Gizmo Guru | Style over substance1 min read . Updated: 26 Jul 2013, 08:49 PM IST
Sony's answer to the Macbook Air looks unique, but is style and portability worth an extra Rs20-30,000?
The Sony Vaio Pro 13 is a fantastic looking laptop, and anyone who has considered buying a Macbook Air might well be tempted by this device as well, since both are available for practically the same price, and Sony has the edge in hardware, by a small margin. It’s a striking laptop, and at 1.06kgs, it’s light enough to throw into your bag and forget about it.
The specifications are pretty solid too—there’s a 4th gen Intel i5 processor, that’s running at 1.60GHz, and that’s got 4GB of RAM as well. The machine also comes with NFC. Coupled with the size and weight, that makes it a really nice business laptop—something that can be used to comfortably and reliably get a lot of work done while you’re on the move. On the other hand, Sony’s charging ₹ 74,990 for this version, and there’s a model with more storage and an i7 CPU that’s priced at ₹ 1,10,000! That’s a bit steep, and so is this one.
There aren’t too many 4th gen laptops to compare it with in terms of price right away, but you can get a laptop that happily handles the same kind of usage for around 30,000 less, so that’s a big premium for portability, and, let’s admit it, style.
Along with design, Sony also deserves credit for excellent build quality. It feels solid and reliable, and the whole experience is improved with a large keyboard. The keys are well spaced, and individually backlit, which makes it really comfortable to use. The trackpad is pretty good too, although not the best in the category.
The major drawback is the limited number of ports, and integrated graphics. The machine’s usage will be limited to work for the most part, and if you’re paying a premium to work on Excel, it pinches a little. You can game on this, but don’t compare it to a dedicated gaming machine—not even one that costs the same amount of money.