MBA 13" vs Sony Vaio Pro 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NickPhamUK, Aug 3, 2013.


Which machine is better?

  1. MBA 13" (2013)

    54 vote(s)
  2. Sony Vaio Pro 13"

    9 vote(s)
  1. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    I'm going to college soon, so what should I buy? They are of similar price range.

    1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
    Intel HD Graphics 5000
    4GB memory
    128GB SSD

    Vaio Pro 13"
    1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display
    1.5GHz dual-core Core i7 (Haswell) processor;
    4GB RAM;
    128GB PCIe SSD drive
    1.06 kg
    Windows 8 Pro
    NFC enabled touchpad

    I've seen them in person and they are both quality machines, well the MBA has a stronger iGPU, and nearly twice longer battery life (with similar usage), but the Vaio has a better screen, a little stronger CPU, a touch screen and is lighter and smaller. I'm used to both Mac OS and Windows.

    Although this is a Mac forum, I hope you folks could give me the most non-biased opinions possible. Many thanks. :)
  2. Memole macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Depends what you are looking for and what you need laptop for

    If you need more Windows specific apps and need to work more in windows os then go for sony vaio

    I have seen that sony vaio in person too its a lovely machine but it doesnt look durable IMO... What i like about sony vaio is nice screen resolution and that it have a IPS display but i dont like touchscreens on laptops :)

    since you said you are going to college i would recomend you MBA over sony vaio only because of battery life as MBA have better battery life and if you dont mind MBA screen then you are good to go :)

    but in other hand Sony vaio is more expensive than MBA so yet another reason why i would go for MBA over sony vaio :)
  3. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
  4. Fifteen20s macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    If your considering a Mac, OSX should be your prime consideration.

    If OSX is not a prime concern and your going to boot camp, your wasting money.

    If you want OSX the hard decision is which Mac model to get.
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    As someone who has owned a few Vaios, they're overpriced and fall apart shortly after purchase.

    Don't be lured by their specs as I once was.
  6. Louis XIV macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2013
    Bear in mind this is a forum dedicated to Apple products.
    Opinions will be biased.

    I do own neither maschine and in fact have never owned an Apple product before.
    I am here to inform myself about Macbook Airs as well.

    I read a review at (German section of which said the carbon case of the Vaio flexes a lot.
    It influenced the use of the keyboard negatively.
    Under load the fan is said to be very noticeably, more so than in the Air.
    Also while it offers an i7, do you execute any CPU intensive tasks?, the GPU of the Vaio is weaker than that of the Airs (HD4400 vs HD5000).

    On the other hand the IPS panel of the Vaio obviously is better than the TN panel of the Air.
    The Pro weights less than the Air and it offers a HDMI port.
  7. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    go for the Vaio - much better value for money and of course you get all that free software, together with malware, virus, and bloatware included for free :D
  8. Viantef macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Get the Vaio.

    - IPS Display is gorgeous
    - HDMI Port
    - Carbon Fiber (It can take a beating)

    I would have got the Vaio Pro if I wasn't going to learn iOS Development.
  9. beautifulcoder macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    The Republic of Texas
    The colors on the MBA are amazing. They pop out way more than anything I've ever used. Even though it is not retina it is the second best screen in the industry.
  10. Riker88, Aug 3, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013

    Riker88 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    Hmmm, I don't think you will find many people agreeing with you.

    I am also choosing between a MBA or the Vaio Pro/ Vaio Duo 13 inch as my next upgrade from a 2011 MBA. The screen of the MBA is the only negative compared to the Vaios for me. I'll probably wait for the Haswell MBP Retina and see what that offers.
  11. JollyJoeJoe macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2011
    Sorry bud, the screen on the air is downright atrocious for the money you pay. Cheapo TN panel no different to those used on $400 Acer notebooks. The colors don't pop at you, they wash out unless you are looking directly at the screen on eye level because the viewing angles are really bad.
  12. axi0m macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Just for the better screen alone I'd take the Sony. The MBA has a downright bad screen.
  13. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Thank god they didn't put a touch screen on my Air.

    The touchpad works brilliantly. I don't need nor want to keep poking my laptop screen. I have a dedicated touch device in my iPad Retina 64GB 3G.
  14. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    If you will bootcamp the macbook air and use windows a lot (like most of the time) then just get the Sony.

    If you want a Mac, and want to use OSX then get the Mac.
  15. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    If you're going to go Windows, I would look at comparable models from Lenovo or Toshiba. Sony Vaios are way overpriced for what they deliver, and their durability isn't nearly as good as they're hyped up to be.
  16. barrk macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2012
    People keep bitching about the macbook air screens but it looks fine to me, and to almost everyone I know. Maybe I just haven't used a computer with a really amazing screen and thats why but I have 0 issues with it.
  17. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    I beg to differ on the screen. Think the screen is nice, once adjusted. Colors are crisp, and sharp. Watch streaming Netflix movies and have enjoyed my 13" Air for 10 hours or more each day!! ;)
  18. NickPhamUK thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    He says it is bad compared to the Sony Vaio Pro. 1440x900 vs Full HD 1920x1080 on the same 13" screen, one does not need to be a CNET staff to understand which is apparently better.
  19. beautifulcoder macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    The Republic of Texas
    1080p does not make things better, it just makes things small.

    Well, it is not IPS but the viewing angles are excellent on the MBA (surely, I own one). Not sure what Apple is doing here but my MBA has much better colors than a "top of the line" Dell and HP monitor. I actually experience eye strain with these crappy monitors and the colors suck but that could just be crappy Windows. I also use a T420 with the best screen money can buy and a graphics card, it is pure cosmic suck compared to the MBA. Can't comment on Vaio but then who buys Sony these days, I hear the company is in really bad shape.
  20. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2013
    Toledo, Ohio
    What? Have you heard of the PS4?
  21. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    If your buying a windows laptop, get the Lenovo X1 Carbon for 1,384.65
    Better than the Sony, Asus, or Samsung.
    I would wait for Lenovo to start making Haswell laptops first. Worth the wait over the other windows choices.

    Personally I reccomend the Mac Air over the Lenovo. That's what I ended up with.
  22. axi0m, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013

    axi0m macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Eye strain is a different matter altogether. It often has little to do with the colors/contrast or viewing angles. A lot more important is whether the screen is glossy or matte, how it reflect/deflects light and the brightness levels, I for one find glossy screens like that on the Air easier for the eyes.

    That being said you sound like an avid Apple fan with little objectivity in the way: "crappy Windows", "who buys Sony". I am discussing the quality of the screen panel that is all. And you absolutely can't compare a TN panel to an IPS, and a bad TN panel is obvious and I am sorry to say but the Air has a bad TN panel. I have perfect vision and don't need someone on a forum telling me how much better the screen on their air compared to some top of the range 1080P+ IPS panels that some PC's now sport, that's delusional ! I come up to a bunch of MacBook Air's in the store and they're all washed if I move my head away a tad too many degrees off the center point along any axis, the text is fuzzy and not crisp, the colors/contrast so so. And these are not some subjectively perceivable differences, they are in your face literally.
  23. .eric macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Get the MBA. Sony is a crap company and they make crap products.
  24. Memole macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Actually Sony is not a crap i do own apple products but in fact Sony does make nice products and they are also innovative same as apple i have at home iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z and I like Sony Xperia Z a lot more than iPhone 5 now i know everyone is going to Boo at me but i don't like fanboys people need to be realistic... Unless you are working for Apple :D

    Sony Vaio Pro 13 is a nice product and it have better screen than MBA and better screen resolution... And Apple since rMBP line started to make laptops with a IPS screen and if Apple didnt make a IPS screen laptop i wouldnt buy rMBP 15"... Also I took a risk buying rMBP 15" because there are many reports of IR on rMBP and other flaws so i guess you could call Apple a crapple crap company... and does that make Apple a crap company because of some flaws they had? I guess not, because all companies have good production and bad production and nothing is perfect and besides no company is a chairity organisation they are here to earn (take) money from us
  25. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011

    I agree, Sony makes great quality lcd panels. :)

    Are we talking about computers or home entertainment systems ?

    Computer wise Apple or Lenovo is the way to go.

    For a nice movie experience a Sony panel is a great choice. I know because I own one.

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