Sony VAIO P review: Sony VAIO P

The 2GHz Atom Z550 processor in our configuration didn't perform much better than the standard Atom N450 CPU seen in most $299 Netbooks. Single and multitask benchmarks gained slightly, but the Vaio P still runs on a single-core Atom, and it shows. Basic programs and Web browsing worked well, but any intense media or Flash use slowed things down to a crawl.

Juice box
Avg watts/hour  
Off (60%) 0.24
Sleep (10%) 0.47
Idle (25%) 4.36
Load (05%) 11.9
Raw kWh number 16.43
Annual power consumption cost $1.87

Annual power consumption cost
Sony Vaio P (2GHz Intel Atom Z550)
1.87 

The more mobile a product is, the more important battery becomes. The Vaio P lasted only 2 hours and 41 minutes on our video playback battery drain test using its included battery, which is less than we'd expect from a 15-inch midsize laptop. Sony does sell an extended-life battery on its site, but it costs an additional $129. Considering this type of device is specifically engineered for on-the-go use, a battery this limiting is a disappointment. Many Netbooks have battery lives lasting twice as long and cost less than half the price.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $299, and support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, as well as an online knowledge base and driver downloads through a generally well-designed, easy to navigate Web site.

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio P (2GHz Intel Atom Z550)
160 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio P (2GHz Intel Atom Z550)
2880 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio P (2GHz Intel Atom Z550)
725 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio P (1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520)
188 

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System configurations:

Sony Vaio P (2GHz Intel Atom Z550)
Windows 7 Home Premium; 2GHz Intel Atom Z550; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 762MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 500; 250GB Hitachi 5400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1201PN
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Archos 9 PC Tablet
Windows 7 Starter; 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z515; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 500; 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm

Sony Vaio P (1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520)
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 500; Samsung 64GB SSD

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