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Summary:A 13.3-inch laptop tested with Windows 8, an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics, a touchscreen, and a 128GB solid-state drive.
The Sony VAIO Pro SVP13213CXS Ultrabook is a 13.3-inch laptop with an LCD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has 4GB of memory and a 128GB hard drive. It has an an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 4400 video adapter but no dedicated video memory. But it lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It comes with Windows 8 pre-installed.
The VAIO Pro SVP13213CXS Ultrabook has a built-in memory card reader for digital photography, a touch screen, a multitouch touchpad, and 2 USB ports. It has HDMI out for connecting to an HDTV. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers.
The VAIO Pro SVP13213CXS Ultrabook measures 12.7 inches wide by 0.7 inches high by 8.5 inches deep and it weighs 2.3lbs. It's backed by a 12 month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.
About This Brand
Sony will be exiting the laptop and desktop market in late 2014 but will continue to sell its Vaio products until then. The company has promised to continue product support for seven years.
Features & Specs - Sony VAIO Pro SVP13213CXS Ultrabook
Display size (in.) The diagonal measure of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen.
Display size (in.)
Processor Also known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the processor is responsible for running commands and handling data. Processors come in different speeds and may have two or more cores (ex. dual-core), which let you more quickly process multiple complex tasks.
Memory (GB) Also known as RAM, memory is a temporary storage area for data. Its size is an important factor for performance. We recommend at least 4GB of memory, or 8GB if you plan to run several large applications at the same time.
Storage (GB) The amount of storage, a permanent area for the operating system, programs and data such as documents, music, and media files. Storage can be a hard drive, an SSD (solid state drive), or hybrid drive.
Video memory (MB) The amount of dedicated memory built into a graphics adapter. Most models have integrated graphics, which have no dedicated memory but are still suitable for most applications, including photo editing and watching movies. Others have discrete graphic adapters, which typically have 256 MB or more video memory, to deliver smoother and more realistic graphics for 3D games.
Video memory (MB)
Blu-ray or DVD Has either a Blu-Ray drive (B), which lets you watch Blu-Ray movies and read/write to CDs and DVDs, or a DVD drive (D), which lets you read/write to CDs and DVDs.
Blu-ray or DVD
Memory-card reader At least one flash memory-card slot (CF, SD, XD, MS, etc.)
Wi-Fi The type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Computers with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas. 802.11ac is the newest, fastest type.
WiMAX One of the standards used by cell phone service providers that they call "4G". Based on the IEEE 802.16e wireless standard, mobile WiMAX is a wireless broadband Internet connection like Wi-Fi, with comparable data speeds. But its range is much greater, measured in miles rather than feet, which in theory should provide continuous broadband coverage over greater distances. If supported you usually have to sign up with a service provider and pay an extra fee.
USB sleep and charge Unlike standard USB ports that power off when the computer is turned off or put to sleep, sleep and charge USB ports remain powered on when in sleep mode. They can be used to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.
USB sleep and charge
Thunderbolt port Has a Thunderbolt port for connecting peripherals such as an external hard drive. This includes ports that may be on the keyboard dock of detachable laptops. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed port that can connect to DVI, HDMI and VGA through the use of adapters.
Digital video out Has a DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort video output for sending a digital video signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
I wanted a lightweight computer and after reading many reviews selected the Sony Vaio Pro13. The ultrabook is everything I was looking for - fast; great screen quality; backlight on the keyboard; very light weight, long battery life, HOWEVER, the network connection issues abound. I have owned the computer for 7 months and am having the computer repaired for the third time for this same issue. Sony clearly needs to address this item as it is a major malfunction with the computer. My old laptap is a Dell, which is the brand I should have stuck with, and is the one I go to when the Sony is in for repair. Since I can't trust that the Sony will work continuously for more than a few months, I would not recommend this to a friend.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Super Dave
from Houston TX
(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Well be a great machine with bugs fixed
Easy To Use
I bought one of these to try out for our company before we ordered about 20 of these for our sales team. We had trouble with WiFi being reliable. We also had touchpad tracking issues. The laptop has to be on a solid surface for the touchpad to work correctly. On the Internet we found that many people are having the same issue with this Sony laptop. Because of the issues and my sales people bugging me to try a Macintosh, we decided to try a MacBook air. Consumers reports also shows the Macintosh to be superior in reliability and customer service. After two months of rigorous testing, we feel the MacBook Air is better suited for our needs. We have had no issues whatsoever, get about 50% more battery life, and overall feel the operating system is superior without all the hassles and headaches.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Albany, NY
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
Good Battery Life
Good Display Quality
Just opened the box a few hours ago, and I'm speechless. This laptop will be a great competitor to MacBook Air. It is unbelievably light and thin, and according to the specs, hides a lot of horse power behind the beautiful facade.<br /><br />The extended sheet battery is very nifty, providing a slight tilt angle and space for venting. <br /><br />Together with the external DVD drive and a USB 'docking station', it replicates my old Vaio Z series laptop, but a lot lighter.<br /><br />Interestingly, the sound quality is great, much better than on my old laptop, even though it is so much lighter and thinner!