Sony Vaio VGN-P588E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-P588ENotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-P588E (Vaio VGN-P Series)
Processor: Intel Atom Z520
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Display: 8.0 inch, 2.08:1, 1600x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.65kg
Price: 1000 euro
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-P588E

80% Sony Vaio P (P588E)
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
After years in the ultraportable market, Sony has gotten it just about right: it's all about the keyboard and the display. The Vaio P series offers the best keyboard on an ultraportable or netbook, and enough screen resolution to do serious work with no side-to-side scrolling and room for toolbars and application palettes. In fact, the display's resolution is higher than most full sized notebooks up to 15 inches! Caveat: that means you'll need good eyes to read text. Its features target those who need more than a basic netbook: it adds WiFi draft n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, EVDO, a GPS and large SSD drives (relative to the small flash drives on the Eee PC). Likewise its extreme good looks, thinness, small dimensions and high quality materials cater to the high end ultramobile market rather than the budget conscious. The only area where the Vaio P doesn't exceed the budget netbook competition is processor speed, but that does help to keep the price and power consumption down. Vista runs decently on the P, especially the SSD P, and Windows 7 really sings.
80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Z520:

Power efficient single core CPU with a very low performance. Offers more features (power saving, VT-x) than the N series Atoms.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


8.0": This is a very small format, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.65 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VGN-P35GK/W
Atom Z550, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-P11S1E/D
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-P11S1R/B
Atom Z540, 0.61 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP111KX/G
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP11S1R/G
Atom Z540, 0.65 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP115KG
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP113KX
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP11S1E
Atom Z540, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P31ZK
Atom Z540, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P13GH/Q
Atom Z520, 0.62 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/Q
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P21Z
Atom Z520, 0.61 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P19WN/Q
Atom Z520, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P530H/R
Atom Z520, 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P19VN/Q
Atom Z530, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/G
Atom Z520, 0.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-P
Atom Z520, 0.638 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» MSI WindPad 100W
Atom Z530, 10.1", 0.8 kg
» Yukyung Viliv N5
Atom Z520, 4.8", 0.4 kg
» Archos 9
Atom Z510, 8.9", 0.8 kg
» Viliv S10
Atom Z530, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Dell Inspiron Mini 10s
Atom Z520, 10.1", 1.7 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1201HA
Atom Z520, 12.1", 1.4 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook UH900
Atom Z530, 5.6", 0.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X113KGB
Atom Z540, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X11Z1E/X
Atom Z550, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X115KX/N
Atom Z550, 11.1", 0.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-X11S1E/B
Atom Z540, 11.1", 0.76 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-06-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)