We never imagined the popularity of Sony laptops until we posted a totally unrelated article about the 2013 MBA being the best ultra in the world earlier this week. It seems that resulted in a flurry of e-mails questioning why the new Vaio Pro 13 wasn’t included in our analysis of the top Ultras money can buy. Who knew? After all the Vaio Pro 13 is of a carbon fiber exterior, weighing in at only 2.37 lbs, can be equipped with an Intel i7 processor and 8GB RAM, has an IPS screen and is one of the very few to be using a brand new Samsung PCIe SSD that’s performance falls just short of that elusive 1GB/s mark. Say what???
Yes that’s absolutely correct, the little known Sony just may be one of the most powerful ultrabooks on the planet right now and we hadn’t a clue. It was only after searching around that I found my good friend Lisa Gade’s review of the Sony Vaio Pro 13 where her Crystal DiskMark performance result displayed 978MB/s read transfer speeds. Many may not know it but Lisa helped us get things off the ground when we first started in the website business with some fine advise that paid great dividends. But that’s neither here nor there right now…back to MPCIe SSDs!
There you have it. I will be the first to admit that I am not really happy with the write performance but that is only a 128GB SSD with all the spamware of a new system which draws performance down considerably. I would bet a 256/512GB system will be right up there, beating out my trusty 2013 MBA to be top SSD performance dog on the block! What I am curious about is whether this is the elusive Samsung XP941 we spoke of earlier that just might be capable of speeds of 1.4GB/s given a little care and fine tuning.