Sony have been around in the gadget world for as long as we can remember. They strike back, this time with a laptop. Namely a model which they called $849 VAIO SVT13114GXS. We tested a lot of the company’s products in the past, but this one is among their worst. It fails to rise up to the many expectations its manufacturer boasted to have. For a clearer picture on why we say this, read our following review.

Intel i5 processor

At least the VAIO SVT13114GXS has a list of specs which include the following: a 13.3-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive (featuring a 32GB SSD as a hard drive cache), a third-generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U CPU, 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti discrete graphics card, a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

There is not much to say for its connectivity options, because there are simply so few of them. We counted 1 HDMI-out, 1 headphone jack, 2 USB ports (1 of them is a 2.0, the other is a 3.0), 1 multi-in-1 card reader, 1 VGA-out and 1 gigabit Ethernet port.

Even if you will see that its performance is not the best, we gotta admit that this ultrabook’s design is great. The insides are made of aluminum and the outside contains the same material, but in a silver finish. Another element that is made of aluminum is the device’s keyboard deck. The thickness of the SVT13114GXS is 0.71″.Sony-VAIO-SVT13114GXS

Good sound quality

Coming back to the laptop’s front, the 13.1″ LED screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is glossy. Crispness is the right word when describing the text we saw on this display. Videos had great quality and colors were almost perfect. Brightness is not a pro on this model.

It is known that not all laptops have great sound quality. The latest Sony is an exception to this rule. The quality of sound that its speakers pump out is more than what we expected. Moreover, the headphone jack surprised us with its clean audio quality.

This review was written on a very nice keyboard. The buttons on it were very easy to press. And the response they delivered was great. Every laptop comes with a trackpad. The one that we played with thankfully allowed us to perform multitouch gestures. What it lacked were mouse keys. But, despite that, we enjoyed the fact that it provided us with accuracy and comfort.

6 hours is the overall amount of juice you will get from this laptop’s battery. It is not enough for more demanding activities. But, hey, it’s still good compared to what we’ve seen in our tests. So we won’t complain. That much.

Review conclusion

While it is true that the market is full of ultrabooks which are far better than the Sony VAIO SVT13114GXS, it is equally true that this model should not be forgotten on a shelf. Its design is very appealing and it greatly makes up for what is happening under the hood. Which is not all that dramatic. In the end, it all depends on what you, as a consumer, want to experience. Because if you are after things like great sound quality, an attractive display, lovely looks, a great keyboard, then you will be happy with this version. If you want more, then don’t concentrate on the VAIO SVT13114GXS.