Pros

  • Sleek, pocket-sized design
  • Good touchpoint control

Cons

  • Screen and keyboard are a hair too tiny
  • Pricey considering the parts

At A Glance

There's no denying this not-quite-a-netbook's sex appeal, but the price is a little too steep for what Sony's VAIO P offers.

Manufacturer’s Description

VAIO P688E Netbook delivers your entertainment and computing in a single go-anywhere design. Features like built-in mobile broadband and real-time GPS functionality tell only a partial story. The bottom line is that this chic little 1.4 lb (with standard battery) computing sidekick will make a perfect fit with your life, whether it's for business, pleasure, or both.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VGNP688E/Q
Processor
Processor type Atom Z520
Processor speed 1330.0 MHz
Display
Display size 8.9 inches
Resolution 1600 x 768 pixels
External Monitor Interface Integrated
Vertical Resolution 768
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel GMA 500
Storage
Drive size 64.0 GB
Floppy Drive No
General Information
UPC Code 27242774469
Battery
Battery Type Lithium ion
Standard Number of Batteries 1.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0
Ports and Connections
Headphone Jack Yes
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus Port (x2)
  • Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)
Firewire 0
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 b
Memory
Memory size 2048.0 MB
Dimensions
Width 9.6 inches
Depth 4.7 inches
Height 0.9 inches
Weight 1.8 pounds
Weight with Accessories 1.8 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
Included Software
  • Microsoft Works
  • Acrobat Reader 9
  • InterVideo WinDVD
Other Features
Docking Station Port Yes
Devices Port Replicator
Input devices Eraserhead
Hardware List notebook
Pointing Device Eraserhead
Other Hardware Port replicator

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 29.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Fair
Battery
Battery Life 3:22:30 AM   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 1455.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 821.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 886.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 1596.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 2184.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 1096.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 612.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 725.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 1.42   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 1.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Performance
World Bench 5 Multitasking 2273.0
Number of Included Batteries 1.0