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conclusion:We like it

83 July 8th 2013 4:27 pm

With the VAIO Pro 13 Sony attempts to take on Apple's MacBook Air, and while the Windows 8 machine falls a little short, it still puts on a good show. Pocket-Lint praised the Pro 13's design, saying it "isn't just beautiful, it's almost shocking how lovely it is." But Laptop Magazine wasn't as crazy about the design, saying "we're not fans of the sharp front corners," but they did commend some aspects of it, saying "the drop hinge on this design creates an incline for typing." Sony has put a 1080p display into the Pro 13 and it made critics happy with AllThingsD calling it "bright and sharp." The impressive display is matched by good performance, and TrustedReviews says the Pro 13 is "more than capable for running everyday tasks."

Critic reviews

8.3
14 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Display
    8.6
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Expandability
    5.6
  • Noise
    5.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.7

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User reviews

8.2
11 reviews
9.0
Wired Aug 27, 2013

Until the MacBook Air gets a much-needed screen upgrade ... this svelte number from Sony is arguably the best ultralight money can buy.

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8.0
CNET Jun 21, 2013

For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jun 27, 2013

If you’re a Windows user, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 is a beautifully built laptop that offers speedy performance and good battery life compared to other Windows Ultrabooks. But in terms of overall value, you’ll get more from the MacBook Air.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 14, 2013

The Sony VAIO Pro 13 shows that you can make laptops lighter and thinner when you use a fourth-generation Intel Core processor. It's very good, though Sony really needs a grand slam to distance itself from similar rivals.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 4, 2013

The Sony VAIO Pro 13 delivers Intel Haswell power, long battery life and one of the world's fastest SSD's in the lightest 13-inch touch Ultrabook. ... Unfortunately, the bottom of the Pro 13 runs warm, and the webcam suffers from poor image quality. We also wish the front corners were less sharp.

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10
Digital Versus Aug 23, 2013

The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is an excellent Windows 8 alternative to the Apple MacBook Air 13". It's ultra-light and has a superb screen, tons of processing power, great sound quality and over 6½ hours of battery life.

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9.0
PC Pro Jun 15, 2013

Despite costing no more than even its most keenly priced competitors, the VAIO Pro 13 crams an equivalent amount of power and versatility into the very lightest Ultrabook chassis money can buy. If you travel a lot but can’t afford to sacrifice performance, we’d dust off that credit card.

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8.0
The Telegraph Jun 6, 2013

Overall, the Pro 13 is a great PC for users who value style and substance – if you need a PC there aren’t many better out there. And if you need a gorgeous laptop and can have a Mac, it gives the Air a run for its money.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 1, 2013

A top of the range ultrabook with an amazing screen and a light, portable body, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 is an excellent portable laptop. Its battery life suffers in comparison to the MacBook Air, but it's a great laptop nonetheless.

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Jun 22, 2013

If you're looking for a fast new Haswell Ultrabook that's absurdly light, super stylish and perfectly put together, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 is easy to recommend. We adore the rich and sharp display and we appreciate the backlit keyboard. Battery life for a machine this thin and light is great.

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7.0
Digital Trends Jul 25, 2013

The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is technically brilliant, yet it seems less than the sum of its parts. Professionals should still consider this laptop, as it offers many useful features and is easy to stow, but most consumers will prefer quicker, more attractive competitors.

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6.0
Expert Reviews Jul 5, 2013

It may be the lightest Ultrabooks we've ever seen and have an impressive battery life, but its thin chassis compromises performance.

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First Looks

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CNET Jun 4, 2013

The keyboard is full and comfortable, assuming you can live without a lot of key travel. The body is so thin, there's just not a lot of room for the keys to go into, but Sony does pretty well. The clickpad is big enough so that multitouch gestures are easy to perform.

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TrustedReviews Jun 6, 2013

Clever design touches, light weight and good looks make the Sony Vaio Pro 13 worth waiting for if you’re out for a practical, portable laptop. If Sony’s battery claims ring true and its battery pack accessory is priced right, this could become one of the best Ultrabooks in town.

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9.0
Templarian Templarian

It's a great machine for the month I've owned it. The PCI Express SSD means it's easier to just use the hibernate rather than the sleep mode. Read writes are hard to explain, just think really really fast compared to anything previously out there. The slice battery is useful, but might be...

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9.0
dagobert29 dagobert29

I bought this computer on a recent trip through NYC back in July. I wanted the the 512GB SSD version but it was only available online. Not sure why. Anyway, purchased the 256GB version and added a 64GB SD card, which works fine but is not my preferred option. The computer is fast and with W8,...

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9.0
gentiler gentiler

In general nice and very fact with the 8 Gb, it is a nice design and easy to carry in my many trips inside my briefcase, the problem I found is that it is too delicate and not like the old VAIO's, the key caps are falling off after one month usage, lucky that the service center will be replacing...

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9.0
wreeve wreeve

Excellent ultrabook with three key wins over the Macbook Air: 1) Windows 2) Touch screen. More useful than I had anticipated. Great for scrolling, zooming, etc. 3) 25% lighter than a Macbook Air. Makes a big difference. Main gripe is the touchpad which sucks.

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6.0
wallaby wallaby

I bought this laptop new years eve, basic 128gb, 4gb ram format and I so wanted to love it . My issues started with the 5 hours of updates from Sony, Intel and Microsoft needed to get the thing going, followed by weak WiFI, and fully charged battery only showing 5 hours life. Still I toiled...

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7.0
Ferrr Ferrr

Title: Disappointing trackpad, battery life and resolution I just bought (late dec '13) a sony vaio 13 pro, core i5, 8mb ram, 256gb. Double english-russian keyboard. I had before a Lenovo Yoga 13 1 Nice design but carbon surface far much prone to fingerprints that the "suede-like" of Yoga....

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