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Sony Vaio T-Series Windows 8 Touchscreen UltraBook available from £1000

The Sony Vaio T-Series SVT1312X1ES is yet another slightly disappointing Ultrabook whose price we expect to fall at a fairly rapid rate. At £1,000 from Currys, it is £200 more expensive than the Toshiba Z930, but other than an Intel Core i7-3517U processor (clocked at 1.9GHz with a 3GHz Turbo boost and 4MB cache) and a touch capable display, the rest of the specifications are below our expectations.

There’s 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 500GB hard disk drive and a 13.3in 1,366 x 768 display - the same sort of specs you would expect from an UltraBook costing half the price. There’s also a card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB ports, a webcam and a HDD shock protection feature.

Like most Ultrabooks on the market, the Sony Vaio T-Series SVT1312X1ES comes with the ability to wake up from sleep or hibernation mode in a matter of seconds and can remain in these modes for up to 30 days.

At 1.6kg and 19mm thick, it is almost 50 per cent heavier and 15 per cent thicker than the Z930. Note that it comes with Windows 8 Pro rather than Windows 8 (according to Currys’ link on the right hand side of the page) and its Lithium Ion battery can power it for up to seven hours.

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