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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

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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