SONY VAIO PRO 13
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