The CEO really likes Sony Vaios, he’s long championed them, since buying one when we first started the company back in ’99.  The picture below is a pretty similar model but I can remember it quite vividly in my mind: although it had lots of specs at the time, I remember that it had NO wireless, NO LAN in built, and only a CD ROM – not a writer.

We had to buy an additional network adapter for it, but the one thing it did have going for it was its screen, a behemoth at 15” and the inbuilt 56k modem, which at the time was the fastest home internet connection you could get.

1999 sony vaio

Moving forward to 2013, and the Sony Vaio T13 that I’ve got on my desk, which surpasses the original Vaio in all but screen size*, has a Intel core i5 3317 clocked at 1.7ghz, 4gb RAM, and a super speedy 128GB SSD for the operating system.

What else can I tell you about it? Well there are a few photos I’ve taken of it. Its pretty slimline, but unlike a lot of the ultraportables out there (No names, *cough* Apple MacBook air *cough* Microsoft Surface) the Vaio T13 comes with a pretty impressive amount of outputs: headphone; SD card; HDMI; VGA; LAN; and a couple of USB ports, one of which is a USB3 and power + port.

Sony Vaiot 13 2013

That’s the externals and internals done, but what is the Vaio T13 like to use? Well the keyboard is nice, it’s not backlit – something I expected a laptop costing £750 to have, but that’s the only gripe there. The battery is inbuilt by the looks of it, and will – at least according to the sticker on the front of the laptop last for “up to 9h”– probably under perfect conditions you might get that figure, but real world use is always less.

Despite also being a borderline ultrabook, the Sony Vaio T13 is quite weighty, but a decent manageable size. I can’t imagine anyone actually moaning about it, but it’s not unheard of.

Power wise, it has something in it they call “rapid wake + eco” which promises to make your PC accessible in a few seconds. Once you close the lid it will go to sleep instantly, and wake up, even up to 30 days later (ideal world again), to enable you to resume where you left off. I think on a fresh laptop that takes about 5 seconds, which isn’t too bad all things considered.

sony vaio 113

What else is there of note? Well, the Sony Vaio T13 is fast. From a cold boot, I timed it at approx. 16 seconds which again is pretty nippy, but this is a fresh laptop and you’d have to expect that number would increase over time.

Things I don’t like about the Vaio T13? The fan. Come on Sony, this is a borderline ultrabook, and it shouldn’t be taxed so much that the CPU fan goes off AUDIBLY every time you do something slightly taxing. Also the software that’s included. It’s nice that some things are installed by default, such as Skype and an MS Office trial, also MacAfee security is a nice thing to have all ready to go, but there is a LOT of bloatware on there that I could have done without spending time removing, such as games, and Microsoft Live. This is a business laptop – who uses Live? Didn’t they decommission MSN live messenger this month and integrate into Skype? A bit confusing.

Roundup: nice laptop, bit weighty but the ports make up for the extra weight, could do with less bloaty software loaded.

*please note, new laptop has better resolution even though physical screen size is less…


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