Pros Super light, great screen.
Cons Wifi does not work. Hard to believe, but true.
Summary Sony Pro 11 and Pro 13 use the Intel 7260 WiFi card which locks up in less than 10 minutes. Hundreds of complains and many returned laptops. See
Strongly suggest waiting for Sony to fix the Wifi problem. I had no choice but to return the laptop after days of Sony and in house IT working on it. Too bad - its a sexy design, but whats the point if it won't work?
Pros Very light.
Cons Wi-Fi continually drops. Fan way to noisy. Can't use if it won't stay connected. I am returning this machine. Terribly disappointed in Sony. To bad the C-net review on this never mentions this catastrophic problem.
Summary Find something else.
Pros Lightweight, good screen
Cons WIFI!!!!!!! It keeps dropping. Also, the laptop has really sharp edges
Summary Avoid buying until Sony fixes the laptop problems. I wouldn't hold my breath though - despite the wifi problems being mentioned by a lot of users on Sony forums, Sony hasn't even acknowledged the problems yet!
Pros Good weight and size.
Cons Serious wi-fi problems (and trackpad and Sony/Windows software update problems). Do not buy.
Summary Purchased the machine on a Wednesday, tried to configure it that night, returned it to the store the next day, told they'd "prepare" a new one with needed firmware updates, exchanged for a new one, took the (second) home on Friday, tried to configure well into the night, many wifi problems on my network and several others. There are well-known wifi (and others, less important) problems with laptop. Note I have an above average knowledge of computers -- build and configure computers and networks routinely. For such an expensive computer, you'd think Sony would sell a USABLE computer. Most importantly, they take no ownership of their problems -- no press releases, nothing on their website, no recognition of the problem. Returned this computer and added Sony to my "do not buy" list for the foreseeable future.
Pros - Incredibly light-weight
- Great screen
- Great laptop AND tablet replacement in one device
Cons - Fairly slow Wi-Fi through. I seem to be lucky not to have experienced the Wi-Fi reliability problems so many other VAIO Pro 13 and 11 owners have reported.
- The sharp edges are a minor irritation
Summary Before becoming aware of the Ultrabook class of laptops, I intended to purchase a Windows 8 tablet for working away from the office. I had been using a Samsung 10" Android tablet, but the quirkiness of Bluetooth keyboards and limited compatibility with MS Office apps, made it a real hassle to use for serious work on the road. I figured the solution would be a Microsoft Surface class Win8 tablet, which would resolve the both keyboard and the MS Office compatibility issues. However, the moment I became aware of the Ultrabook class of laptops, I realised that such a device would be a great replacement for BOTH my Dell laptop and Samsung tablet. I also considered hybrid devices like the Lenovo Yoga, but realised that there was a price to be paid in terms of weight or keyboard quality for these hybrid devices. Also think about how many times you REALLY need this type of device in a flat, keyboard-less configuration? Perhaps when you are travelling in Economy class, but even there, because the Ultrabook is so small, it is much better than having to contort yourself when trying to use a full-size 15" laptop on a plane.
I have had my VAIO Pro 13 since September 2013 and I am happy to report that my assessment was right. If you have an Ultrabook as light and powerful as the Sony VAIO, with a touch screen, you don't need a third device between a laptop and a smartphone. Today I pity the poor lemmings who bring along their "cool" iPads and Galaxy Notes to meetings, compelled to pretend to be comfortable typing on these devices. As for my Samsung Tablet? I did find a use for it, that I cannot do with my VAIO: I devised a fitting that enables me to strap it to the TV screen of gym cycles and treadmills: I watch videos while exercising.