Sony VAIO Pro 13

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Reviewed by Ferrr (Currently owns)


I just bought (late dec '13) a sony vaio 13 pro, core i5, 8mb ram, 256gb. Double english-russian keyboard.
I had before a Lenovo Yoga 13 1

Nice design but carbon surface far much prone to fingerprints that the "suede-like" of Yoga.
Sony's screen props up when you open it, for good visibility. It's very light (500g lighter than my Yoga1, even if, strangely, you don't feel it). Charger: Very good. Light, It has a USB plug for charging other devices, and a wireless router.
The surface is very flexy and feels much less solid than the Yoga
Overall it looks good and modern. No major complaint on design.

Keyboard: Yoga is way much better. Feels 100x more solid, and is far more responsive. Vaio is ok, but keys are flatter and smaller, and writing on Yoga is a delight. Vaio is just OK. But it has light, Yoga1 hasn't.

Touchpad: Bad. It responds when it wants, it stops responding in the middle of the action. You can alleviate your trackpad frustration using the touchscreen, very good and responsive.

Display: Good. But I have compared side to side with my Yoga1's and I prefer the latter. And with the higher res of vaio everything looks smaller: outlook is a pain. Honestly, a res of 1600 x 900 as i had on Yoga is perfect on a 13' screen. More than that, it' s useless, as it doesn't improves display significantly and it makes items on your screen too small Of course you can use zoom, but then you go to horrible definition. and, stupidly, sony's doesn't permit to adjust res, just gives two other levels, too lower.

Performance.: Excellent.

Heat/noise. No issues. I don't feel what others say. I only heard the fan when dealing with a lot of high-res pics opened at the same time and still wasn't high at all.

Battery life. Disappointing according to expectations. Without cable, at full luminosity, just opening outlook, word, excel and some windows in chrome, and being connected to my office's network through wifi, it lasted 5h30. I tried several times. For arriving to sony's specs, you have to sensibly reduce luminosity, and it's very uncomfortable.

Software: my russian unit came without significant bloatware.

Overall: nice, powerful and light but less usable than my yoga

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  • Software 8
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