VAIO Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook
The Perfect Machine for Me
I did months of research prior to purchasing the Pro 13 Ultrabook. I was well aware of all of the discussions on some issues. This Sony was to replace an earlier model Sony laptop that I loved. My criteria were 512G SSD, very light weight, quality, reasonable battery life, and a touch screen. After three weeks, here is my assessment.
First the Wi-Fi since it has garnered a lot of discussion in Sony forums. In short, the problem is that some Sony machines apparently continuously drop the Wi-Fi signal. After a lot of research, my sense was that this is not a Sony problem per se, since it appears that other manufacturers are experiencing a similar issue. There are several recent posts about how to resolve the issue, if there is one. Sony is too good a company to not try and resolve such a glaring problem. Upon purchase, I immediately set about to install all the latest drivers and software. I live in a three level townhome with the Wi-Fi on the top floor. I use the laptop on the second floor and have never once, in three weeks now, dropped the signal. I am really happy with that aspect. I will post an update if it starts happening, but I would have to believe I would have seen some inkling of problems by now.
Several people commented about chassis flex if typing while the Sony is in their lap. Yes, if you press down with considerable force, there is some minor flex. But my feeling is that if you exert that much pressure, lighten up! Try as I may, minimal noticeable flex for me. It feels solid. And let’s be honest, there is bound to be a design trade-off between lightness and rigidity. I opted for the former.
Someone commented about the overly sharp corners. Well, they are certainly pointy and I suppose that they could poke you if not too careful. Okay…! Not sure that I care.
I have not done a battery test, but I have so far found it to be excellent, maybe 6 hours. I don’t do many videos and am not a gamer, but I use Microsoft Office heavily. I purchased an aftermarket car/airplane charger that will easily get me through those times I have no 110/220 available. In other words, no necessity for Sony’s optional sheet battery.
My one complaint is that, as some people comment, the cursor can tend to all of a sudden jump around the screen, or you trigger the screen size to change dramatically. I think it has to do with one finger touching the edge of touch pad and the other hand on a certain portion of the chassis. But you can quickly change back (Ctrl ‘+’ or Ctrl ‘–‘ to change screen size). It doesn’t really bother me because my old Sony did somewhat the same thing on occasion. It does make me more careful of where I place my hands and fingers, and this issue is minimized. Again, this is annoying but not that bad an issue for me.
This machine is perfect for my requirements: gorgeous display, very light weight, high capacity SSD, very responsive and fast (I am not a gamer, so fast may be a relative term). My first Windows 8.1 computer and I love it. I travel internationally for as much as 6 weeks at a time, and I do 100% carry-on luggage (20” roll-aboard and a small daypack). So weight is very important when lugging baggage around on trains and up five flights of narrow stairs in a 14th century building. This Sony is everything I wanted. And my friend with the latest Apple MacBook Air was very impressed!
November 19, 2013
Sony Pro 13
sony misled me on the downgrade to windows 7. That cost money, but was well worth it despite not being told about the cost.
the machine is fast and responsive. I really like it.
I wish it had buttons for mouse clicks. It was not designed for non-windows 8 users in my opinion.
The moust pad is too big and when you type, fingers hit that and cause errors.
Still, quite happy with it, but it could be perfect.
September 30, 2013
Great machine but a couple of flaws
This is a great machine and has potential to be one of thte best but there are two issues I am dealing with that are holding me back from a full throated endorsement. One is that the front of the machine is so thin that if its sitting on an uneven surface, the mouse clicks from underneath. I think this is because of the flexibility of the carbon fiber chassis. the second is that when the Bluetooth is on, the Wifi connection gets flakey. I am hoping this is just a driver issue but still a bit annoying.
August 21, 2013
Watch out for the corners
Nice weight and performance, but watch out for the corners !! Why experience builders of laptops would put such sharp corners on the keyboard is beyond me. It's easy to get poked getting it into/out of a bag.
August 21, 2013