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The VAIO Pro 11 proves that it's possible to build a tiny Ultrabook with a price that isn't the opposite of the laptop's physical dimensions. Better yet, Sony also hasn't compromised on important features such as the screen quality. Weighing a mere 860 grams, it's one of the lightest laptops available, yet Sony has managed to include hardware powerful enough to match products twice the weight.
Design and features
The incredibly light weight results from two factors -- the physical dimensions and the material used for the case. The former is dictated by the 11.6 inch display, and Sony has also kept the depth very thin throughout. Despite this touchscreen's smaller dimensions, it's packing a HD wallop thanks to the native resolution of 1920 x 1080, and comes with Sony's impeccable image quality. Our only concern with this screen is that it bounces around a bit when touched, a common complaint for ultralight laptops with touchscreens.
The latter factor that influences weight, build material, keeps the weight down by using mostly plastic, which weighs much less than metal. However, the Pro 11 doesn't feel cheap, as the single aluminium face on the keyboard side looks expensive while providing a sturdy backbone for the entire chassis. Speaking of the backlit island keyboard, it is prone to rattling a tiny bit during use, but there's very little keyboard flex. The island design makes hitting each key relatively easy after a bit of practice, despite the keyboard's smaller layout. Unfortunately the touchpad on our review sample was very problematic, having major issues registering both left and right clicks. We assume it's simply a faulty sample, but when combined with the keyboard rattle isn't very reassuring.