The new Vaio Pro line, with 11-inch and 13-inch models, are aimed squarely at Apple’s MacBook Air, and the Vaio Pro’s trump card is an optional extended battery that can keep the 11-inch model going for as long as 25 hours on a single charge. The 13-inch model can go for up to 18 hours on its own extended battery. Even without the extended battery, these new models put up more than decent numbers — MacBook Air-beating numbers, accoring to The Verge.
Specs-wise, the new Vaios are roughly the same as the corresponding MacBook Airs in terms of size and thickness, but lighter because of their carbon fiber frames. They run on the the new power-sipping Haswell chips, have SSDs, and 1080p screens. The two other notable specs are the NFC chip, and the tiny WiFi router built into the power brick; you plug an ethernet cable into the brick and it provides a network connection to the Vaio via WiFi. Price-wise, they’re also comparable with the MacBook Air.
The Verge thinks that the new Vaio Pro models are the closest that Windows laptops have come to the MacBook Air, though they dinged the review units they got for build-quality issues, specifically with the keyboard and the WiFi.
Too bad these new Vaios are not yet available locally, and we’ll also have to wait and see whether Apple will update the MacBook Air with Haswell processors to be able to judge whether they’re the MBA-killers the Windows world has been waiting for.
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