Stylish But Ex­pen­sive

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

ony’s lat­est of­fer­ing in the Vaio fam­ily – Flip 13 – is a good look­ing, sleek lap­top that can be con­verted into a tablet. Boast­ing a brushed metal fin­ish, the Flip 13 has a 13-inch Tri­lu­mi­nous Dis­play with 1080p res­o­lu­tion. The dis­play looks thick as that mech­a­nism turns it into a tablet. For graph­ics, the In­tel HD 4400 GPU has been in­te­grated into the CPU it­self. It man­aged to start quickly and run apps, too. There is a lock-re­lease slider above the keys that is used to con­vert the de­vice into a tablet. Un­like other con­vert­ibles, where the screen turns 360 de­gree and the key­board is ex­posed to dam­ages, the key­board is pro­tected here. Be it read­ing or watch­ing videos, the Full HD dis­play is bright and crisp but it isn’t the same from steep view­ing an­gles. The touch re­sponse is aver­age and the back­lit key­board is con­ve­nient to type.

Sony seems to have taken cues from Ap­ple’s Mac­Book Pro but has failed mis­er­ably. The mag­netic port doesn’t at­tract the charger eas­ily and one has to strug­gle to con­nect the charger. Full HD video play­back was smooth and the sound out­put was just about aver­age. The ma­chine packs in a de­cent bat­tery that lasted close to five hours.

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