Sony has always been known for their stunning yet uniform designs in their VAIO lineup, and this one is set to continue the trend. Being part of the VAIO P lineup, it retains the oversized-pocket-book design like by its predecessors. Of course, this makes it look a little dated (the P series was launched early last year), but like what some people always say, good design is timeless.

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The VAIO logo is also embossed onto the lid with bright, shiny chrome, like all of Sony’s other ultraportables sold under the P Series’ banner.

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Located of the left are the essential ports: the charging port sits at the extreme left of the thin panel, while a single USB 2.0 port and headphone jack provides just enough expandability for casual, everyday use. Also located here is the hardware switch for the wireless card.

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In contrast, the right side is a lot more spartan: an additional USB 2.0 port and the obligatory slot for a Kensington lock. For those of you who need to hook up the device to an external display, Sony has kindly provided a single HDMI port.

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If you carry your work around in the form of memory cards, fret not: located at the front of the ultraportable lies a built-in SD card reader. There’s even an additional Memory Stick slot located next to the SD reader, but it will probably see limited usage at best: we just cannot think of many gadgets on the market which still make use of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick technology for storage purposes (save for Sony’s own devices).

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Here’s the view of the back of the VAIO P, with the battery taken out. Notice that Sony had kept the rear of the device extremely clean: you will not find any heat vents, screw holes or anything of that sort. Which also speaks a lot about Sony’s design philosophy regarding its mobile computing products.

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Also hidden underneath the battery is a SIM card slot, although closer inspection suggests that our review unit does not have a built-in modem for mobile broadband (it did not show up under ‘Device Manager’).

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