STYLE, POWER, VALUE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

In the past cou­ple of months we no­ticed a trend among the nor­mally ex­tra-slim Ul­tra­books to add some weight. Now, they seem to be shed­ding some of that ex­tra price they had ac­cu­mu­lated over the last year. The Sony Vaio T se­ries comes across as a very af­ford­able Ul­tra­book op­tion, with­out be­ing a shade fat­ter than it should be.

To be­gin with, the T se­ries 11-inch model we tested is an over­dose of alu­minium, in a very good way. But it is not as sleek as the MacBook Air, and cer­tainly lacks that matte fin­ish. Plus, there is a shiny chrome fen­der on the hinge, which has a slight lookat-me kind of ar­ro­gance. The one place you get the matte feel is the track­pad, and it is one of the best I’ve used in a while. The key­board is good too, and not at all cramped for space, con­sid­er­ing this is an 11incher.

The screen size is the same as on the Air, but this one looks smaller be­cause the bezel on the top is a bit too deep. It also adds a retro feel. The dis­play is clear and has bet­ter view­ing an­gles than most de­vices in this price range. But it has a res­o­lu­tion of just 1366x768p, and that is all you have paid for. The sound is good, though we have heard bet­ter. There are the usual As­sist, Web and Vaio but­tons above the key­board and very dif­fer­ent LED power switch at the right edge. This de­vice too comes with the Vaio desk­top dock we have come like over the years.

An­other good thing is that this Ul­tra­book comes with the 3rd gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core pro­ces­sor, and that too an i5-3317U 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz. We recorded a PCMark 7 score of 3285 which is good by bud­get Ul­tra­book stan­dards. Most test tasks were per­formed with­out any trou­ble. It also has the quick­est wakeup from sleep that we have seen in Ul­tra­books so far and that is a combo of the hy­brid stor­age drive and the pro­ces­sor at work. The full start took 18 sec­onds and that too is a record of sorts.

Also, this is an­other Vaio de­vice to fea­ture cam­era-based ges­ture con­trols, which work well when you are flip­ping through pic­tures. The T Se­ries is also among the few Ul­tra­books to fea­ture a VGA port. It has USB charg­ing, though there are just two ports to do it on. If you are look­ing for an Ul­tra­book, then this is with­out doubt among the best op­tions out there con­sid­er­ing this comes well within In­tel’s $1,000 stan­dard.

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