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SONY VAIO Pro 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" FHD Touchscreen Ultrabook Carbon Black (SVP13215PXB)

  • Intel Core i7 4500U(1.80GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 256GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
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Learn more about the Sony VAIO SVP13215PXB

Model

Brand
SONY
Series
VAIO P Series
Model
SVP13215PXB

General

Color
Carbon Black
Operating System
Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
CPU Type
Intel Core i7-4500U 1.80GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.00GHz (4th generation- Haswell)
Screen
13.3"
Memory Size
8GB DDR3
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics 4400
Video Memory
Shared memory
Communication
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Battery Life
up to 6.5 Hour
Dimensions
12.68" x 8.5" x 0.68"
Weight
2.34 lbs.
Other Features
Intel Wireless Display Technology
NFC Supported
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Trusted Platform Module (TCG ver. 1.2 certified)

CPU

CPU Type
Intel Core i7
CPU Speed
4500U (1.80GHz)
CPU Support
4MB L3 Cache
Intel Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.0GHz (4th generation- Haswell)

Display

Screen Size
13.3"
Touchscreen
Yes
Wide Screen Support
Yes
Display Type
Full HD
Resolution
1920 x 1080
LCD Features
Capacitive Touchscreen
Full HD, Triluminos Display for Mobile

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit

Graphics

GPU/VPU
Intel HD Graphics 4400
Video Memory
Shared system memory
Graphic Type
Integrated Card

Hard Drive

SSD
256GB
HDD
No
HDD Spec
PCIe Solid State Drive

Memory

Memory
8GB
Memory Speed
DDR3 1600
Memory Spec
8GB x 1
Max Memory Supported
8GB

Communications

LAN
10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN
Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 (802.11a/g/n)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Standard (4.0 + HS)

Ports

USB
2 x USB 3.0
HDMI
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

Audio

Audio
Intel High Definition Audio with ClearAudio+

Input Device

Touchpad
Clickable Touchpad (Gesture Supported)
Keyboard
QWERTY, 82 keys with 1.35mm stroke and 19mm pitch
Backlit Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Backlit

Supplemental Drive

Webcam
1.0 MP HD Web Camera powered by Exmor R for PC and microphone

General

Style
Ultrabook
Type
Mainstream
Usage
Consumer

Power

Battery
Internal Lithium Polymer Battery (VGP-BPS38 4740mAh)
Battery Life
up to 6.5 Hour

Physical Specifications

Dimensions
12.68" x 8.5" x 0.68"
Weight
2.34 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Gokhan K.
  • 3/1/2014 9:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBest laptop money can buy

This review is from: SONY VAIO Pro 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" FHD Touchscreen Ultrabook Carbon Black (SVP13215PXB)

Pros: I had no problem with wifi, latest bios and driver updates probably solved this ages ago.
Ppl complain about fan noise but laptop has "silent mode" feature, just enable it from Vaio Center app, it'll all go away.

- Screen quality is amazing.
- Lighter than Surface Pro 2, can you imagine?
- Battery lasts longer than Surface.
- HDD is super fast, the only PC laptop you can buy with PCIExpress SSD. (this is a serious difference,only this laptop and new mac book air has this, all others are standard sata ssd)
- Webcam works nice in low light conditions, decent touchpad.
- Best of best keyboard experience, really, thumbs up for Sony keyboard.
- Power adapter is small, which is important for such a portable laptop.

I'm really happy with what I got.

Cons: could be cheaper
would be great if screen can rotate

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  • Matthew M.
  • 9/6/2013 6:42:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsAuto-Dimming

This review is from: SONY VAIO Pro 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" FHD Touchscreen Ultrabook Carbon Black (SVP13215PXB)

Pros: The system boots in under 5 seconds... That is pretty much all I got.

Cons: The screen will automatically dim/brighten when not hooked up to the power charger. All settings for this feature were disabled, however the device would continue to dim/brighten by itself. The dimming/brightening process was very jittery and slow and was a massive distraction. Sony was unable to fix the issue, and even replaced the laptop with another, which also did the exact same thing...

Other Thoughts: Check the Sony forums before buying this product to see if they fixed this issue. Unless you plan on leaving the device plugged in 24/7, this issue is very distracting.

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  • Shad A.
  • 7/9/2013 6:36:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsGreat ultrabook with a few quirks to get used to

This review is from: SONY VAIO Pro 13 Intel Core i7 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" FHD Touchscreen Ultrabook Carbon Black (SVP13215PXB)

Pros: - Great battery life (later)
- Super thin AND great battery life!
- full-size spacing on keys
- Tight integration between hardware and Windows 8 (even some 8.1 features done Sony-style on Windows 8.0)
- Screen lifts for the most part with one hand (better than I could have expected)
- brightness is decent
- Carbon fiber build seems flimsy (because it bends) but actually feels and appears to be durable (if that makes sense)
- Really light.
- Did I mention that it's really thin and light?

Cons: - Yes, there is a known WiFi issue. Supposedly, Sony is working on a fix though not all their stores and call centers are familiar with it. However, that being said, I did not experience any major issues. Just in case, I have a WiFi adapter I can use if needed.
- For me: lack of Thunderbolt port is a disappointment but I understand that Sony had to sacrifice some things for such a thin laptop. I would have preferred Thunderbolt over HDMI but that is just me and the market supports the decision to stick with HDMI right now.
- Lack of Gb Ethernet. Really wished it had this but a lot of ultrabooks are forgoing this option these days. To overcome this, I purchased a nifty Asus USB router (see below under travel)
- The large amount of flex in the build makes using the touchscreen difficult to use or at least not as "seamless" as it could be. The screen vibrates back and forth a lot with each press making for a slightly uncomfortable but bearable experience. It certainly does not replace a tablet feel (nor is it meant to so no stars deducted). It's just that it feels like the touchscreen could have been left out altogether but I must admit I still use it extensively over the touchpad (but maybe not over a travel mouse).
- The sheet battery is not flush to the device (more on that below under the "extended battery" section).
- The keyboard is a little awkward for me, but to be fair, I'm accustomed to a 12.1" netbook keyboard. The keys for me are spaced too far apart but I can still type pretty fast and it doesn't seem like it will take a lot of getting used to.
- The lights for the backlit keyboard are visible from underneath the keys when you are looking at the device. It's kind of annoying and I wish it were just the letters that were lit instead of an outline of the keys.
- Silly dedicated "assist" button launches Sony's troubleshooting and repair/recovery apps. I'd rather be able to customize a dedicated hardware button (and maybe I can?)

Other Thoughts: Extended Sheet battery thoughts:
Honestly, I have mixed feelings. Since there are really no pictures for this model, I thought I would post this so you have a good idea of what it is like. I will post a picture soon as well. For starters, it does NOT sit flush with the laptop. In other words, it adds a significant amount of depth (almost double) but at least it is a smaller footprint and not the whole side of the laptop. It serves as a stand while it is attached. One thing I do wish: the cover for the connector for the extended battery can be difficult to remove form the laptop (it has a spot to reattach to the extended batteyr to hold it in place but even that is a pain to do in a hurry. If I have to switch batteries in a hurry or switch to the extended, it can be irritating. A sliding cover would have been more practical (but I'm not sure if it's feasible space-wise)

Travel and portability thoughts:
For me, extended batteries are almost a necessity and I'm so used to just ordering them that I ordered it with the device. As I am using this, I am actually thinking I wouldn't need it if I were just replacing my netbook/laptop. Since the sheet battery adds such significant battery life, I might use it to replace what I normally defer to my Asus TF300T tablet for (notes, travel, work on airplanes/trains, etc.).

I will update this review soon--I have ordered two different MacBook Air cases and will see how they fare.

I also ordered the Asus WL-300NUL pocket WiFi router. This can be used in much the same way as the Sony part I mentioned above with the added benefit that it can also be used as a USB ethernet adapter and standard WiFi adapter as well.

For travel, I also ordered a USB combo mini outlet surge protector and an inline surge protector which should arrive soon.

General Thoughts:
I was really hoping for a Haswell ultrabook convertible that would double as my desktop via a nice Thunderbolt dock for two monitors, GbE, USB 3.0 drives, etc. I was hoping for said ultrabook to also double as a tablet and take advantage of Window 8 handwriting recognition with a digitizer (this does not have a digitizer). In the end, while this may have been a purchase out of frustration in waiting or the "perfect" device to come along, I think I am happy with it. The near-instant on feature is nice so that certainly helps in pushing the case to replace my tablet. I can still think of a need for a decent tablet with digitizer (perhaps a future "mini" Windows 8 tablet with Bay Trail?). I thought about the Sony Duo 13 as well but the limited one angle kind of was a dealbreaker for me. In retrospect, it might be more of what I was looking for. The trackpad is becoming more and more of an after-thought for me as I use the touchscreen more so the fact that it is much smaller on the Duo may not be bad. At least it isn't behind the keyboard like on the recently announced Samsung device.

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