Sony VAIO Pro 13

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Reviewed by sheharyar_h (Currently owns)

Let me first state what I love about this laptop. The carbon fibre design is very appealing to the eye. The screen is a brilliant full HD. The weight is stunningly low and the machine is fantastically quiet. Battery life is very impressive, and the optional sheet battery boosts this to stupidly high levels should you require it.. Some people complain about the flex of the chassis. Personally, I have not felt this enough to complain about it. I do not have the touch version so I can imagine the screen's lightness causing issues there, but otherwise, it feels solid. And even if it isn't as solid as other laptops, this to me is a fair trade off for the lightness, especially considering flex can protect from shock impacts.

Things I like a little less, next. The keys on the keyboard are actually very usable despite what some say, although they are slightly flat. But still, very comfortable on my 13 inch model. The trackpad is certainly not at the Mac standard; it takes getting used to when using gestures, and you will learn that certain areas of the pad are more responsive to certain things. I have gotten used to this, but it will rightfully annoy some, because Apple, the industry leader in trackpads, has a clearly superior one. Still, it is not cripplingly bad, only typical to windows laptops.

Then, what I really don't like. Wifi. The wifi on the Vaio Pro is not good, and I stress that this is a point not emphasised enough in online reviews, for some strange reason. The Verge I commend for at least touching upon it. Simply put, the range at which the Vaio Pro can connect to wifi is poor compared to other laptops and devices. After 4-5 metres, you will probably drop connection, which is pathetic. Look online and you will find that many users have this problem, and patches/updates are slowly being eked out to fix it, but at this stage I wonder if it is hardware or software. Pray for it to be the latter, because it would be a massive letdown on Sony's behalf otherwise. Wifi to ultrabooks like this is essential because there is not even an ethernet port available, and so poor wifi connection can make your ultrabook a paperweight. In fact, because of how light it is, it won't even be a paperweight very well.

To summarise, this machine to me would be almost perfect if the wifi problem fixes, because it is superb in mostly every other way. But an error with wifi is incredibly disappointing. My suggestion to anyone considering buying this is to wait and keep up to date with the wifi problem. If a fix is made,then suddenly you have a very capable, ultra stylish laptop at last for windows, enough to boost the score from a 6 to a 9 for me. But until then, look elsewhere.

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  • Design 9
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  • Performance 8
  • Heat / noise 9
  • Battery life 8
  • Software 7
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