Sony Vaio VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC review:

Sony Vaio VGN-P588E Lifestyle PC

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

What you'll pay

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