Unboxing the Sony Vaio P (VGN-P588E)

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Behold the power of imagination!

My Sony Vaio P (VGN-P588E) arrived about an hour ago and while it charges and awaits its first boot, which I'll chronicle and share, have a look at the first few moments of the mini notebook's out-of-box existence.

The unboxing itself is a mostly cardboard affair that doesn't do the contents justice, but unimpressive packaging just seems to be part of Sony's MO (my Vaio UX180P and TZ were victims of equally boring packaging). It makes sense not to spend too much time or money on a disposable container, but for a company as brand- and image-conscious as Sony, you'd think customers would be given at least some kind of "experience" when opening the box for the first time.

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Inside the top layer of the box are various manuals, advertisements, and paperwork.

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Beneath that is the Vaio P, wrapped in a pink styrofoam sleeve and unceremoniously wedged into a carton.

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And under that, at the bottom of the box, are the included accessories: a tiny 10.5V AC adapter and power cord, standard battery pack (7.4V, 2100mAh, 16Wh), two spare pointing stick caps, and a VGA/LAN adapter. The 128GB SSD version of the P also includes a pair of noise canceling headphones.

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The VGA/LAN adapter attaches to the AC adapter and has a flexible proprietary connector cable that can be stowed when not in use.

Now here's a look at the long and lovely Vaio P.

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I've got a bunch of feature-specific reviews and articles planned for the P (hey, if I'm going to break my 7-inch rule, I'm really going to break it!) in the coming weeks/months, so stay tuned for more.

:: Visit the Vaio P forum to connect with other owners and potential buyers, share tips, and troubleshoot. ::

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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