIO VGN-P530H/Q Lifestyle PC - Black
List Price: $899.99

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Product Description

Your portal to the world, the fashionable VAIO P series Lifestyle PC delivers your entertainment and computing into a single, go-anywhere design. As thin as a deck of cards, this wireless wonder features an 8.0-inch extra-widescreen display, built-in mobile broadband and real-time GPS functionality. The perfect companion for work and play, the Lifestyle PC comes equipped with an Intel Atom processor.

About the size of a business envelope and roughly as thin as a cell phone, the Sony VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC weighs just 1.4 pounds and is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag. But more than just offering easy mobility, the Lifestyle PC is packed full of advanced computing, communication, and location capabilties. It comes with the Windows Vista operating system, supporting office applications and all the software programs routinely found in full-size notebooks. This version of the Lifestyle PC (model VGN-P530H/Q) comes in onyx black, but it's also available emerald green, garnet red, and crystal white.

The Sony VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC in onyx black.
The Lifestyle PC incorporates built-in wireless WAN 3G Mobile Broadband, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. Users can toggle among various wireless options for the most efficient connection--Wi-Fi for working at a coffee shop; Bluetooth for peripherals; and Mobile Broadband service on the Verizon Wireless nationwide network when traveling outside the reach of hotspots (subscription required).

It also incorporates real-time GPS functionality, making it easy to find restaurants, hotels or special sites of interest. Destinations can be found by simply typing in an address or keyword and then following the turn-by-turn directions. It even includes estimated drive times to let you know how far you are from a destination.

The high-resolution, backlit 8-inch ultra-wide XBRITE-ECO display provides razor-sharp viewing on the go. It's powered by a 1.33 GHz Intel processor and includes a 60 GB hard drive with G-Sensor shock protection, memory expansion via Memory Stick media and Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, and 2 GB of RAM (maximum capacity), and Windows Vista Home Basic operating system (32-bit).

Enjoy easy video chatting using the integrated webcam.
Other features include a Motion Eye webcam (with omnidirectional microphone) integrated into the to right corner of the display bezel for easy video chats, two USB ports, and a VGA port for connecting to an external monitor. The unit features up to four hours of battery life with the included standard capacity battery and eight hours with the large capacity battery (sold separately).

This Sony notebook is Energy Star 4.0 certified, and has received a Silver EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. Additionally, it is RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances.

VAIO Lifestyle PC Innovations
Engineered to provide the feel of a larger notebook, the VAIO Lifestyle PC provides a convenient typing experience by extending the keyboard to the perimeters of the chassis maximizing the typing area. The spacing between keys has also been engineered to help reduce typing mistakes making it perfect for long fingernails.

When you have more than a few documents or web pages open at once, your screen can get a little chaotic. But thanks to a special window arrangement utility, you can organize them all with one simple touch. Press a button and watch as all your open windows are presented side-by-side on a single screen, cutting clutter and giving you a fresh perspective on your workspace.

The unit also has an instant-mode option that launches directly into Sony's Xross Media Bar interface, so you can rapidly boot up and access music, video, photos and the Web. A built-in webcam lets you video chat with family, friends and colleagues. A third-party service is required.

You don't need an Internet connection (in the U.S. or Canada) with the real-time GPS functionality. Just step outside and type in where you want to go. You'll get turn-by-turn directions displayed right on the map--it's that simple. Other navigation features include real-time tracking of your current location, the ability to search by address, keyword or points of interest, estimated drive times to your desired location and points of interest, such as restaurants and hotels within 50 miles of your location

Hard Drive and Memory
This VAIO Lifestyle PC includes a 60 GB hard drive with G-Sensor Shock Protection, which makes your data even less vulnerable to loss or damage. When the built-in 3D acceleration sensor detects a risky movement like being dropped, the HDD-head will lock up to secure its position and protect the disc from scratching. An intelligent algorithm, unique to VAIO PCs, judges whether or not a movement is risky, activating disk drive protection only when your hardware is at risk. The 2 GB of installed memory (non-expandable) has a 533 MHz speed.

The VAIO Lifestyle PC weighs just 1.4 pounds and easily slips into jacket pocket or handbag.
Screen, Video & Audio
You'll enjoy razor-sharp graphics and widescreen movies with the 8-inch display, which offers a 1600 x 768 widescreen resolution. The XBRITE-ECO technology (with LED backlighting) delivers brilliant colors and stunning clarity with efficient power usage, and it features an anti-reflective coating to minimize reflection and ensure a beautifully clear image from any viewing angle. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 integrated graphics chip, which uses shared video memory (up to 760 MB allocated from the system memory). It's compatible with external monitor resolutions up to 1600 x 1200. The Lifestyle PC also sports an integrated audio card with Intel High Definition Audio and a headphone jack.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
Enjoy easy wireless networking with the integrated tri-mode Atheros Draft-N wireless LAN (compatible with 802.11b/g/n wireless networks). Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and wi-fi hotspots). With the Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs and cell phones as well as enjoy wireless stereo music streaming (thanks to its embedded A2DP profile). Here's the full list of ports and expansion options:

This notebook also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 34 card slot (though no PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. Here's the full list of connectivity options:

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO slot (Standard/Duo) with MagicGate functionality
  • Secure Digital memory card slot (compatible with MMC cards)
  • 1 headphone jack

Dimensions & Weight
Weighing just 1.4 pounds (22.4 ounces), the Lifestyle PC measures 9.65 x 4.72 x 0.78 inches

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What's in the Box
VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC, lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, power cable, display/LAN adapter. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty, and Sony offers 1-year of toll-free telephone technical assistance.

  • Intel? Processor (1.33GHz)
  • 2GB of pre-installed RAM
  • 60GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit
  • 8.0" extra-widescreen LCD with XBRITE-ECO™ technology & LED backlight

Customer Reviews:

  • Sony Vaio VGN-P530H/Q
    What I expected, would like to have had better sound, as the sound is to weak, even with good headphones, to listen to a DVD on my Sony, while on the airplane....more info
  • Horribly slow...real bummer
    This is such a nicely made laptop. Awesome style, beautiful design..not a bad price considering Sony Vaio's past history. The text is going to be small and it's something you will have to deal with if you want the portability.You can increase the font size but I didn't like how it distorted some of the graphics. Keyboard is decent as well for the size. It does tend to run really hot so I doubt there is any cooling system in this tiny little package.The pointer mouse also takes some getting used to. My biggest gripe is how incredibly slow this thing is. I had the Vaio TX series before this one and it too was impossible to run on Vista. I agree this needs to be downgraded to XP. In my experience I have not had too many pc's that ran well on Vista anyway. As a matter of fact I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on an Acer Aspire One and that seems to work better than Vista as well. I might try that first before I switch this to XP. I may end up returning this if it continues to be slow. My $300 Acer runs so much better out of the box than this one. Also, like the TX series I purchased before this, it comes with so much crap on it that it takes up 20gb+ of the 60gb hard drive. ...more info
  • Impossibly Slow; but beautiful....
    I bought the green HDD model on an impulse but returned it. It is impossibly slow. Downgrading to Windows XP may not be impossible, but it's not easy, either. For this price, you really have to be in love with the form rather than the function. Sorry, I wish it were otherwise....more info
  • Sony P Series
    This latop is the most beautiful thing ever. It's really slow though, I dont know if it's windows vista that makes it that slow or the processor itself but I waste so much time browing the net with it. It also very small, the text is so small that you have to take it really close to your eyes in order to read. I had to sold it on ebay just after a week of using it. I can live with the small text but the speed really killing me....more info
  • Tiny, feather-light and beautiful
    I am an early adopter and gadget freak. I took a long time researching options before deciding on the Sony VAIO VGN-P530H/W Lifestyle PC (1.33 GHz Intel Processor, 2 GB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive with G-Sensor, Vista Basic) White. I could not be more happy with the purchase.

    My Expectations

    Do not expect a gaming PC if you purchase the Lifestyle PC. It is slow. The text is very small. Vista sucks, but it really sucks on an ATOM CPU. So, there are compromises.

    What you can expect is an amazingly minute PC. It weighs next to nothing. And, its beauty is unparalleled.

    My Experience

    When unpacking the Lifestyle PC and getting it up and running I was disappointed that the Quick Start Guide had a "misprint." The guide instructs the purchaser to check supplied items and lists them. "Noise canceling headphones (*on selected models only)" is on the list, but not in the package.

    I called Sony about this. They told me it was a misprint. I suspect the Sony rep was not well informed and the truth is that the lowest priced Lifestyle PC is not a selected model. In any event, do not expect to find this item in the package.

    Getting things ready takes awhile, but it is an easy process. The time is a normal Vista install thing.

    I had to increase the size of the text a bit (60 year-old eyes), but the screen is surprisingly bright and the tiny text is surprisingly clean and clear enough to read without a magnifying glass. For me, the benefits of the 1600 x 768 resolution far outweigh any minor inconvenience caused by having to read minuscule text.

    My Solutions

    Speed: The only serious problem I have with the speed of the Lifestyle PC is the time it takes to start up. So, I leave the unit in Sleep mode whenever I store it away in my waist pack. This is accomplished easily by simply closing the clam shell. When you open the PC again Vista pops up instantly.

    If you leave the computer closed long enough (the time period is user-configurable) it will Hibernate to save battery power. It takes Vista too long to reload the desktop when coming out of Hibernate, so this option is not a good solution.

    I have tested it and leaving the PC in Sleep mode for 12 hours consumes about 20% of the standard capacity battery, 10% of the large capacity battery. This is an acceptable use of power resources for the convenience of "instant on" functionality, for me.

    The alternate Instant Mode (Linux) is an awesome feature of the Lifestyle PC. It is not only fast, it provides about 90% of what I need from a PC. Most of my computing is now done in the cloud. My need for installed software in Vista is minimal.

    One caveat here: The installed Firefox browser provided in Instant Mode is a dumbed-down version of Firefox. I have not yet researched hacks to resolve this issue. I will because I must be able to run Firefox plug-ins that I rely on and I suspect there is a not-too-difficult way around the Sony-Microsoft imposed limitations on Firefox available from Instant Mode. I'll post information about this matter when I have it figured out.

    Finally, the wireless features of the Lifestyle PC are wonderful. The process of using WiFi and Bluetooth are so smooth and simple that anyone should have no trouble using these wireless tools.

    3G is another irritant. This time it is Sony-Verizon imposing limitations on functionality. The Lifestyle PC has all of the hardware needed to setup the built-in WWAN with just about any provider, but it too has been dumbed-down.

    I will not support Verizon. They are being pulled kicking and screaming to give users access to free and powerful tools. Instead, they have expensive proprietary tools they want to force on users. Sony is assisting them. A pox on both of their houses.

    I use an awesome T-Mobile G1 mobile phone. Fortunately, it is open-source (Android) and there is a plethora of software out there that allow the phone to perform miracles. I can easily tether the G1 to the Lifestyle PC and have easy, no additional cost, no problem broadband Internet access by connecting the G1 to the Lifestyle PC using a USB cable.

    Wow! This setup really works. I notice only a slight speed reduction between using the Internet at home via WiFi on my cable provided service and 802.11n router and using the Internet when I'm out-and-about by connecting via a tethered 3G setup on my G1.

    If you have appropriate expectations, you will fall in love with a Lifestyle PC....more info
    PRO: The design is world class
    CON: Very SLOW. I am surprised that Sony would use Vista operating system for this. Don't they have quality control? The product is almost unusable under Vista.
    SOLUTION: Downgrade to XP then you will have function and style....more info
  • Vista is ruining this amazing laptop
    I really enjoyed using this laptop, but I feel Vista is too heavy for it. Also, the mouse pointer is so sensitive. I did some stuff to make it more useful:
    1- I disabled the mouse pointer as a click button.
    2- Change the screen resolution, so you can read without a magnifier.

    One thing u need to buy if you want to use it for long time u need to buy the extended battery because the original battery life is so short even when you turn off the WI-fi and bluetooth. ...more info
  • Fashion Statement Only
    I love gadgets and technology in general. I own several netbooks, some of which I have purchased through

    That being said, if you wish to make a fashion statement, buys one of these. They look great! The performance on the other hand is sub par at best.

    The start up time is painfully slow.

    The interface for conectabilty is cumbersome, slow, and rigid.

    Worst of all. . . the text is nearly unreadable. I have great eyesight. But, I need binoculars to read the text on this thing.

    Conclusion: If you want to impress someone, show them this piece of eye candy. But, don't turn it on. They will laugh at you!!!!!!!!!!
    ...more info
  • what a desappointement
    this is my fourtn sony laptop in three years and the most disapponting
    the screen you can eventually tolerate, the battery last barely 40 minutes , but the main problem
    is how sloww and frustrating this laptop..
    i am surprised that sony would release such a machine .
    i returned it after 10 days of strugling despite the 250 restocking fee ....more info
  • Pros and cons
    My model is US version

    Small size and lightweight.
    Lots of RAM.
    Usable keyboard for the size.
    Small power brick.
    Great looking display.
    Windows XP performance is great.
    The external vga / network connector clips to the power brick when not being used.

    Installing XP is possible but needs a good amount of operation system and driver installation knowledge, and needs a bootable USB CD/DVD drive.
    Only 2 USB ports.
    VGA and wired network are on an external connector, which is ok when you take into account the size.
    Screen resolution of 1600x600 is too small, try 800x600 or 1024x600.
    Pointer stick instead of trackpad, not a problem in my opinion.

    Vista, performance is pathetic. Install XP.
    XP install of GPS and WAN support is in the early days.

    ...more info
  • Great Looking Portable Vaio
    Sony did a great job in designing the Vaio P, sure, it won't fit in your pocket, but at a mere 1.5lbs (a bit less), it is so portable. It functions pretty well for what it's suppose to be, which is a NetBook (sorry Sony). keep that in mind, do not buy this if what you really need is a laptop, cause you can get laptops that perform way better than the Vaio P at half its cost. I believe that the unit is representing what a NetBook should be, and hopefully setting a benchmark for future NetBooks.

    Here's my personal experience if anyone cares...
    I should mention that I do not have this specific unit, but instead the VGN-P598E/Q, which is the same as this with the exception of a 128GB Solid State; performance wise, no major difference between this model sold by The only reason why I went the extra mile was because I really need the space. The unit has not disappointed me very much yet, sure it can't really play HD video on YouTube or Hulu, or iTunes movies. but that's ok to me, because I need it for productivity. that's an other thing to keep in mind when buying this movie if you're a movie fanatic or plan on watching movies while traveling. I use mine to run work related software, and some of that software can be a bit demanding and this little unit can handle it. THe software I run includes SQL, SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio 2008, the whole Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe CS4, FileMaker Pro 9, iTunes (for music while I work LOL) and others. ...sure, I do prefer to run these on my iMac, and even my MacBook Air runs them better, but if I'm on the go, I see no reason why I should carry a bigger laptop (I know, the MacBook Air only weighs 1.5lbs more, but it's still bigger), so I decided to get the Sony Vaio P. If I ever need to give a demo, no problem, the Vaio P ships with a little dongle that lets you plug a VGA monitor or projector into it (that's also the solution if you think the font is to small, or just use the zoom feature).

    ...that's sort of how I use the Vaio P, and it has yet to fail me.

    Sure, it might be a bit slow, but not super slow. I do admit that I had higher expectations, and was disappointed to find out videos aren't handled so well, and that even the most basic game struggles, but I can live with that.

    Before buying the Vaio P, ask your self what you plan on doing with it, if your only using the Microsoft Office Suit, e-mail, browser, etc... the Vaio P will be great, if you plan on playing games, perhaps the Vaio Z will appeal to you. If you'll miss having a built in disk drive, perhaps you'll prefer the Vaio TT which still weighs under 3lbs. I will recommend one thing, if you're looking to save money, and can only have one portable computer, or even one computer (meaning not both a desktop and laptop), do not go out and buy a Vaio P, buy it only as a second computer, only as an Ultra Mobile.

    I've always believed that laptops should be ultra mobile, and not as heavy and as ugly as Alienware laptops or other hideous 17" machines (ok, I'll exclude the 17" MacBook Pro from the hideous list), which is why I love my Vaio P and MacBook Air me, they are nearly perfect, although I do wish they both had nVidia graphics (the MacBook AIr does), and a 2.)GHz or more CPU. I have owned other NetBooks and Ultra Mobiles, and so far the Vaio P is my favorite. I've had two Sony Vaio U-series, the Samsung Q1, the Acer Aspire One, the Lenovo S10, and maybe one or two others I really hated and can't remember. ...the Lenovo S10 and Acer Aspire One will run a lot better than the Vaio P (enough for you to tell a difference) and do cost a lot less, and performance wise I would recommend them anytime over the Vaio P, but they were just to big for me (not to mention the Acer Aspire One is one ugly piece of machine, the new Aspire One looks a bit nicer though).

    Let's just say that if you want portable, a really high resolution monitor, a really bright monitor, a nice keyboard size, good US/Canada based customer service (with a Mac or a Vaio you'll likely never have to call anyways), a great innovative design, only carry 1.5lbs, read both SD and Memory Stick media, the Vaio P is right for you. anyways, that's more of my opinion on the Vaio P and portable computers, I didn't want to bother writing a review since many websites have already rated the Vaio P, and many self-proclaimed experts have written their review on Amazon.

    As a side note, if you really like your Vaio P, you might want to consider getting a Vaja Case, an extended battery for traveling, perhaps an extra charger for the office, and I would recommend upgrading to Windows 7 as soon as it becomes available for better performance (or downgrading the XP, which I'm not doing).

    As for others reviewing the Vaio P, understand what this machine is meant to do, and what it's for, prior to giving it 3 or less stars with any justification other than complaining about how it costs to much. ...more info
  • good but vista making the pc slow
    it is very nice lap top
    tha only thing it is vista
    its very slow in loding
    i think if it5 is xp windows it will be much better
    ...more info