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Even though it has the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, two USB 3.0 ports, and the option to double its RAM to 8GB and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

Description

The Sony VAIO T Series of laptops are ultraportable notebooks with an aluminum and magnesium construction with a choice of an 11.6- or 13.3-inch display. It utilizes Intel's ULV Core i3 Sandy Bridge processors paired to 4GB of RAM and configurations including SSD and hybrid SSD + HDD options.

The HP Envy Spectre XT is a 3.07-pound notebook with a 13.3-inch screen and is powered by an Ivy Bridge processor. Standard on all Spectres is an SSD starting at 128GB, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and wireless support including 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, and WiDi.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is an ultraportable notebook with a 14-inch display featuring a carbon fiber chassis, included 3G connectivity, and Intel's Ivy Bridge generation of processors. It has Dolby Home Theater audio and a 720p webcam.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May 2012
  • Price at launch: $799.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 8, 2012
  • Price at launch: $999.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Aug. 21, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,299.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: VAIO SVT1311M1E
  • Alias: Spectre XT Ultrabook 13t-2100
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.72 inches
  • Depth: 8.9 inches
  • Thickness: 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 3.53 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.87 inches
  • Depth: 8.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.57 inches
  • Weight: 3.07 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black, Black / Red
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 13.03 inches
  • Depth: 8.9 inches
  • Thickness: .71 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Notable apps: Premiere Elements 10, Adobe Photoshop
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 117.83
  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • PPI: 131
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad, Pointing stick
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3427U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.8 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i3-2367M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.4 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 1
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD), Hybrid Drive
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 320 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, Memory Stick Duo
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Speakers: 4
  • Audio brand: Beats Audio
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Effective pixels: 1.31 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Biometric scanner: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • VGA: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • 3G: Yes
  • GSM: Yes
  • WWAN data standards supported: HSPA+
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Quoted time: 5 hr
  • GeekBench: 6736
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 34 minutes

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 12205
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 3224
  • The Verge Battery Test (extended battery): 5 hours and 21 minutes
  • PCMarkVantage: 10913
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 2820
  • The Verge Battery Test: 4 hours and 44 minutes
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