Sony VAIO SVT13114GXS Review: Attractive Ultrabook Lacks in Performance, Display, and (pcba) Audio

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It’s interesting that Sony describes the VAIO SVT13114GXS as an Ultrabook that’s designed to contain “all the connectivity ports that other Ultrabook laptops may lack,” when it contains only two USB ports–both located right next to each other. Sure, it might have VGA- and HDMI-out ports, too, but that doesn’t make up for the systems myriad issues.

This business-oriented Ultrabook is pretty and light, but if you’re thinking about purchasing it, you really need to know what your priorities are. It has below-average general performance, a dim screen, and a clean-but-quiet headphone jack, but it also has an excellent keyboard and trackpad. So what’s really important to you?

Our review model, which costs $849 as configured, has a third-generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD as a hard drive cache. This VAIO Ultrabook also sports a 13.3-inch screen, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, and runs a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.

Performance

The VAIO SVT13114GXS (Sony really needs to work on its model names) performs a little below average for its class. In PCWorld’s WorldBench 7 benchmark tests, the VAIO scored a decent 126, meaning the system is 26 percent faster than our testing model , which has a second-generation Intel Core i5 desktop processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti discrete graphics card.

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Symantec spots two Android apps using

master key

vulnerability

Hackers are now using a critical vulnerability in Android to modify legitimate smartphone applications, putting users at risk of being spied on.

Security vendor Symantec wrote on Tuesday that it found two applications being distributed in Chinese Android marketplaces that have employed the master key vulnerabilities discovered earlier this month.

Both applications, used to find and schedule medical appointments, are legitimate but have been modified by hackers, Symantec wrote on its blog .

Inserted into the programs is code that lets an attacker remotely control an Android device and collect data such as phone numbers and the devices IMEI number. It can also deactivate some Chinese mobile security software programs.

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