Sony Vaio T13 ultrabook offers good performance for its price: Review

Sony Vaio T13 is one of the cheapest ultrabooks that are present in the market. It does not carry all the latest components, but delivered enough performance for office applications, Internet and video. And it takes almost 5 hours on battery.

Vaio T13

Sony enters in the market with the Vaio T13 ultrabooks. By the admission of certain representatives of the brand, the Japanese manufacturer is not very fond of this type of machine and does not believe frankly. Specialist high-end ultrabooks, but Sony has the view of the slew of ultrabooks less than € 1 000. And up to some extent Sony made it possible to bring something new with an affordable price tag. Sony had to release an ultrathin laptop like all its competitors. Sony put on the price of 750 € for Sony Vaio T13 ultrabook.


The design of the Vaio T13 ultrabook (SVT1311M1E / O) points out – by far – the series of laptops Vaio Z and S Sony. The chassis of this unit to 13.3-inch screen is slightly profiled back and pretty well finished. The cover is faux brushed aluminium, meanwhile, succeeded. In addition, the silver plastic that covers the rest of the machine is of good quality. In weight, the scale indicates more than 1.5 kilograms, making it one of the heaviest ultrabooks market. On the flanks, the connector set consists of a USB 2 port, a 3 USB port, two video outputs (HDMI and VGA), a Gigabit Ethernet jack plus a multi-format card reader and integrated Wi-Fi N / Bluetooth 4.0.

Vaio T13
The opening of the screen causes a slight tilt of the machine forward, a position that is more comfortable for users, and shows the black chiclet keyboard is not backlit and the machine. It occupies all the space allocated correctly and offers good typing feel if somewhat hard. As for the touchpad, it is well sized and click button without apparent.

A bright and faint

To display the Windows 7 and programs, Sony uses a 13.3-inch 1366 by 768 pixels which the slab is anti-glare treatment. In other words, it remains bright, but takes a little less light. Nevertheless, it remains little exploited in a sidewalk cafe unless you push the brightness – a bit feeble (182 cd / m²) – maximum. However, the contrast ratio, it is good (1072:1). Black color rendering is excellent.

A simple and effective ultrabook

Like any good ultrabook, the Vaio T13 SVT1311M1E / O loads an Intel dual core and low consumption. However, for the price of 750 €, Sony can not play the card of novelty. The Japanese therefore opts for a second-generation Core i3 (SandyBridge) to “traditional” i5 art (Ivy Bridge) which calls on all machines ultrabooks. The processor thus has no Turbo mode (increased frequency of hearts on the fly) which you can see on some tests and applications on a little system resource intensive (photo editing, for example). In terms of memory Sony provides the standard amount (4 GB). In addition, the Japanese remains modest about the graphics, provided by the internal controller of the processor (Intel Graphics HD 3000). For storage, the Vaio T13 features a traditional hard drive with 320 GB supported by a module of 12 GB SSD serving as a cache. The alliance works well and gets SSD drive performance upwards.
A blower overactive

Enclose components in a frame of 1.9 cm results in forcing some inconvenience, including noise. The big problem with all Vaio PC is, for our sensitive ears, the sound of the ventilation. The Vaio T13 is no exception to the rule (36 dB minimum and maximum 41.8 dB). Even during our test of autonomy is to read a film loop of the machine, the fan is in action. The temperature did not climb to 43 ° C unless under the machine, but the hands are kept at room temperature (29 ° C). Hopefully Sony so quickly updated (thanks to automated Vaio Care program) to improve the management of the fan. Side autonomy, the delivered battery allows the machine to hold almost 4 hours and 45 minutes of video playback, a good score which is explained by the low consumption of the machine (10.2 watts 35.5 watts at rest against active).


The Sony Vaio T3 ultrabook modest, but it does what you request. Its screen brightness and lack of ventilation deserves to be silenced or at least better managed. We only regret that Sony did not choose the latest components for its ultrabook because performance will be affected. In fact, the T13 does not fight on equal terms with other ultrabooks market, but the price is very attractive for a Sony product.


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