Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook M.2 Native PCIe SSD Review – 1GB/s Performance Fastest Ultra Speed To Date
19 October 2013
Conclusion: Perhaps the most obvious observation of this Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultra is that, even with its installed OS configuration and bloatware, the speed of the M.2 SSD is identical to that expected of a brand new FOB (fresh out of box) XP941 A closer look at the system identifies that there are actually 18 hours of use and a ‘Start-Up Count’ of 65 times on the SSD. Even with this use, performance is still at par with that of a new SSD.
Conclusion: What makes for a good laptop is going to be a somewhat subjective discussion. Some users want high performance, others want the ability to play games, and some want excellent mobility – meaning, good battery life and low weight. The Sony VAIO Pro 13 falls firmly in that last category, with some of the best battery life results we've ever seen – especially for a Windows laptop.
Excerpt: A 1KG Ultrabook is an engineering feat. The Toshiba Z830, at 1.1KG still surprises 2 years after launch. Since then though we haven’t seen many attempt to break the 2.2 pound mark. Only the NEC LaVie Z , an expensive Asia-only model, and the almost unknown Inhon Blade Carbon have launched in the 13.3” bracket. The Sony VAIO Pro 13 is a far more globally available product though.
Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook Review – Pre-Configured SATA PCIe SSD Far From Ideal
2 October 2013
Conclusion: There are things that we absolutely love about the Sony VAIO Pro 13 and that includes its light and durable carbon fiber construction, resulting in the worlds lightest 13″ ultra at just over 2lbs, and the fact that Sony went all out with an IPS 1920×1080 Touchscreen. We were the first to say that we had considered one of these systems for a test bench and, if our configuration had included a native PCIe SSD, that just may have been a great purchase.
Summary: The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is available at an MRP of Rs. 74,990 which may feel steep for a Core i5 system, but we feel it’s a decent price point considering what is on offer: fast performance, great battery life, light weight, responsive keyboard and touchscreen. Sure we would have loved a larger capacity SSD and a less noisy fan when all cores kick in, but the advantages easily overpower these minor niggles.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Very light and thin. Speedy performance from SSD. Bright and clear Full HD resolution IPS 10-point touch screen. Full size HDMI. NFC support.
Cons: Could use more SSD storage. Some keyboard flex. Insistent fan. Back edge of lid can dig into your legs. Very good, but not great, battery life.
Summary: Red Baron. After the Pro 11 we have a closer look at the 13-inch Red Edition. How much polish can an elitist business notebook handle? How much performance can the just 10 mm thin base unit keep cool? Our review gives the answers.
Pros: Bright Full HD IPS display with high contrast, Color accuracy, Backlit keyboard, Very low weight, Battery runtimes, Normal sized HDMI port, Fast SSD, Accessories and TPM, Battery slice port, The bright IPS display with its high color accuracy. The good runtimes and the energy-saving features of the new i7 processor. The slice battery is a useful accessory.
Cons: Average stability of the base unit, Wobbly display hinges, Greasy glossy finish, Flexible keyboard, Low quality webcam, Reduced CPU/GPU performance, A docking port to improve the handling on the desk and perhaps with additional cooling. Uncomfortable touch operation due to the bouncing display.
Conclusion: The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is emblematic of Sony’s new approach to product design. By using technologies from multiple divisions, and focusing on technical excellence, the company has crafted an Ultrabook that’s extremely thin and light, yet also offers excellent display quality and strong battery life. This is paid for by performance, but the figures we received are still adequate; we’d like to see more, but the Pro 13 never felt slow during tests.
Pros: Thinnest, lightest 13-inch Ultrabook available, Good keyboard, Beautiful 1080p display, Great battery life
Cons: Feels less expensive than it is, Limited connectivity, Frustrating touchpad, So-so processor performance