Video: Sony Vaio P typing test (99 wpm!)


One of my favorite features about the Sony Vaio P is its aluminum keyboard (1.2mm stroke, 16.5mm pitch). With absolutely no practice on the first day of my P life, my net typing speed was 85 words per minute (wpm). Today, after four days of regular use, I'm seeing speeds of about 100 wpm.

If you've got two minutes to spare and have nothing better to do, you can watch me take a one-minute typing test in this video (my apologies for all the background noise; my Handycam mic is too sensitive). YouTube version here.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy the P keyboard so much is that it's pretty much identical to the Vaio TZ keyboard, which I love.


It's smaller than the TZ, but the spacing between the keys and the size of the keys themselves are very similar. I've had the TZ for about 18 months now and use it daily for at least 8 hours, so I'm really comfortable with the keys.

Here are a few more keyboard comparisons:


Full-size desktop keyboard


HP 2133 Mini-Note 2133 keyboard

My husband thinks the Vaio P's keyboard is too small for touch typing because his hands are bigger than mine (his finger span–fingers spread, tip of pinky to tip of thumb–runs the entire length of the keyboard!), so keep that in mind when assessing whether you'd be able to touch type on it. I also prefer "shallow" keys that don't take much effort to press.

Close-ups of the keyboard:







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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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