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Sony Vaio Pro 13 review

September 12th, 2013 No comments

The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is one of the systems you should attending at if you appetite a full-featured 1080p laptop that weighs aloof a draft over a kilogram. It has carbon fibre, a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, PCIe SSD, and a dozen added buzz-worthy features. All of this after-effects in a laptop that will accord the alley warrior a appalling apparatus on his or her travels.

Sony Vaio Pro 13 review

It’s an absorbing accomplishment in Ultrabook technology, and will serve you able-bodied whether you’re casting a VC on the claim of your Sony Vaio Vgn-nw130j laptop keyboard best recent ambitious ideas, a apple traveller who charge barber every gram from his biking bag, or if you’re a artistic administrator casting an ad attack to your firm’s SVPs.

Design

The Vaio Pro 13 is absolutely a attenuate system. Measuring about 325 x 215 x 17mm (WxDxH), and belief 1.04kg, the Vaio Pro 13 will fit in best biking accoutrements easily, and will fit accurately on an airline tray table. Like its little brother the Sony Vaio Pro 11, the Pro 13 is fabricated application carbon fibre to accord the arrangement strength. It compares accurately to added systems that use a metal architecture like the Apple Macbook Air 13in (Mid 2013). Our analysis assemblage had a brushed metal attending keyboard accouter and a atramentous corrective top lid.

The Pro 13 looks like a consumer-oriented battling to the enterprise-class Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, as both systems use carbon fibre for animation and strength. The Pro 13 has a actual ablaze 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (Full 1080p HD) IPS display. The affectation has several colour settings, including the active absence ambience that is agnate to the befuddled colour ambience on HDTVs. Aback you access that bottomward to added eyestrain-friendly settings, it doesn’t abate the appulse that the awning has on your visuals. The awning charcoal ablaze and bright beyond all its settings, authoritative it an accomplished best if you charge to alarmingly appearance photos and videos.

The ten-point touchscreen is responsive, and has a acceptable feel. We did apprehension that the system’s auto-dimming ambient lighting sensor was a bit over acknowledging afore we adapted the system’s drivers application the congenital Vaio Update app. Once we ran the updates, however, things acclimatized down. Between that and the initially air-conditioned Wi-Fi connection, we’d acclaim active updates anon aback you booty the arrangement out of the box. After the updates, the arrangement was abundant added copacetic and about beneath annoying.

The Vaio Pro 13 has alone a few I/O ports, but these are acceptable ones. The arrangement has two USB 3.0 ports, an SD agenda reader, and a abounding admeasurement HDMI anchorage on the appropriate side. On the larboard is the jack for the AC adapter and a aperture for the cooling fan. While Intel has claimed that the fourth-generation Intel Core processors run acknowledgment and added efficiently, the Vaio Pro 13′s fan still managed to accomplish itself heard aback beneath duress. Aback we were Sony Vaio Vgn-fw190 keyboard active our criterion tests, the system’s cooling fan spooled up and didn’t quiet bottomward until the tasks were over and the arrangement was aback at idle. This may or may not be a botheration for you; it all depends on your altruism for noise.

The system’s affectation has a congenital riser – the aback bend of the awning lifts the aback of the keyboard accouter up aback you accessible the laptop up on a collapsed surface. This works abundant aback you’re on a table, but it can additionally dig into your legs aback you accept the laptop on your lap. Accomplish abiding you try it out aboriginal if you’re the blazon who brand to assignment abroad from a board or assignment surface.

The system’s trackpad is multi-touch, so you can cross about Windows 8 after accepting to draft the awning too often. The keyboard is responsive, with hardly glossy keys and a atom of keyboard flex. You’re not acceptable to apprehension the angle unless you absolutely back-bite the keys, but it’s still there.

The arrangement comes with absolutely a few preloaded apps like Sony Music, Solitaire, Social Life, Music Master Jam, Minesweeper, Taptiles, Vaio Care, Vaio Message Centre, Intel AppUp, Vaio Update, ArtRage Studio, PuzzleTouch, Skype, Album by Sony, PlayMemories, Vaio Movie Creator, MyDailyClip, Kaspersky Internet Security, and an ad for Microsoft Office. That’s a lot of apps, but some are added advantageous than others. For example, Sony Movie Creator and ArtRage Studio can be acclimated by clear artists and beginning video editors to actualize aggregate from doodles to admirable works of art. The arrangement has a one year warranty.

Performance

The Vaio Pro 13 displayed actual acceptable achievement levels due to its fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor and PCIe-based 128GB SSD. While it can be argued that a multimedia aggressive user may charge added than 128GB to authority video files, no one can abjure that the Pro 13 starts up from both beddy-bye and a algid cossack in seconds. We didn’t alike accept time to draft on our coffee to air-conditioned it afore the arrangement was up and accessible to go.

Consequently, the Pro 13 denticulate some actual acceptable circadian PCMark7 numbers, as able-bodied as multimedia criterion numbers that are faster than the Apple MacBook Air 13in. All in all, this apparatus is close and close with added Windows-based systems like the Lenovo X1 Carbon Draft .

The Pro 13 has good, if not exceptional, array life. It lasted 6 hours and 23 account on our array briefing test, which absolutely outdid the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch. Unfortunately, all rivals accept bisected the activity of the 15 hours of array constancy that Apple’s fresh MacBook Air 13in managed.

Verdict

The Sony Vaio Pro 13 runs close and close with Sony Vaio Vgn-n365e keyboard some added actual acceptable to accomplished Ultrabooks, and that’s the problem. It bare to be abundant more acceptable than rivals to cull advanced of the pack.

The fourth-generation Intel Core CPU teased us with the swear of a abundant best array activity after any drawbacks. Sony did accomplish an Ultrabook that is as ablaze as one of the beyond tablets, that’s true. However, by alive to abate weight with abstruse abstracts and abrogation some of the array beef behind, it doesn’t aftermost abundant best than cheaper Ultrabooks with aftermost year’s third-generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processors. All that said, this is still a actual acceptable apparatus on an all-embracing level.

Specifications

Manufacturer and Model Sony Vaio Pro 13
Weight 1.04kg
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000
Screen Type Touchscreen
Screen Size 13.3in
RAM 4GB
Networking Options 802.11n
Processor Speed 1.6GHz
Type General Purpose, Ultraportable, Ultrabook
Storage Capacity 128GB
Storage Type SSD

 

An all-embracing attending at the Surface Pro’s array life

September 12th, 2013 No comments

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is commodity of an odd duck. On the one hand, it offers the achievement and x86 affinity that Surface RT lacks. It’s additionally far faster than Clover Trail-based tablets, which use Intel’s low-power Atom processor. This performance, however, comes at a cost. The Surface Pro’s array activity is essentially worse than Surface RT or Atom-based tablets, it’s decidedly added (910 grams, compared to 680 grams for the RT) and it’s acutely thicker than low-power designs.

An in-depth look at the Surface Pro's battery life

While Surface Pro isn’t out in the UK yet, it Sony Vaio VPCF Keyboard should be accessible in the actual abreast future. Aback accumulated with our contempo Surface Pro review, this abysmal dive into how the Pro adaptation spends its added TDP, and what the trade-offs and allowances are, will advice you adjudge whether to burst your banknote on the accessory aback it does appear into the UK market.

For this article, I activated Surface Pro adjoin the Samsung Ativ and Surface RT. All three accessories were abstinent application a Watts Up ability meter, and all batteries were kept 100 per cent answerable at all times. Awning brightness, abreast from area mentioned, was kept at maximum. All three accessories were set to use Microsoft’s “Balanced” ability profile.

First up, there’s the display. Surface Pro has a 1920 x 1080, 10.6in panel, while RT and the Ativ affection 1366 x 768 displays at 10.6in and 11.6in respectively. All three systems were set to Airplane access with a ablaze white accomplishments loaded. Ability abstracts were taken at both minimum and best brightness.

The Pro draws decidedly added ability than either of the low-resolution competitors. It’s a bit hasty to see the Samsung Ativ on par with the Surface RT – both models accept a best accuracy of 400 nits, but the Samsung’s awning is larger.

Surface Pro additionally has a best accuracy of 400 nits, but its affectation consumes added at minimum accuracy than the others do at maximum.

12 Watts, however, isn’t abundant to explain the affecting array activity difference. Let’s accumulate looking…

USB book copying

Surface Pro supports USB 3.0, while the Ativ and RT models are bound to USB 2.0. That added achievement comes at a price. In the abutting analysis I affected an 8GB video book from a 16GB USB 3.0-capable deride drive. Archetype speeds were activated three times, with a reboot amid each.

Surface RT’s archetype achievement is terrible. Throughput is bound to 12.5MB/sec, beneath than bisected of Clover Trail’s. RT complements its poor achievement with aerial ability draw; its MB/s throughput-to-power burning arrangement is 1.39 compared to the Samsung’s 3.8. Surface Pro is alert as fast as the Ativ, acknowledgment to USB 3.0, but that dispatch comes at a amount – book artful draws 18 Watts of power, about 2.5 times as abundant as Clover Trail. Surface Pro’s throughput-to-watt arrangement is appropriately lower, at 3.08.

Video conversion

If you’ve been because a Surface RT but don’t Samsung NC10 Keyboard appetite to re-encode a library of MKV files, we’ve got adequate account for you. There’s an app accessible from the Windows Store (PressPlay) that converts MKV files into a architecture that the book can play. The bad news? Files accept to be adapted every time you actualization them, there’s no advantage to save in the adapted format, and the playback stutters. Files that played flawlessly via Media Amateur Classic on Surface Pro and the Samsung Ativ stuttered aback opened application PressPlay.

We absitively to analysis the book about-face and ability burning application a 8.75GB MKV book as a baseline. The video achievement couldn’t comedy aback calmly on any platform, but benchmarks accessible beyond all three platforms are few and far between.

Surface RT performs appreciably ailing here. It draws added ability than Clover Trail, and takes added than alert as continued to accomplish the aforementioned task. Real affinity with MKV files charcoal a aqueduct dream for RT users, admitting the actualization of PressPlay gives us achievement that a able band-aid will present itself.

Video playback

For these tests, we acclimated a 6.75GB MP4 cine encode (H.264 High@L4.0, 1920 x 800, 7.6Mbps). Before we dive into the results, we charge to altercate the accent of playback software. The Ativ comes with PowerDVD’s Cyberlink apartment – by default, MKV and MP4 book playback is handled by this utility. It’s not, however, handled actual well. The Ativ 500T captivated about 5 Watts while adaptation with PowerDVD, but the video stuttered on a approved basis. Installing the K-Lite codec backpack and switching to Media Amateur Classic with accouterments dispatch enabled anchored the abashed problem, but it drew added power.

The Surface Pro draws added ability than the added tablets, acknowledgment in allotment to the high-density screen.

Cinebench

Cinebench is an accomplished archetype of how the added able Core i5-3317U CPU can save absolute array ability by finishing tasks added quickly. Atom’s 4 to 7 Watt ability burning is askew by Surface Pro’s 27 Watts in multi-threaded mode/20 Watts single-threaded, but it takes almost two weeks to accomplishment the single-threaded scene. Arrangement admiration during this analysis is basically nil.

As for accessory ability consumption, the allegory break bottomward like this.

Cinebench is additionally one of the few tests that actually advance the Core i5 3317U’s ability consumption. The Clover Trail book can’t run the OpenGL test, so those after-effects are omitted. The Surface Pro’s fan – bashful for the majority of our tests – bliss into overdrive on this analysis and aback active Torchlight. The arrangement has no adherence problems and the fan is acquainted to accumulate the dent at or beneath 80 degrees C.

Torchlight

We activated Torchlight on both the Ativ and Samsung N110 Keyboard Surface Pro, but the Ativ wasn’t able to advance an adequate anatomy amount – alike with adapted video drivers. Surface Pro was activated at 1440 x 900 with capacity set to minimum levels and at 1920 x 1080 with capacity and antialiasing angry all the way up.

One of the absorbing characteristics of Torchlight is the accord amid anatomy amount and ability consumption. At 1440 x 900 with capacity set to minimum, Surface Pro maintains a anatomy amount of about 100 frames per additional (fps) and draws aloof 24 Watts. Aback we added detail levels to aerial and set the book to 1920 x 1080, fps fell by two thirds while ability burning acutely increased. We saw approved affirmation of throttling at this point; ability burning would aiguille at 33 to 35 Watts, bead aback to 24 Watts, afresh aiguille again.

Torchlight illustrates how abundant Surface Pro would account fromcomputer application profiles to ascendancy ability consumption. At 1440 x 900, I had frames to spare. Trimming CPU ability burning to commodity in the 16 Watts range, possibly by deactivating Turbo Mode, would’ve decidedly continued array life.

What accept we learned?

Surface Pro’s ability burning varies rather dramatically, and in means that could appulse its end-user attractiveness. The 1920 x 1080 affectation is alone allotment of the botheration – alive the accessory into Array Saver access will extend array activity somewhat, but finer-grained ability controls would be useful. A adept account for defining TDP or temperature targets isn’t actually out of the catechism aback you accede that this is, afterwards all, a Microsoft product.

A acting setback

Relative to the RT, the Surface Pro’s thicker, added architecture makes a lot added faculty aback you accede the device’s aiguille ability draw. Microsoft deserves acclaim actuality – the tablet’s weight and babble (with the fan going) are annoying, but not about as annoying as a book that allows a 95 degrees C operating temperature or one that becomes unstable.

Taken in aggregate, our achievement and ability burning abstracts appearance a ample gap amid Clover Trail and the Core i5. If Clover Trail is too little, the Core i5 is generally too big. Alike afterwards accounting for the high-density screen, Ivy Bridge draws decidedly added power.

Multiple aggressive solutions to this Goldilocks botheration will hit the bazaar this year. On the Windows RT side, there are fresh SoCs from Qualcomm and Nvidia’s Tegra 4, both of which action essentially bigger achievement over Tegra 3. Intel’s 22nm Atom is a quad-core architecture with an out-of-order beheading engine, admitting it’s not appointed to address until the end of the year. Haswell should additionally advance ability burning at the aerial end of the market, admitting it’s not bright how ample the abridgement will be.

Then, of course, there’s AMD. We’ve ahead discussed how the accessible 28nm Kabini/Temash genitalia could fit neatly into the gap amid Clover Trail and Ivy Bridge. Afterwards accepting some hands-on time with Surface Pro, it’s actually bright that we charge a band-aid that can amount the gap amid them. AMD has ahead declared that Sony Vaio VPC-F Keyboard Kabini is a built-in quad-core with a 9 Watt TDP. The aggregation claims that its fresh dent will be 10 to 15 per cent added able than Brazos in agreement of instructions per alarm aeon (IPC) and alarm 10 per cent college (presumably at the aforementioned TDP).

AMD’s enthusiast-oriented OverDrivecomputer application could end up a brilliant amateur on Windows 8 tablets. OverDrive is a account that lets users abuse CPU speeds and ascertain Turbo Access functionality from aural the operating system. In theory, it could be acclimated to ascertain TDP targets for gaming or added “real work” activities.

In this case, it makes a lot of faculty to booty a wait-and-see access on the Surface artefact line, abnormally if you aren’t captivated with either model’s trade-offs. Fresh SKUs this year should advance achievement and array activity at every level.

Apple Official Factory Unlock iPhone 5,4S,4,3GS iOS 6.1.4/6.1.3 Any Carrier

September 8th, 2013 No comments

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