Conclusion: The VAIO S 13” model in some sense tries to be all jack of all trades. You’ve got the lower end sub $800 models that are pretty bare and then the higher end models that go north of $2,000. If you’re going for the base and have $800 to spend, the S13 doesn’t hold up against the competition from a cost perspective. The higher end models are so expensive, few are likely to deem them worthy. I think where the VAIO S 13 is going shine is in the middle.
Pros: Attractive Design, Nice Screen, Durable Build, Color Options, Auto Keyboard Backlight
Cons: Noisy Fan, So-so Battery Life, Not Easy to Swap Battery, Can Be Expensive on Higher Configurations, Questionable Software
Excerpt: The refreshed VAIO S 13 is the first laptop we've seen from Sony with the new mobile Ivy Bridge Core i5-3210M processor. Running at 2.5GHz and with Turbo Boost available in reserve, it doesn’t produce a significant performance improvement over the older Sandy Bridge architecture but an overall score of 53 in our multimedia benchmarks proves it’s still good enough to handle all your everyday applications.