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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.

The Zenbook UX31A is the direct replacement of the UX31, though don't be fooled by the similar product names, this is a serious upgrade we're talking about. Ivy Bridge processors from Intel and matte screen options will be available with the highest spec offering 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 13.3-inch IPS display.

The Portégé Z930 is a refresh of Toshiba's lightweight laptop line. It has a 13.3-inch screen that has up to a 512GB SSD storage option, an Ivy Bridge processor, and up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM.

  • 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
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,149.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Q3 2012

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
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.71 inches
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.44 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .63 inches
  • Weight: 2.47 pounds
  • 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
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • 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
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 118

Display (max)

  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 118
  • 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: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad, Pointing stick
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • 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
  • 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 i3-3217U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 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
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 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
  • 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 RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 2 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 16 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • 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
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 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
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: SRS Premium Sound 3D
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

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

Sensors

  • Biometric scanner: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • 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
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 2
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 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+
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi

Security

  • Trusted platform module: Optional
  • Trusted platform module: Yes
  • 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
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 47 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Quoted time: 8 hr

Bundled Accessories

Gigabit ethernet to USB 3.0 dongle, Mini VGA to VGA dongle
  • 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
  • PCMarkVantage: 13128
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 3316
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 46 minutes
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