Sony is one of the most premium brands in the UK when it comes to laptops, and the “Vaio” lettering plastered on to all Sony laptops lets consumers instantly know that the laptop in the hands of the individual sat across from them is by Sony. Through portable designs, decent build quality and competitive specifications aimed at predominantly media, Sony has been able to keep up with the laptop market over the past 5 years despite there being a massive change in consumer interest.
Now whilst Sony is thought of as a premium brand whom attach high price tags to the wide majority of their machines, the Japanese company has acknowledged that there is a market out there for people on a budget. It is with this in mind that Sony recently (June, 2012) released the Sony Vaio T Series laptops, dubbed as Sony’s first affordable Ultrabook series.
There are two different T Series models on offer from Sony; the T11 Series laptop and the T13 Series laptop. Today, we are going to be taking a closer look at the T11, an Ultra-portable which has great reviews online from real consumers.
Sony’s T Series Ultrabooks were released in June, 2012, with a shipping date from the 5th. Since then, the Ultrabook series has enjoyed decent reviews from technology experts and consumers alike, with a solid 9.0 /10 on review website Revoo.
Sony Vaio T11 Ultrabook
The T11 Ultrabook is one of the most portable Ultrabooks money can buy currently. Sporting an 11.6″ VAIO Display with a resolution of 1366×768 (plenty of pixels for such a small display), images and videos look sharp whilst the dimensions of the laptop further sweeten the overall small package. In line with Intel’s Ultrabook requirements, the Vaio T11 is sub-1-inch in thickness (0.84″ to be exact) however extremely well built as to not feel tacky.
The Sony Vaio T11 Ultrabook comes with a 1.3 Megapixel Exmor front facing shooter for webcam usage, an SD/MMC memory card slot and xLOUDTM and Clear Phase sound enhancements. As for connectivity, you can find WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port for USB charge function, and HDMI output.
Also of note is the storage on the Ultrabook. This particular machines boasts a hybrid of SSD and HDD drives, of which as standard there is a 500 GB HDD + 32 GB SSD.
As standard (base specification), the T11 Ultrabook ships with the following specs:
- Intel® CoreTM i3-2367M, 1.4GHz
- Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
- 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
- 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
- 29.4cm LCD 1366 x 768 + webcam
- Office 2010 Starter + Acrobat
- No protection
- McAfee Online Backup trial
- No Adobe Creation
- No Adobe® Lightroom 3
Also of note are the upgrades available. If the standard T11 specifications above do not interest you, you can upgrade the processor to i5 or i7 specification, max out the RAM to 8GB and increase the storage to 512GB SSD (not recommended, this costs more than the laptop itself).
Overall the T11 Series Ultrabook is best served in its base, low-cost specification with an i3 processor and 4G of RAM. With a £629.99 basic price tag attached to it, the Sony T11 is Sony’s most affordable Ultrabook yet, however if you need a bit more screen size you could always get the T13 Ultrabook (which rocks a 13.3″ display).
For more information on this laptop, visit the official Sony page (non affiliate).