Sony VAIO VGN-U750P
Design and Ergonomics
This device can hardly be categorized as a notebook at first. It looks more like a big PDA or some gaming gadget. However, you learn soon that it is a full-fledged and well-equipped PC with serious capabilities. It works with Windows XP Professional and can run ordinary desktop applications.
The Sony VAIO VGN-U750P interacts with the user through the touch-sensitive screen, the pointing stick and the buttons that emulate the mouse’s buttons. There are also a number of auxiliary buttons with special functions like the screen resolution adjustment, zoom, picture rotation, backlight brightness adjustment, onscreen keyboard. The quality of the screen is very high for such a small gadget: the viewing angles are wide, the brightness range is extensive, smooth color gradients and the skin color are reproduced correctly. The matrix is not very fast, but its speed is sufficient for comfortable work; the “ghosting” effect is not very strong.
The overall design represents the best of Sony: simple and elegant shapes, not quite unpretentious, but with thought-out functionality. The silver polished metal plate on the face side is not just a decoration but a reinforcing element to add the device robustness against strong presses. The symmetrical vent openings do not just look nice – one of them can be accidentally blocked with your hand if you orient the device vertically.
The placement of the controls is ergonomic, too. The navigational buttons are right under your thumbs if you hold the device with both hands. The less frequently used auxiliary buttons are placed lower.
A few LED indicators are located to the left of the screen (Power On, Battery, HDD activity).
The word “VAIO” embellishes the bottom panel of the sub-notebook which is another point where aesthetics meets functionality: the silver bottom panel is actually a battery with a high enough capacity for its size, 11.1V x 1800mAh. The reinforced battery is thicker, but it won’t spoil the design or ergonomics of the device considering the way it is fastened to the case.
On the notebook’s front there are air inlets, a power connector, and an exclusive I/O connector you can attach various peripherals and network to by means of a special adapter or a cradle.
The following can be found on the sub-notebook’s left panel:
- Mini-jack headphones output with an additional connector (see below)
- Slider to block all the buttons
- Slider to turn power on/off
The rear panel carries:
- Standby mode button
- Exhaust vent opening
- MS, MS Pro card reader
- Express Card slot
- Battery latches
On the right panel you will find the sub-notebook’s single USB 2.0 port, a mechanical Wi-Fi switch, and a curious button that imitates the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Alt+Del”.