Unprecedented power. The next generation of processing technology has arrived. Built into the newest VAIO notebooks lies Intel's latest, most powerful innovation yet: Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology. Boasting incredible speed, expanded wireless connectivity, enhanced multimedia support and greater energy efficiency, all the high-performance essentials are seamlessly combined into a single chip.

Sony equips its 13-inch ultrabook with an Ivy Bridge generation processor after a slight delay. The Vaio SVT-1312V1ES not only complements our first SVT-1311M1ES (i3-2367M) in this regard. It now also includes Windows 8 and the manufacturer was forced to support the operating system's touch affinity by using a corresponding screen.

Our test update focuses on the increased performance (i5, 128 GB SSD) and the touch input (modified build). We hope that it is no longer the same contrast and viewing angle poor screen as in the SVT-1311M1ES. 


Performance

The Vaio SVT-1312V1E/S sports Intel's Core i5-3317U (2x 1.7 GHz).   It is the most frequently used midrange ultrabook processor. In view of the prior test, the i5 practically replaces the Core i3-2367M (Sandy Bridge). The i5 CPU can increase its clock to 2.6 GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0, which should include a significant increase in processing power in contrast to the i3. However, an adequately sized cooling system that can quickly discharge waste heat even during load is always essential. Sony also has the i3-3217U (1.8 GHz, no Turbo) and i7-3517U (1.9 GHz, Turbo) in its range.

Sony relies on either a 500 GB HDD + 32 GB SSD (cache) or an SSD with 128 / 256 / 512 GB capacity storage device. A steep surcharge of 1150 Euros (~$1513) is demanded for the latter. We are testing a reasonably priced model for 885 Euros (~$1164). It features the 128 GB SSD from ADATA (AXM14S3-128GM-B). The storage is inserted as an mSATA module and the 2.5-inch SATA slot is empty. Update 12/3/2012: according to Sony, a second SSD or HDD cannot be inserted in the empty slot - although the SATA connector is installed. 

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Sony Vaio Ultrabook

  • Brand: Sony
  • Product Code: Product 19
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $820.00


Tags: sony pro, sony vaio duo