Sony VAIO U750P (Pentium M 733 1.1 GHz
Sony VAIO VGN-U750P
Sony's VAIO U series makes its U.S. debut today with the VAIO VGN-U750P, bringing another contender to the fledgling domestic palmtop PC market. Back in September 2004, CNET reviewed the VAIO VGN-U750P's predecessor, the , which was (and as of November 2004, still is) available only in Japan and from importer Dynamism.com.
Upside: With a 1.1GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 20GB hard drive, the VAIO VGN-U750P is equipped with a handful of laptop-caliber components, as well as a full version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional. The Japanese VAIO U50 that we tested had a slower processor and half the RAM of the new U.S. model, and it still absolutely whipped the palmtop PC in CNET Labs' tests. In fact, it even beat the , an ultraportable laptop, making the VAIO VGN-U750P a likely candidate for the most powerful PC of its size.
Downside: Its size. Despite its 1.2-pound weight and small form factor, the VAIO VGN-U750P is too big to hold in your hand comfortably for a long time, and its lack of a built-in keyboard makes it difficult to type in a URL, not to mention write e-mail or work on a Word document. At approximately $2,000, the VAIO VGN-U750P is less expensive than the similarly equipped VAIO U70--the Japanese VAIO U50's more-powerful Japanese sibling--but it's still an awful lot to spend on a product from an immature category.
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