Unboxed: Sony Vaio P series

The Sony Vaio P Series made our Top 10 gadgets from CES 2009 list, and today we got our grubby mitts (sorry for the fingerprints) on all three models

The Sony Vaio P Series made our Top 10 gadgets from CES 2009 list, and today we got our grubby mitts (sorry for the fingerprints) on all three models that are coming to the UK in mid-February.

What's clear when handling the 8in P Series is that while it isn't a netbook (you can let go of our arm now, Sony), it's certainly a response to the stunning success of the Eee PC et al.

It'll be available in three flavours: the VGN-P11Z (£849) comes with Vista Home Premium, while the VGN-P19WN/Q (£999) comes loaded with Windows Vista Business – otherwise they have the same spec with a 60GB hard-drive, 2GB RAM and built-in HSDPA, WI-FI and Bluetooth.

Then there's the 'SonyStyle exclusive' VGN-P19VN/Q (£1370), AKA the one with the 128GB flash drive and slightly faster Intel Atom Z530 processor, which will also be making an appearance in Dell's new Mini 10.

Applications run pretty smoothly for such a small machine, although there was a little sluggishness on our pre-production model when running multiple programs.

A very cool addition, though, is XrossMediaBar interface from the PS3, which you can access via a shortcut button below the keypad. The excellent 1600x768 widescreen is also ideal for web-surfing and watching videos (though these will need to be from your MP4 collection as there's no optical drive).

In short, we really quite want.

Watch our video of the Sony P series in action at CES.