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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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Constructed of carbon fiber, and featuring Rapid Wake technology and an optional, large-capacity sheet battery, the VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook is the ideal solution for your mobile computing needs. Equipped with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, and 4GB of DDR3 memory, the Pro SVP13215PXB is capable of offering the exceptional performance you’d expect. In addition, the palmrest is designed to deliver maximum comfort.

  • newegg Ultra-Light with Durable Carbon Fiber With uncompromising attention to detail and a passion for design, the VAIO Pro is expertly engineered and extremely durable. The carbon fiber construction keeps it light, but also helps protect it from the rigors of the road. The palmrest was created for maximum comfort while typing, so your hands will feel less stress after keyboarding for long periods of time.
  • newegg More Brilliant Color Than Ever The 13.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080p touchscreen LCD with TRILUMINOS Display for mobile creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors – just the way you want to see them. Thanks to a new-generation technology that makes colors purer and more distinct with a wider color range, it gives images a heightened sense of depth. With its IPS (in-plane switching) technology, you can enjoy a crisp image from any viewing angle – perfect for giving an important presentation or watching the latest blockbuster hit. And with the X-Reality for Mobile, video quality is vastly improved, making that blockbuster hit look even more sharp.
  • newegg High-Speed SSD VAIO Pro 13 includes a high speed PCIe SSD drive standard on all models. PCIe technology allows for faster performance than traditional laptop SSD drives. Get quicker boot-ups, faster application launches, and an overall enhanced performance. And of course, since SSD technology includes no moving parts, you get a more durable storage solution less prone to physical damage.
  • newegg Night Shift The keyboard features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. When typing in dim light, an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering to make it even easier to find the right keys.
  • newegg All-Day Mobility Enjoy all-day mobility and a long battery life with the VAIO Pro. With the optional large-capacity sheet battery, you leave behind the traditional bulky and protruding long-life batteries of the past. Attaching seamlessly to the bottom of the laptop, and operating in tandem with it, you’ll enjoy up to double the battery life – helping to keep you unplugged longer.
  • newegg Rapid Wake With Sony’s own Rapid Wake technology, you never have to shut down your computer again. Whether you are done working for the day or just heading out to get some coffee, simply close the lid to put your PC into sleep mode. Then, when you’re ready to start again, resume in two seconds with your data safe and secure. If you are unplugged, don’t worry about draining your battery. Your PC can stay in sleep mode for days.


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


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  • Austin A.
  • 5/21/2014 10:41:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAmazing Form Factor, but prone to defects

Pros: I mainly got this for the light weight form factor, and on that part it is amazing.
The screen is phenomenal when working (read cons). As a graphics designer that was really a key feature I liked.
HDMI out makes it very easy to use at work and for watching movies.

Cons: The screen started to glitch where white spots were showing up in random locations on the screen (not just the center). Small white dots from 1cm to half a cm.

The trackpad broke due to a very well documented defect in the design. The bottom left will break, even after a repair I think it is starting to wear out again.

Other Thoughts: If it were not for the 3 repairs which caused me not to have the machine for over a month in the last 6 months I've owned it.
Their repair service is some of the worst I've ever experienced in my entire life of owning various laptops across a couple brands. If they schedule an onsite repair they will cancel it (their forums warned me about this and they did cancel just like they said).

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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

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

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

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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