SONY VAIO PRO 13

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Sony has a his­tory of build­ing pre­mium ul­tra por­ta­ble note­books – long be­fore Ul­tra­books first ar­rived on the scene. The Vaio Pro 13 is the lat­est ad­di­tion to that fam­ily, and boasts a To­ray carbon fiber chas­sis, giv­ing it both dura­bil­ity and an in­cred­i­bly light­weight build. In fact, it’s by far the light­est Ul­tra­book in our shootout at just 1.06kg.

The Vaio Pro 13 sports a sleek, ex­ec­u­tive-look­ing aes­thetic with a black painted carbon fiber lid and base. On the in­side, a strip of black, brushed alu­minum cov­ers the wrist rest and of­fers a smooth, if some­what cold sur­face to rest your hands.

Un­for­tu­nately, the key­board well is plas­tic and, as a re­sult, there’s a fair bit of flex ev­i­dent. The key­board it­self is also quite shal­low, and the keys are a bit wob­bly. And while the click­pad is large, with a firm, sat­is­fy­ing click, it’s made with plas­tic rather than glass (like on many other pre­mium Ul­tra­books), which isn’t as smooth, and doesn’t look or feel as nice. Like the Acer As­pire S7, the Vaio Pro 13 is fit­ted with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 res­o­lu­tion touch­screen dis­play. Viewed by it­self, the dis­play is fine, with plenty of screen bright­ness, good view­ing an­gles and suf­fi­cient clar­ity. How­ever, if you put the Vaio Pro 13 next to the higher res­o­lu­tion dis­plays of HP’s Spec­tre 13, ASUS’ Zen­book UX301 or Len­ovo’s Yoga 2 Pro and scru­ti­nize each one, it starts look­ing a bit shabby in com­par­i­son. Still, this should be good enough for most users.

As ex­pected for a Sony Vaio note­book, the Vaio 13 Pro is quite pricey, with the i7 model re­tail­ing for $2,499 and the i5 (with 128GB SSD) vari­ant avail­able for $1,999. Sur­pris­ingly, both mod­els only come with 4GB RAM.

“THE SONY VAIO PRO 13 BOASTS A TO­RAY CARBON FIBER CHAS­SIS, GIV­ING IT BOTH DURA­BIL­ITY

AND AN IN­CRED­I­BLY LIGHT­WEIGHT

BUILD.”

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