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The company's first Ultrabook targets the back-to-school set

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A budget-friendly Ultrabook is almost an oxymoron. Usually, the thinner the laptop, the higher the price. Solid-state drives and nice-to-have extras like backlit keyboards and high-res displays don't come cheap, either. For an Intel-approved system that keeps the price well south of one grand, the VAIO T13 is a respectable specimen. Though it's hardly the thinnest Ultrabook, it has a sturdy, attractive design, and it packs enough processing power to see you through word processing, web surfing and casual gaming.

What might hold you back, though, is that flat keyboard. Shallow keys and some uncomfortably wide spacing add up to an unpleasant typing experience, so we'd recommend giving the laptop a test run in the store before making a commitment. In any case, Sony now has a horse in the Ultrabook race, and we have a feeling there will be more to come.

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Engadget Jul 10, 2012

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.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 4, 2012

A fast, attractive productivity partner and the best value we've seen in the ultrabook segment so far.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 4, 2012

Sony's first Ultrabook, the VAIO T13, offers an elegant design and fast third-generation Core i5 performance, but the battery life could be better.

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7.0
PC World Jun 4, 2012

The Sony VAIO T13 delivers most of what you expect from an Ultrabook with some popular consumer features at a surprisingly affordable price.

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AllThingsD Jul 19, 2012

For those on a budget, the Sony Vaio T13 is certainly worth a consideration. It’s fast and offers a good amount storage. But if possible, I’d definitely recommend going into a store and trying out the keyboard to see if it’s to your liking.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 11, 2012

The all-metal Sony VAIO T13 (SVT13114GXS) ultrabook seeks the perfect mix of design, functionality, and performance, and mostly succeeds. However, similarly priced rivals shine just a bit brighter on features and performance.

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T3 Jul 11, 2012

In fact, if all you’re looking for is a slimline machine to take out and about with you, to keep up with your social networks, listen to some music or catch up with the BBC iPlayer then the Sony Vaio T13 could be perfect.

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8.0
TrustedReviews May 18, 2012

If you’re after the most affordable big-brand Ultrabook you can get, the base configuration of the Sony VAIO T13 is the undisputed winner right now. It’s a well-built machine with only weight as its major downside.

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TechRadar Jul 10, 2012

At £679/$769.99, it only really has two rivals: the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus and the Acer Aspire S3. And while it can't quite match that duo for speed and performance, its build and design blows them out of the water.

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PC Pro Jun 15, 2012

Screen quality remains disappointing, as it is with all the other low-end Ultrabooks, but if you’re craving a thin-and-light laptop on the cheap, the Sony VAIO T13 is the best of the current crop.

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Expert Reviews Jun 10, 2012

As one of the cheapest Ultrabooks around, the T13 looks like great value. It might lack the power of a similarly priced 15in model, but if portability is a real concern you get plenty for your money here.

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mo7ammed mo7ammed

Maybe the only drawback is the display brightness and contrast. It would also be better if the keyboard was backlit.

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