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.
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.
The ultra slim VAIO Pro 13 is quite the looker, but its cost is a burden.
22 August 2013
Excerpt: I had a similar conversation in my head when I first saw the Sony VAIO Pro 13 (MSRP $1249.99) at a local electronics shop, which either means I'm crazy or that Sony's latest ultrabook impressed me with its appearance. Let's hope it's the latter.
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
Sony’s Vaio Pro 13 Takes on MacBook Air, and Mostly Delivers
All Things Digital
27 June 2013
Excerpt: When it comes to laptop-buying advice, Apple’s MacBook Air is a pretty easy recommendation. It’s lightweight, fast and has solid battery life. But it’s not without faults, and not everyone wants an Apple computer. Over the past year, Windows PC makers have been working to bring similar design and performance to their own laptops called Ultrabooks, and this week I’ve been testing a new competitor from Sony, called the Vaio Pro 13 .
Conclusion: Granted the Sony Vaio Pro 13 is the first Windows Haswell Ultrabook to hit the market and its only Haswell ultraportable competition is the mid-2013 MacBook Air. I have a feeling that even under competition, the Vaio Pro will hold up well. We know about several other Windows 8 touch screen Haswell Ultrabooks already since Acer, Dell and Lenovo have announced some models that are basically the same as their outgoing Ivy Bridge counterparts except the updated CPU/GPU.
Pros: Incredibly light at 2.3 lbs. quality build and stunning design, latest Intel Haswell CPUs, excellent full HD IPS display.
Cons: Inherent flex in carbon fiber and aluminum design is disconcerting to some.
Sony Vaio Pro 13 review – great Haswell business ultrabook
10 June 2013
Summary: The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is an awesome ultrabook, with an angular design and a 2.4 lbs light body. Powered by an Intel Haswell platform, sporting a touchscreen and a very good keyboard, the Pro 13 is definitely something to look at these days. If only it were a bit sturdier...
Pros: looks awesome and unique, weigh only 2.4 pounds, sports a very good touchcreen and a comfortable keyboard; snappy everyday performances; long battery life; loud and clear sound system
Cons: too flexible, pointy corners, annoying glass on top of the screen, not the best trackpad, can get noisy when pushed