At just 2.34 lbs. the carbon fiber Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook offers exceptional performance, a FULL HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with 10 point touchscreen, all day mobility in a sleek design. Get even longer battery life with the optional extended sheet battery. Equipped with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, card and 8GB of memory and with a high speed PCIe solid state drive the VAIO Pro is an ideal solution for your mobile computing needs.
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I must say, I am impressed. I also purchased the Duo 11 back in Nov with pretty much the same specs: 256GB SSD, 8GB Ram, I7 3rd gen, Win 8 Pro, TPM, etc... Don't get me wrong, the Duo 11 is also great for what it is, but I wanted something with more of a clam shell design. I had a nerdgasm the moment I pulled the Pro 13 out of the box. Although the Pro 13 has a larger screen than the Duo 11, it's thinner and the weight is more evenly distributed which makes it feel much, much lighter than the...View full Review
I must say, I am impressed. I also purchased the Duo 11 back in Nov with pretty much the same specs: 256GB SSD, 8GB Ram, I7 3rd gen, Win 8 Pro, TPM, etc... Don't get me wrong, the Duo 11 is also great for what it is, but I wanted something with more of a clam shell design. I had a nerdgasm the moment I pulled the Pro 13 out of the box. Although the Pro 13 has a larger screen than the Duo 11, it's thinner and the weight is more evenly distributed which makes it feel much, much lighter than the Duo 11. Then I turned it on... I didn't think there would be much difference between the 4th gen I7 and the PCIe SSD on the Pro 13... I was wrong!! The Pro 13 is super quick and responsive. When I first set it up, there were 40 Window updates including the initial setup process. I also installed McAfee (including running virus scan), Itunes, Icloud Manager, Office 2013 Professional Pro Plus (not pre-installed, already had license prior to purchase and removed home & student trial before installing), Steam (for Civ5), set up file history, maintenance schedules, Vaio update, ran Vaio care, and set up Bitlocker... all in under 4 hours. The only issue I had, which wasn't even really that bad, was the bottom of the unit (towards the rear center) did heat up a bit when I was doing all this. However, when just surfing internet, e-mails, watching videos, using word/excel, etc... the unit stays very cool to the touch. The above updates/installs were all done with power plugged in, so I did not truly test battery life while over-tasking the unit. However, I did unplug afterwards while I casually surfed, read e-mails, and watched a few youtube/netflix videos etc... after about 2 hours, I still had 5 hours and 47 mins of battery life left according to the meter (I did purchase the battery sheet which states it doubles battery life, but I haven't received it yet. This was just on the internal battery alone). I just received this yesterday afternoon, so I will need more time to truly determine, but based on first impressions... it does appear the I7 4th gen Haswell processor and low voltage RAM make a real difference in saving battery life. The display is really nice and the touchscreen is accurate and responsive. Then again, I would expect nothing less from Sony. I did not play long, but I did start up Civ5 with max settings, and it looked fantastic. I doubt I will be playing anything intensive on this device, but it will definitely suffice as far as productivity and light gaming. I did not experience the same touchpad issues mentioned in previous review. There are some slight adjustments getting use to it. I found sometimes it just took learning exactly where to touch it for it to react properly. However, I have not yet had a chance to check out the support link the Sony Rep mentioned, so I plan to check it out to see if it adds any further responsiveness. So far, I am really impressed with the Pro 13. Enough so, that I actually posted a review (which I rarely do). If the unit maintains the integrity it has so far, which Sony products normally do, then I will have to say Sony got it right on this one!!
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Amazing hardware with a fatal flaw
Amazing, beautiful, and well spec'd. One fatal flaw: The track pad. Reviews had alluded to there being issues with the trackpad, but it's bad... very bad. I disabled 'tap click' preferring the physical click. The trackpad sticks frequently. When it's not sticking, it doesn't register most clicks. Don't buy it until the trackpad issues are fixed. My unit may be a defect, but if the reviewers were having issues one has to wonder... My heart is broken. My last sony had track pad issues too. :(
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Its an awesome laptop. Great speed and high screen quality. Its the perfect weight and very reliable. Its great for multimedia and entertainment purposes but it also gets a lot of other work done. The design is beautiful and comfortable to type. I am highly satisfied with this laptop.
Fantastic computer. Fast. Ultralight. Peripheral friendly. I have several macbook air computers and a number of fast gaming computers. This laptop is as good as any of them. However, the Windows 8 redesign is terrible. It is impossible to find things since the start button is gone. A download can cure this but then the touchscreen is not available. The touchpad cannot be permanently disabled - this makes typing just about impossible. It is necessary to disable the touchpad for each startup. why there is no feature to permanently disable the touchpad is a key design problem.
Concerning looks, this laptop is fancy and high-class, but the structure is solid and ergonomic. The key lighting is perfect and doesn't distort the printing on them. The touch screen system works fine, and the HD monitor is fantastic. However, you'll have to view it at the proper angle to get the colors perfect. With 12GB of RAM and a hybrid drive, this computer boots around 3 seconds, which includes the resource intensive firewall and antivirius software I have installed. All the programs load fast and there's generally no problem. Windows 8 is kind of lame though.
Overall this is a good buy. One of the BEST features is how the fans vent up towards the screen. This is truly amazing as it blows in a direction that will never get annoying. My only real complaint is that windows 8 has some glitches. Otherwise, Sony did a fantastic job with the physical appearance and software they include. Performance is great!
This laptop is really light and really great looking. Unfortunately, for the price I paid, I expected a nice leather case that should have come with the laptop instead of having to shell out an extra $50 dollars for one. Laptop works well except for the mouse pad which is too sensitive as I constantly accidentally brush it and it causes me to jump around places when I am typing which is annoying. Battery for the core i7 seems to drain pretty fast too.
I have two computers for personal use. One is a workhorse desktop and the other is for traveling. I purchased this Sony Ultrabook to replace my aging travel computer. I was particularly interested in the Intel 4th gen chipset and a large solid state drive. Weight and battery life are also very important to me. The Sony fit my specs perfectly and I am delighted with it.
If I would not be going for 2.5 months trip I would return it. I scrambled getting auxiliary microphone/cam before the trip. It supposed to get fixed after I return from EU but it includes replacing the mother board so 2 days of my life will be spent to load all of the software. I called twice online support, first experience was unacceptable, the second one, was OK and in English.
Aspiring engineer and incoming college freshman speaking. I originally looked into getting a laptop that would just meet my basic needs, (and eventually be able to handle programs such as autocad and the like) but instead fell in love with this higher quality choice. Everything runs quickly and smoothly; I've had no problems with lag or delay. I didn't anticipate playing pc games of any kinds; however, since I had opted for the 2 gigs of dedicated nvidia graphics, I decided to run a few high-resolution games, such as rollercoaster tycoon 3 platinum(nothing too serious), as well as professional-grade multi-function music recording and processing softwares. Everything has been quick and responsive thus far. What's more, this laptop is beatiful, it is STUNNING. I cannot stress enough that the pictures online do not do the visual aspect of this computer justice. It's sleek, thin design gives it an edgy, modern look that is sure to please. The keyboard is ergonomic and quiet, with just the right amount of "click", and the back-lit keys look perfect, never too dim or too bright. If you're looking for a quality laptop for a great value, (despite the moderately high price) I would definitely recommend this laptop.
This could be an incredible computer if not for a faulty wireless and poorly designed touchpad. When slightly tipped against your stomach or lap the compression on the computers body causes the touchpad not to depress. I live in a hotel because of a fire. I have two other computers that both receive 27 signals. The Sony could barely pickup 2 hotel signals. Even when taken near the signal source, it took 5 1/2 hours to load the update files. Most of these uploads should already have been done by Sony. Using Sony tools, the computer demonstrated many problems. Sony wanted to sell premium tools to fix the problems for $9+ for each tool by category for 1 years use.
since the first moment (3 days ago) I have been experiencing random overheating and extremely noisy fan, and random restarting of windows 8, sometimes even with blue screens (that I believe is due to overheating). I have only installed Chrome and been browsing internet, doing nothing that should cause overheating in my opinion. I couldn't find any advice, could it be related to the problem with wifi that some users have reported? This is a serious problem for me, and if not resolved, I would unfortunately have to return the laptop.