My old HP laptop broke down in the middle of the night. Although I knew it could stop breathing anytime, I still had hopes that it would see the light of another year. A few transplants and some other common surgeries later, it insisted on leaving me. I held on to it, but sadly couldn’t do it much longer.
So, I decided to pamper myself with a lavish Christmas present. Since the time I had my first Sony phone, no other company has been able to replace the love and respect I have for it. Yes, it is love. Not at first sight, but at first experience of a gadget made by them. But, given the fact that Sony is always the “costly” choice, I had decided to give it a skip this time as I was hoping my old laptop would last another few months.
So, I zeroed in on the final Dell Model online because of the on-site warranty they offered. Given, the troubles I have had with HP, I had the on-site warranty on top of my must have features. So, Dell was the deal for me. Until I laid my hands on this baby called Sony Vaio Ultrabook. It just stole my heart away.
Silver is something with which, one can never go wrong. This masterpiece of a machine was quietly basking in glory and enjoying on-lookers attention before my eyes full of lust caught a glance. And there it was, in my hands within a minute.
- I couldn’t believe I was holding a laptop as it weighed just 1.6 kg. Finally, I found something that I can really carry around without burdening my shoulders and feeling like a school kid with an over-weight bag.
- I am not a big fan of the big 15″ screens as they mean a loss on the ‘portability’ factor. The 13.3″ LED screen has been doing a great job for me.
- Since it is a ‘Sony’ product,the sound has to be awesome! Compared it with the older HP as well and it wins by leaps and bounds.
- Core i3(2nd Gen) processor inside is fast and matches the requirements of a Home-PC. I am not into gaming, or programming(at home) so wasting money on an i5 or i7 wouldn’t have been a wise decision.
- Comes with 4GB Ram , which is more than enough for basic home needs and an unused slot as well.
- 500GB SATA HDD is all I would actually need for years to come. Given that I have a 1TB external, makes it even more easy to write that statement.
- 1.3 MP webcam and Sony’s inbuilt webcam software is a great combo.
- It is an ‘ultra-book’ in the real sense with more than 5 hour battery backup, even while watching movies.
- Comes with a Windows 7 Home Basic, up-gradable to Windows-8 for as less as Rs 750. I upgraded, used Win 8 for a while and reverted back to Win 7. More on that, some other time.
- The touch-pad is similar to one in Mac-Books. There are no right and left click-buttons. Instead the whole pad is click-able and left and right clicks are simulated according to the point on the pad being clicked. Slide horizontally through the touch-pad, using three fingers to go back and forward. Slide vertically through it, using two fingers to scroll up/down.
- USB 3 port enables data transfer in a jiffy. I have copied entire movies in seconds.
- Comes loaded with free VAIO software utilities.
- Power-Off USB Charging lets you charge your gadgets without even switching the laptop on!
- All this in Rs 39,500. I got a better deal though. My bargaining skills gave me this ultimate ultrabook in just Rs 38,000.
- No CD/DVR slot. But I don’t mind as I don’t use them either. Those things would get extinct soon.
- No dedicated volume control keys. But, given the smaller size, this is something that can be overlooked.
- Sony started their On-Site Warranty service – Cherry-on-the top!
So, my Christmas gift came wrapped in silver and has been my constant companion ever since.