Sony VAIO Pro 11 Windows 8 Ultrabook

We are glad to hear about the release of the new Haswell as the fourth-generation processors of Intel, and better than these, the fast line-up of devices that come with it. Included in the shortlist of performers that promise an expected better battery life without compromise to performance is Sony’s new Pro 11 (and 13) of the VAIO series. For the company, it may sound like the new models are actually an auxiliary bridge to the reputed flagship VAIO Z which was a couple of years ago featuring featherweight portability and performing juice. The question now is, will the new Pro 11 be a contender as well?

The Sony VAIO Pro 11 was actually released and showcased together at the same time, and both of them are featured as the world’s lightest touch-enabled ultrabooks in its class. The Pro 11 actually weighs less than 2lbs, and incredibly, you get the most expected specs and hardware that should make you work and play when you’re away from your desk. That featherweight advantage is also complimented with a nice carbon fiber body, a polymer material that is highly reputed for being lightweight while sporting extravagant strength and shelf life.

Available in the black version as expected for the material, there’s also the silver version of it but with a brushed aluminum material for the wrist area of the keyboard deck. The carbon fiber material still stands out though, and adding to the spice is the metal VAIO logo of Sony on the lid, plus some green indicator lights for the power and the CAPS lock if it is on from its key. The Sony VAIO Pro 11 measures 12.68×8.5×0.68inches, making it not totally the thinnest. Moreover, the Pro 11 does not really look that pleasing to the mass, and takes full pledge to the tag ‘function over form.’

Opening the lid does not simply does the expected effect alone, but also adds a height to the back part of the deck, angling it up for a more comfortable wedge-style typing experience with the keyboard. The keyboard deck has a lot of flex actually on the center, but this should not matter that much. The same center point also suffers from a tolerable amount of heat when overclocking, but thankfully, the main vent does the tedious task and blows the heat off from the left side where the power port is also found. The clickpad is amply spaced and designed, and the palm rest area is comfortable and cool enough.

The Sony VAIO Pro 11 does not come with the most essential ports completely, though it has a full-sized HDMI without the VGA. The USB 3.0 ports also does the job for dongle-ing the external Ethernet port, which can be quite a hassle if you’d learn that this model is dated for not having a dual-band Wi-Fi for extra reliable surfing experience. There’s also the combo audio port sharing the same space with the USB ports, and if you are looking for a card reader, thankfully, there’s one slightly hidden below the front edge of the keyboard deck.

The Sony VAIO Pro 11 is available in few different configurations, but the most basic starts with a price of $1,149. This price may seem absorbing at first, but you actually get a good set of hardware such as a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 8, 4GB locked RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4400 for the graphics, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. The higher configurations may come with an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, Windows 8 Pro, and up to 256GB SSD. All versions come with a gorgeous Full HD TRILUMINOS IPS touchscreen, which is surely an eye-candy, included ArtRage Studio software for touch-drawing, and a ClearAudio+ audio enhancement.

The Sony VAIO Pro 11 will become a good seller for sure for its choice of parts and materials, and for being so lightweight while maintaining strength and battery life.

Sony VAIO Pro 11 Windows 8 Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 51,000.00

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