It's a Sony - but there is no Wow.</p><p>The screen is dire.
18 December 2013
Summary: Sony had the opportunity to make a world beating product but have under-achieved - simply by shaving the quality off where the customer expects it - especially the screen. It is hard to understand how the screen which is such a poor piece of kit could even get into a Sony Vaio design (especially when alternative screens like Apple's Retina were around). Nothing about this product has done more than I expected - but it has done quite a lot less.
Pros: Portable, light, solid with touchscreen. Can have I7 CPU + 8GB memory. Intel graphics OK. SSD/hark disk quick. Build quality good. Battery life adequate. HDMI & SD sockets good. Sony software support OK. Gigabit Ethernet is fast. Battery replaceable.
Cons: The 13.3" screen is frankly ghastly. Reflective; colour balance awful and sensitive to screen viewing angle. It has 2 USB sockets - one USB2 one USB3. Why not make both USB3? No SPDIF output. Keyboard not backlit. Uses 2.4GHz wifi only.