Sony VAIO Pro 13
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The VAIO Pro 13 trades some performance for looks; but this Ultrabook is so beautiful, you won’t care
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I have had this laptop for a year now, and it is one of the worst laptops I have ever owned
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Sony VAIO Pro 13
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- 82AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE14 ReviewsPC World90Sony VAIO Pro 13 review: This audacious UltrabookThe VAIO Pro 13 trades some performance for looks; but this Ultrabook is so beautiful, you won’t care.Wired90Sony Vaio Pro 13Almost Perfect UltrabookUntil the MacBook Air gets a much-needed screen upgrade ... this svelte number from Sony is arguably the best ultralight money can buy.PC Mag80Sony VAIO Pro 13The 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.AllThingsD80Sonyâ€™s Vaio Pro 13 Takes on MacBook Air, and MosIf 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.CNET80Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch review: So light. So small.For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it.CNET0Sony tries to catch Air with Vaio Pro 13The 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.Laptop Magazine70Sony VAIO Pro 13 (SVP1321BPXB) ReviewThe 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.Pocket-Lint100Sony Vaio Pro reviewWhat more can we say, but this is now the best Windows 8 laptop we've used.Digital Versus100Sony Vaio Pro 13The 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.PC Pro90Sony VAIO Pro 13 reviewDespite 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.The Telegraph80Sony Vaio Pro 13 reviewOverall, 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.Digital Trends70SONY VAIO PRO 13 REVIEWThe 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.Expert Reviews60Sony VAIO Pro 13 reviewIt may be the lightest Ultrabooks we've ever seen and have an impressive battery life, but its thin chassis compromises performance.TrustedReviews80Sony Vaio Pro 13 reviewA 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.Mobile Tech Review80Sony Vaio Pro 13If 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.TrustedReviews0Sony Vaio Pro 13Clever 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.
- 78AVERAGE USER SCORE12 ReviewsEngadget Reader30February 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have had this laptop for a year now, and it is one of the worst laptops I have ever owned. Spec wise, sure it is great. However, this is the loudest laptop on the market. My classmates constantly make comments that it sounds like a rocket ship. Granted it is very portable, but I do not think it is built to last. Now if I move it when it is running, the fan will go haywire and start vibrating the entire laptop. I do not think it will last another six months and for a $2000 piece of equipment that is unacceptable. Do not buy!Engadget Reader90July 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Excellent ultrabook with three key wins over the Macbook Air:1) Windows2) 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.Engadget Reader90June 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 the whole keyboard, hope that this time lasts more than a month cause for USD 1150 is not that cheapEngadget Reader100February 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader70January 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Title: Disappointing trackpad, battery life and resolutionI 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 1Nice design but carbon surface far much prone to fingerprints that the "suede-like" of Yoga.Sony's screen props up when you open it, for good visibility. It's very light (500g lighter than my Yoga1, even if, strangely, you don't feel it). Charger: Very good. Light, It has a USB plug for charging other devices, and a wireless router.The surface is very flexy and feels much less solid than the YogaOverall it looks good and modern. No major complaint on design.Keyboard: Yoga is way much better. Feels 100x more solid, and is far more responsive. Vaio is ok, but keys are flatter and smaller, and writing on Yoga is a delight. Vaio is just OK. But it has light, Yoga1 hasn't.Touchpad: Bad. It responds when it wants, it stops responding in the middle of the action. You can alleviate your trackpad frustration using the touchscreen, very good and responsive.Display: Good. But I have compared side to side with my Yoga1's and I prefer the latter. And with the higher res of vaio everything looks smaller: outlook is a pain. Honestly, a res of 1600 x 900 as i had on Yoga is perfect on a 13' screen. More than that, it' s useless, as it doesn't improves display significantly and it makes items on your screen too small Of course you can use zoom, but then you go to horrible definition. and, stupidly, sony's doesn't permit to adjust res, just gives two other levels, too lower.Performance.: Excellent.Heat/noise. No issues. I don't feel what others say. I only heard the fan when dealing with a lot of high-res pics opened at the same time and still wasn't high at all.Battery life. Disappointing according to expectations. Without cable, at full luminosity, just opening outlook, word, excel and some windows in chrome, and being connected to my office's network through wifi, it lasted 5h30. I tried several times. For arriving to sony's specs, you have to sensibly reduce luminosity, and it's very uncomfortable.Software: my russian unit came without significant bloatware.Overall: nice, powerful and light but less usable than my yogaEngadget Reader60January 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 on removing the bloatware, customising the home screen and updating to windows 8.1. The first day was heaven after that, beautiful screen, great design. Ignoring the rather noisy fan I pushed on.On day 2 the plastic triangles on the base that act as a stand started to come loose - really on a product of this calibre I was irked, then the other annoyances caused even more doubt about living with this thing - the battery (would I need to shell out a couple of hundred on the slate battery), the fan, windows 8.1 - would I be replacing it in 6 months due to frustration - probably.Back to the shop it went and my new Macbook Pro Retina is amazing - 2 hours to update, it works just how it should, it's solid and whilst I can't say I'm loving it's form as much as the Vaio, I know it will work and work and work for the next 3 - 4 years!! Oh and the battery with 40% gone is still showing 7.00 hours remaining!!! (50% brightness, wifi on, web browsing, email and word-processing).Engadget Reader90January 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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, boots up in less than 20 seconds from the time I press the power button to the screen comes on. Impressive. Not sure if this is because of W8 or if its a combination but I love it.The keyboard is responsive but I agree with past comments that there is a lot of movement when you type. It's not a issue but you do feel the keyboard compress.The number of ports is fine and the lack of an optical drive is not an issue for me. This cuts down on weight.My main complaint is that some things are slightly quirky. For instance, when it wakes up from being idle, sometimes the wireless connection no longer works and I have to reboot. I've reinstalled the drivers several times but this problem persists. This started with the upgrade to 8.1, so it may not be a Vaio issue.I like the multi-touch track pad but it can be unresponsive at times when I double-tap.Overall, I love the computer and I'm very happy with my purchase.Engadget Reader70December 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall an alright Ultrabook which is let down by the hinge, battery life, and woeful touch-pad.Engadget Reader100November 4, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetDrew70August 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 overkill if you only need 6 hours. I don't even use mine. It will be a nice to have later on when the internal starts to go down with age. The 256GB SSD is nice, the jump to 512 is overpriced to say the least.Engadget Reader70July 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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