Sony Vaio T13 review – a stylish and affordable ultrabook
20 August 2012
Summary: The Sony Vaio T13 is a budget ultrabook, but an overall nice, solid and fast machine. It does have its downsides of course, as corners are cut in order to meet the low price, although I don't find any of them true deal-breakers.
Pros: nice design, feels overall solid, several hardware configs available, runs cool, the battery, memory and hard-drive are easily accessible, good price
Cons: a bit heavy, mushy keyboard, noisy when pushed, sub-par battery life, poor screen, poor performances on this tested unit
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Full-size HDMI port. Decent price. Large hard drive. 32GB SSD is larger than rivals. Aluminum and Magnesium construction. 7 hour battery life.
Cons: Only 30-day subscription to Internet Security. A few bloatware icons on desktop. Slower than systems with non-hybrid SSD. Heavier than rivals. No keyboard backlight. Fan is a little obtrusive.
Summary: Seeing as the Sony Vaio T13 Touch is the first Windows 8 computer we’ve had our hands on to review, it’s hard not to critique both the glossy new hardware and the colourful new operating system in this feature.
Summary: The SVT1311M1E is available to pre-order on Sony's website but will go on sale in John Lewis, PC World and other high street shops in early June. If you'd prefer something smaller and lighter, the T11 starts at Â£629 for the SVT1111C5E model which weighs 1.4kg. In the UK, the T11 will only be available via Sony's configure-to-order website. It's also possible to configure the T13 to your own requirements - it costs Â£50 to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, for example.
Summary: If you're looking for a well-designed and fast Ultrabook without breaking the bank, the $799 Sony VAIO T13 belongs on your short list. Sony also deserves credit for designing a clickpad that works well and offering support at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, this notebook's screen has narrow viewing angles and the 5-hour battery life is below average.
Pros: Sleek modern design, Solid performance and graphics, Accurate touchpad, Fast boot and wake from sleep times,
Cons: Shorter battery life than other Ultrabooks, Reflective display, Keyboard not backlit,
Excerpt: Sony’s Vaio T13 doesn’t turn into a tablet or do anything particularly exciting – it is, in effect, simply an updated version of last year's T13 ultrabook with a touchscreen bolted on. However, it provides good performance and a lightweight, portable design at a competitive price. See all laptop reviews .
Summary: If you like the idea of having a touch screen on your Windows 8 laptop, the Sony Vaio T13 Touch isn't a bad way to go.
Pros: The Sony Vaio T13 Touch gives you the convenience of a full-size keyboard and touch pad with a responsive touch screen for experiencing the Windows 8-style interface. It has very good performance for its class and excellent battery life.
Cons: The T13 Touch doesn't have a backlit keyboard and it's on the heavy side (if you consider 4 pounds heavy). The screen doesn't go fully flat and its hinges aren't stiff enough to handle writing or drawing well.