Sony recently introduced the VAIO Pro 13, touted as the world's lightest 13.3" touch Ultrabook and designed for the road warriors who demand premium performance in an incredibly light, durable design. Translation: Watch out, MacBook Air!
Equipped with the latest fourth generation Intel Core processors ("Haswell"), up to a Core i7, the VAIO Pro 13 can handle the most demanding computing tasks and comes with state-of-the-art NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
The unit also draws on Sony's TV heritage of delivering the best possible picture quality. The unit's TRILUMINOS HD display(1920 x 1080) provides intense colors, reproducing reds, blues, and greens more accurately than other notebooks.
Sony also adds its picture engine for mobile devices, called X-Reality, which is known for drastically reducing noise in videos. Sony says the combination produces picture quality that exceeds Apple's Retina display.
The built-in webcam is also top-notch, and Sony's ClearAudio+ technology ties everything together with crystal clear sound. Local storage is provided by a PCIe SSD drive, new technology that runs circles around conventional SSD drives.
Even more impressive is the unit's carbon fiber construction. Weighing just 2.34 lbs., the sleek notebook features an aluminum palm rest design for maximum comfort while typing on the full-pitch keyboard.
Battery life is around 8 hours, but an optional extended sheet battery bumps that up to 13 hours. The extra hours, however, come at the cost of added heft and a bulkier form factor.
The full-size backlit, full-pitch keyboard with track pad provides comfortable typing, and instant PC resume technology ensures that the VAIO Pro 13 is ready for action in an instant. Also included is USB charging that works even when the computer is powered down or in sleep mode. In addition, a USB charging port is housed within the AC adapter.
Bundled software includes ArtRage Studio that makes painting easier for anyone who wants to paint or draw on their computer. For those who aspire to be the next Steven Spielberg, the unit also comes with VAIO Movie Creator.
By pressing the ASSIST button, you can effortlessly install and uninstall new software and drivers, quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, create restore and recovery media, and connect with a Sony expert via phone, chat or online.
Sony VAIO Pro 13 models come with a one-year limited warranty that includes in-home service. Models start at $1249, but a top-of-the-line version with a 8 gigs of RAM, 500GB SSD, and an Intel Core i7 processor can easily top $2,300. For more information, visit Sony.com.
MeMO Pad HD 7 — ASUS unleashes a bargain tablet for the masses
ASUS recently introduced the new MeMO Pad 7 HD, a 7-inch Android tablet with a 1280 x 800 IPS (in-plane switching) display, Micro-SD card slot (up to 32GB), 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera (capable of recording 720p video), 5MP rear-facing camera, 16GB of local storage, and free cloud storage, all for under $150.
Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2 ("Jelly Bean"), and 1GB RAM, the new 7-inch MeMO Pad is surprisingly smooth and responsive. The display has 170-degree viewing angles, and the device also features high-quality sound, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.
Just .425 inches thick and 10.7 ounces, the unit comes equipped with a lithium polymer battery that lasts for up to 10 hours. Also included is 5GB ASUS Lifetime Web Storage for free.
The device is available in five colors — black, gray, white, green, and pink -- and has an MSRP of $149 for 16GB. For more information, visit ASUS.com.