July 2, 2013
- Lightweight design
- Stylish exterior
- Very speedy SSD
- Excellent battery life
- Chassis is a little flimsy
- Wobbly hinge
- Some keyboard flex
The Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch is an Ultrabook computer with an extremely lightweight, attractive design and extra long battery life. It has a very fast solid-state hard drive and good overall performance, but a few design flaws do trouble us.
When we first handled the VAIO Pro 13 Touch, we were surprised at how light and thin it was. It measures 10.5 x 14.7 x 3.5-inches and weighs 2.3-pounds. The exterior is made of black carbon fiber, which helps to cut down on the weight. The matte black exterior looks extremely sleek and will definitely get you some curious eyes while in public. Because of the carbon fiber, however, it is a little flimsy when you handle it. It doesn't feel cheap by any means, but the exterior just feels a little flimsy.
The Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch's keyboard was decent, but had noticeable flexing. The keys were nicely spaced and sized, so no issues there. Sony also backlit the keyboard too. The touch pad is spacious and is a one-piece click pad. It provided enough size and sensitivity for us to perform Windows 8 multi touch gestures with ease.
The 13.3-inch display has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels and it looks really great. Colors look extremely vivid and it's also very bright. It does have a glossy finish, so ambient light and sunlight throws back reflections. The touch screen aspect to the display was very responsive and pleasing to use. The hinge on the display could use a little design work because it slightly wobbles when opened.
For ports, the Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch offers two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out port, a headphone jack and an SD memory card reader. There is also 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
Our review unit included a brand-new fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200 (1.6GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state hard drive and integrated Intel 4400 graphics. The new CPU offers the latest in performance and the solid-state drive, which is a PCI Express drive instead of mSATA, is extremely speedy. Boot times were by far the quickest we've seen at about 5 seconds! A PCMark 7 benchmark came in at 4,610, which is about 500 points more than the Windows 8 Ultrabook category average.
In our real-world use, we found the performance to be fantastic and better than recent Ultrabooks that we've tested.
Battery life came out way above average at almost 6.5-hours. This is the best battery life that we've seen yet from an Ultrabook.