CNET First Look
The Sony Vaio Pro 13 offers all-day battery lifeIn a body that weighs just 2.34 pounds, the Pro 13 packs good performance and more work time.
-Hi. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET. And this is the first look at Sony's new super portable 13-inch laptop, the VAIO Pro 13. It is, as you can see, very thin and it weighs only 2.34 pounds, so definitely no problems tossing this in a bag for your daily commute. And its carbon fiber construction gives itself extra durability. Around the sides you get a couple USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a mic and headphone jack, and SD card slot. But that's it. Plus, Sony built in an extra USB port into the laptop's power adapter for charging on mobile device. Lifting the lid reveals the 1080p IPS touchscreen, the full back lid keyboard, and large clip pad. This Pro 13 that we're currently testing is running on a 4th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, 8 gigs of memory, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and a 512 gig PCI Express Solid State Drive, a combination that sells for about $2,220. However, for about $1,250 it could be scaled back to a Core i5 Processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and 128 gig SSD which is still expensive, but definitely easier to swallow if you're just looking for something super thin and light with long battery life. And the battery life is long. In our initial testing, this laptop got 6-1/2 hours of video played back. Sony estimates battery life at 7 hours and honestly, with some power management, I'm pretty sure you can hit that mark. And if you need more than that, Sony sells an add-on sheet battery that attaches seamlessly to the bottom that should double that time. So, again if you want a light laptop for your daily commuter travel, this seems worth checking out. But we'll know for sure when we're done testing. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the Sony VAIO Pro 13.