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70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Sony VAIO T13 review: the company's first Ultrabook targets the back-to-school set

Summary

Sony's first Ultrabook boasts a budget-friendly price and an attractive design, but it's not the highest-performing or longest-lasting system out there.

Pros
  • Attractive brushed silver designPriced to competeGood everyday performanceHighly configurable
Cons
  • Uncomfortable keyboardHeavy for an Ultrabook
Sony VAIO T13 review: the company's first Ultrabook targets the back-to-school set
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Sony announces its first Ultrabooks, the VAIO T13 and T11, for the European market

Sony's VAIO T13 Ultrabook coming to the US this month with Ivy Bridge in tow, prices start at $800

Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook hands-on (video)

Until recently, Sony's name has been conspicuously absent on the ever-growing list of Ultrabook makers. Sure, we've known about the VAIO T series since CES, when the company teased an unnamed notebook behind glass, but it didn't get its official reveal until May, when it hit the European market -- with last-generation Sandy Bridge processors. That's no way to make a splash when Ivy Bridge CPUs are now de rigueur for Ultrabooks and mainstream laptops alike.

Luckily, Sony got things right on the US side, releasing the 13-inch VAIO T13 with Ivy Bridge processors in tow. Other than those new chips, the Ultrabook features identical specs to the European model, not to mention the same brushed silver aluminum design. And while the brand is in for a serious game of catchup as it enters an already-crowded market, its VAIO T is priced to compete at $770. Let's welcome Sony to the Ultrabook game by giving the T13 the full review treatment.

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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Display
6.4
Durability
7.3
Battery life
7.2
Portability (size / weight)
5.8
Design and form factor
7.8
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Specs

VAIO

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

VAIO

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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