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Netbooks are affordable, compact, lightweight, power-efficient portable computers that are ideal for browsing the Web, checking e-mail, light office work and other tasks that are not processor intensive. If you’re looking for a compact solution with these qualities, consider Sony’s VAIO P VPCP111K Lifestyle PC Computer.
The VPCP111K is a compact computer that weighs less than a pound and a half. It can operate for up to five hours on a full charge of its 2500mAh lithium-ion battery. It features an eight-inch widescreen LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1600 x 768 pixels, driven by an integrated Intel GMA 500 graphics card. Like an iPod touch or iPad, the image on the screen will automatically rotate based on its orientation, allowing the display to be used in either portrait or landscape mode.
The system is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM. A power-sipping 64-gigabyte solid-state drive provides ample storage space. Network connectivity options include gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Other features include two USB 2.0 ports, one SD card slot, one Memory Stick Duo slot, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a built-in webcam. The system has no optical drive, but you can always connect a USB drive if you need one. A 32-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium is the installed operating system.
The VPCP111K measures only 9.6 x 0.78 x 4.72 inches and weighs just 1.3 pounds, making this portable PC very easy to pack in a briefcase. If you often travel with a full-size notebook computer, you’ll really appreciate the lighter load when you carry this instead. The VPCP111K is available in black, green and pink. The green and pink models are ideal for individuals that like their gadgets to stand out in the crowd, while the black model has a more subdued and conventional appearance.
If you happen to be in the market for a new printer, you can get a healthy rebate on an HP printer when you buy any of these portable computers or any PC, for that matter. You get a $40 mail-in rebate with the combined purchase on the same day of any PC, desktop or notebook and an HP printer or HP All-In-One priced from $69 to $119 or a $60 mail-in rebate with the combined purchase on the same day of any PC and HP printer or HP All-In-One costing more than $119. These rebates can effectively chop the price of a printer in half, so you might want to take a look at some of the HP printers and All-In-Ones—even if you weren’t in the market for one. The mail-in rebate offer expires on 9/25/10.