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CES 2009: Sony Reveals P Series Battery Details

Gordon Kelly


CES 2009: Sony Reveals P Series Battery Details

An interesting addendum here to the exciting announcement of the Sony P Series netbook yesterday since we can now answer the major question Riyad posed: just how good is the battery?

Well the answer is more convoluted than you'd expect as Sony will offer the option of an extended battery alongside the standard one. Officially the company is stating you'll get a rather disappointing and ambiguous two to four hours from the standard battery and equally ambiguous but less disappointing four to eight hours from the extended battery.

Not satisfied with this answer I did some digging (read: became pushy and annoying) on the Sony stand and managed to speak with a representative who had used the P Series as their personal machine for the last month. She claimed on average she got three hours on the standard battery in typical usage (we'll assume that's closer to 2 hr 30 / 2 hr 45 minus Sony bias) and 5 hr 30 with the extended (again I'd suspect that's closer to five hours).

Now this isn't overly encouraging, but the good news for road warriors is the extended battery really isn't that bulky (see the snap) and the laptop is so light it still feels a featherweight with it attached. In fact, I found the slight angle it raises the netbook actually made it more comfortable for typing on flat surfaces (incidentally, I found the keyboard rather nice).

In sum, it could've been better news but considering its ultra-portable size it also could've been a lot worse. Of course we'll get you the definite scores as soon as we can snag a P Series for review and I know Riyad is pulling all the strings as we speak.

Now just hold your collect breaths for the UK pricing...

Michael Atkinson

January 9, 2009, 1:10 pm

US Pricing from: $899.99

UK Pricing from: &#163 1,368.99

From Sony Style

Michael Atkinson

January 9, 2009, 1:15 pm

Oh and US buyers via the Sony Style website can also get 30% off all accessories for a limited time! Normal cost $130 for the extended battery...

Oh and just noticed, all is on a pre-order basis...


January 9, 2009, 2:23 pm

Sony Style has a "low cost" variant with 3G and a standard HDD (no SSD) for &#163849 - still wildly pricey, rising to &#163969 with a 60GB SSD and topping out at &#1631370 with a 129GB SSD.


January 9, 2009, 2:51 pm

&#1631,368.99??????? Sony have lost touch with reality. My VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B laptop only cost &#163100 more and that's a fully featured mobile powerhouse.


January 9, 2009, 3:12 pm

Well, the pricing has shot this one out the water. The HDD variant seems to be (in effect) a fairly low powered netbook with a very nice screen - but we're charged around &#163500-550 for the screen? Erm. Next...


January 9, 2009, 7:31 pm

Well it's simple, this is not a netbook. Sony are not trying to compete with the "race to the bottom". They've made a gorgeous and incredibly light machine (this is what, half the weight of any netbook) that is aimed at the fashion concious business man or woman. 2 years ago this would have been double the price it is now, netbooks have at least brought us that benefit. I'm happy with my Samsung NC10 and won't be 'upgrading' to this or any of the other nice new netbooks coming out at least til the summer, but this is tempting.

Luan Bach

January 9, 2009, 10:33 pm

@HK, 2 years ago there wasn't a thing call a recession. That pricing is pure madness, any business man or woman buying this will have to answer some hard questions from the finance department. :-)


January 9, 2009, 10:34 pm

@HK ... exactly. If your first response is 'a &#163200 netbook can do all that', then you are not Sony's target market.

I bought a Sony TZ out of my own money ... yeah it was way expensive and a &#163300 Dell dual core is faster and a quarter of the price, but that's not the point. I bought it on size and battery life, and i'll probably buy one of these if I stumble across a Sony centre whilst in the need for a fix. There are a lot of people out there for whom &#163500 is not a ridiculous amount of money and the style / convenience / bragging rights / nice colour on the lid will part them from their cash quite easily. Just like a whole ton of people have bought EEEs and Aspire Ones when they admit they didn't need it because they already had a full-size laptop, but well, they wanted it ...

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