Sony Vaio VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC review: Sony Vaio VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC

With those caveats in mind, we were able to successfully surf the Web and work on documents, much the same as any Atom-powered laptop. Online video streaming and DVD file playback were likewise smooth, and our biggest productivity problems stemmed from waiting for Vista menus to open and struggling with the pointing stick. As much as Sony wants to stay away from the Netbook tag, the guiding principle remains the same: if you manage your expectations appropriately, the P-series works great. Expect it to do the same things as your full-size computer, and you'll be disappointed.

The Sony Vaio P-series Lifestyle PC ran for 3 hours and 8 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included battery. An optional large-capacity battery is available for $130, which sticks out from the bottom of the system, but runs a little more than 5 hours.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $199, which includes on-site service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia Multitasking test (inseconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test  


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Video playback battery drain test  

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


Windows XP Home SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel GMA 950; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Business SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel X4500; 128GB Solid State Drive (x2)


Windows Vista Business; 1.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7700; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 945GM; 128GB Toshiba Solid State Drive


Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 120GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

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    Sony Vaio VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC

    Part Number: VGN-P588E/Q Released: Jan 8, 2009
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    • Release date Jan 8, 2009
    • Installed Size 2 GB
    • Weight 1.4 lbs
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 500
    • CPU Intel 1.33 GHz