Ultrabooks are the next big thing after tablets. Why the ‘ultra’ terminology, one may wonder? That’s because these new-age laptops are leaner, meaner, super-quick, and powerful enough to last the entire day on a single charge. One may wonder, however, what the fuss is all about and contend that Apple’s MacBook Air line has already captured this segment eons ago. But the current enthusiasm is due to the slew of Intel’s advanced Windows-enabled ultrabooks being launched. And one of these is definitely the Sony Vaio T-13 Ultrabook, the company’s first incursion in this market. An overview of this exciting device:
• Intel Core i5 3317U dual core Processor capable of reaching 2.1 GHz
• 13.3-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
• 4GB DDR3 RAM
• Unique hybrid disk drive (320 GB HDD and 32 GB Solid State Drive)
• Windows 7 Home Premium OS (64-bit)
• Intel HD 4000 Graphics
• Lithium Polymer 4050mAh Battery
• Measurements: 12.72 x 0.71 x 8.9 inches (width, height, depth)
• Weight: 3.54 pounds
Sony has got it entirely figured out on this front. The ultrabook’s got a sleek aluminum and magnesium encased exterior polished in all the right places and the largely silver body is perfectly complemented by the strikingly smart keyboard area. The latter itself houses Sony’s trademark island style keyboard with large, comfortably placed, and highly responsive keys. The touchpad deserves mention as it supports multi-gesture and two-scrolling functionality. Overall, the entire laptop has a solid, premium, and lightweight feel to it.
Physical attributes and performance
• The 13.3 inch anti-reflection screen returns a fairly good display with adequate definition and viewing angles. The glossiness of the screen, however, may be a factor for some.
• The novel hybrid disk drive makes boot times faster as well as file and program access easier.
• Further, the ultrabook features the state-of-the-art ‘Rapid Wake’ know-how that enables one to instantly commence and resume work from sleep mode while preserving open programs.
• The spiffy i7 dual core processor coupled with the 4 GB RAM lends the T-13 a serious performance edge. High Definition videos, in particular, are surprisingly well rendered – even those in 1080 pixel resolution.
• The T-13 sports an inbuilt high definition web camera backed by Exmor™ technology; the webcam may also be used for motion sensing controls along with certain software.
• The audio system employs the advanced Clear Phase™ and xLOUD™ know-how. This connotes that the stereo speakers output a strikingly clear and crisp sound for a laptop of this size.
• The ultrabook also has special shortcut tools named ‘Vaio’, ‘Assist’, and ‘Web’ that offer one-touch access to the Sony’s support base and to the internet.
Software and Programs
The T-13 comes with Windows Home Premium along with thoughtful proprietary programs such as Media Gallery, VAIO Gate, PlayMemories Home, and VAIO Care.
Connectivity and Ports
The T-13 showcases a generous array of connectivity choices to please even the most hardened of critics. It has options for:
• USB (3 in number including 1 superfast USB 3.0 port)
• Multi-card reading
• 3.5 mm headphones
• Bluetooth 4.0
It’s hard not to be attracted to Sony’s first ultrabook foray. Indeed the T-13’s got enough bells and whistles to attract hordes of fans and roughly $800 pricing helps immensely too.