Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook Clever design touches, light weight and good looks make the Sony Vaio Pro 13 worth waiting for if you’re out for a practical, portable laptop. If Sony’s battery claims ring true and its battery pack accessory is priced right, this could become one of the best Ultrabooks in town.The Sony Vaio Pro 13 weighs less than 2.4 pounds and uses a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor to deliver long battery life and very good everyday performance. It has an excellent 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen and is competitively priced for its features.the 13.3-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display is clearly the true star of the show. It’s immensely vibrant and bright, which makes it great for watching high-definition films and video, and the touchscreen is responsive and adds a new dimension to the Windows 8 interface.Battery life wasn’t quite what we were hoping for either. Sony claims battery life of up to seven hours – which can be increased to 18 hours with an optional battery pack – and we did get a respectable six hours and 20 minutes out of it when streaming video from BBC iPlayer.
But, The Pro 13, like its competition, has a nonremovable battery (though you can add an external battery), few ports and connections, and integrated graphics only. Memory maxes out at 8GB.
The bottom line: For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i7 ( Dual-Core )
Hard Drive512 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4400
Weight2.34 lbs price;$1,249 VS Samsung Ativ Q Samsung ATIV Q hybrid laptop will also come with the capability of being able to transform from a laptop to a tablet instantly, by smooth sliding. The design of the Samsung Ativ Q is impressive: with a 13.3-inch screen, it certainly feels more laptop than tablet, but the superbly high resolution display (QHD 3200x1800, which equates to a 275ppi) means that you'll be more than impressed whether you're checking out Windows 8 (the full-fat version, not the confusing Windows RT some users will have encountered) or Android 4.2.2. The Samsung ATIV Q is a powerful hybrid device. With an Intel Core i5 processor at its heart, the Q also features backing from Intel 4400 HD Graphics and 4GB of RAM. Windows 8 makes a good foundation for the Samsung ATIV Q, with Android present to provide some much needed glamour. Sadly, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is missing, leaving plain old Android to hold the fort. Keeping things running smoothly across the two platforms, Android apps can be pinned to the Windows 8 homescreen, creating seamless shortcuts between the two content levels. the Ativ Q comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus with 1024 levels of sensitivity and SideSync software which means you can use a smartphone or tablet as a second screen or have it mirrored on the larger display. The Ativ Q really comes into its own because of its dual-OS setup – Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean come pre-loaded. You can switch quickly and easily between the two with appropriate buttons and even share files such as the photo gallery. The ATIV Q is made mostly from magnesium, is admirably thin at 13.9 mm, and seems pretty solidly built. Its screen slides and tilts up to reveal the keyboard, but it then can also be flipped over to face the other way, kind of like a cross between the convertible designs of the Sony Duo 13 and Acer Aspire R7. Samsung ATIV Q also comes with an impressive specs sheet. The Samsung ATIV Q has a 13.3-inch display with a mind-blowing resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels. That results in a pixel density of 275 ppi, which is really impressive for a tablet of this size. According to Samsung, the display shines brightly enough to be usable outdoors. A Haswell-based Intel Core i5 processor delivers all the processing power, paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4400, all the while consuming a reasonable amount of energy. Samsung claims that the tablet should be capable of getting up to 9 hours of battery life. Storage-wise, there's up to a 256 GB solid-state drive tucked in there, although the actual amount of space available to the user should be less. Last but not least, there's a 720p front-facing camera outfitted for video chats. The Samsung ATIV Book Q is a hybrid with a completely new design, QuadHD+ (3200×1800) and weighing 1.2KG. Based on Haswell it should offer a lot of performance and great battery life. It comes with a dual operating system. Windows 8 and Android are provided with seamless switching making this a unique proposition. Price:$1500
VS Microsoft Surface Pro Making your mind up about the Surface Pro is less about what it is and what it does and more about what you want out of a tablet. As a hybrid PC it's an undeniable compromise - but that's no bad thing.The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above the competition.
But, The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default.
The bottom line: The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit); 1.7GHz IntelCore i5; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Sharedl) Intel HD 4000; 128GB Micron SSD Specifications
Display type10.6 inColor TFT active matrix - Yes
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Processor3rd Gen Core i5Intel
Wireless connectivityIEEE 802.11nIEEE 802.11bIEEE 802.11aIEEE 802.11g
Dimensions (WxDxH)0.53 in10.8 in 6.8 in
Weight903 g Price;$899.99