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VAIO, the former PC division of Sony, is back to disrupt the market, or at least attempt to do so. One of its comeback devices is the VAIO A12, a 12.5-inch convertible that may have a tough time justifying its lofty price. Read on to find out how the A12 performs in our tests and whether it can trouble other 12.5-inch 2-in-1s such as the Surface Pro. Update: Weight error fixed.
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 93% features: 99% display: 81% mobility: 85%
Model: Once the industry leading, Sony’s Vaio laptops set the benchmark for ultra portability, gaming performance and durability in the Windows platform. However, since their downfall a few years back, Vaio has been just a few laptops focused in a specific region. They are now growing back to compete with the younger brands. The Vaio A12 is a 2-in-1 laptop, which can be used as a laptop or a tablet. VAIO A12 is a model entirely manufactured at VAIO’s headquarters in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. To ensure the highest quality possible, crucial parts like the aluminum alloy palm rest and components that require high precision during assembly such as touchpad and keyboard are all carefully processed by the factories in the country. The VAIO A12 features a touchscreen and a detachable keyboard, making it possible to transform to fit the user’s habits and usage. Smart designs such as the VAIO Stabilizer Flap, reverse hinge and natural slanting angle keyboard exemplify VAIO’s DNA. The ultra-lightweight detachable screen weighs only 623 g, far lighter than other 12-inch tablets. It is only 7.4 mm thick, making it easy to be popped into a briefcase and carry around with no hassle. The keyboard is made with highly durable material, each keycap of the VAIO A12 is precision-engineered on the keyboard for greater comfort while minimizing annoying typing noises at the same time. The surface of each keycap is coated with specially developed high abrasion resistance UV coating that keeps the keys durable and clean. Fluoride in the coating also mitigates smudge and keeps the keyboard as good as new even after prolonged usage.
The VAIO A12 meets real-world needs and is compatible with both old and new standards. On the side of the screen is a USB Type-C port while the keyboard houses an HDMI, VGA, LAN, three USB ports, an SD card slot and many more, providing all necessary connections. In addition, HDMI, VGA and USB Type-C (video interface) can work at the same time and output content on three different screens simultaneously together with the tablet screen. Featuring the 8th generation Intel Core processor, the VAIO A12 delivers higher performance and power efficiency in a lightweight aluminum-stainless steel alloy chassis that effectively disperses heat generated by the CPU. VAIO’s unique efficient cooling system eliminates the need for a fan. The device has built in 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD suitable for users who need constant multitasking or handle multiple high-resolution images or videos. Its 12.5-inch LCD screen feature Full HD resolution (1.920 × 1.080 pixels). Thanks to the IPS LCD technology, the VAIO A12 provides images of higher brightness and contrast with a wider viewing angle. The glass panel adheres to the LCD with optical resin that brings out the best on the screen by showing the images of their highest quality. As a conclusion, the Vaio A12 is a great 2-in-1 laptop that promises quality, portability, performance and comfort in using. However, the Vaio A12 is quite high in price tag, thus making it more suitable for business users who have the budget and always require a lightweight device for presentations on the go.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa RajarathnamIntel UHD Graphics 615: Integrated graphics card in some Amber Lake Y-series processors (5 Watt TDP) with 24 EUs (GT2) and no dedicated graphics memory. Clocks with up to 1000 MHz depending on the CPU Model. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
8500Y: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for tablets and fanless notebooks based on the Amber Lake architecture which is basically a Kaby Lake chip produced in the improved 14nm+ process (no 14nm++) with higher clock speeds and 5 Watt TDP. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.5 - 4.2 GHz with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter. Fastest Amber Lake-Y chip at the time of announcement.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
87%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.