Sony Vaio T14 (SVT14117CXS)

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Overview

The Sony VAIO T13 (SVT1311W1E) was one of the first Ivy Bridge based Ultrabooks with the new Intel HD 4000 integrated Graphics chip. It comes like its sister models with 4GB RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS and a 13.3" display with a resolution of 1366x768. Unlike its sister models it doesn't come with a hybrid HDD/SSD but a true 128GB SSD.

Specifications for the Sony Vaio T14

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Sony
Model name Vaio T14
Model id SVT14117CXS
CPU type Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge)
CPU speed 1700 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD 4000
OS Windows 7
Display Size
13.3" 1366 X 768
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
RAM 4096 MB
SSD 128 GB
Hard Disk 320 GB
Weight 1500g / 52.9 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 323/18/99.9 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 12.7/0.7/3.9

Physical Interfaces
DC-in
Ethernet 10/100/1000
HDMI
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
SDXC (SDHC, SD Compatible)
USB2.0
USB3.0 (x1)
VGA

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
BT 4.0+ HSR
BT 4.0+ HSR
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Microphone
Multitouch Touchpad
Stereo speakers
WebCam 1.3Mp
Removable Battery

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Product Notes
The Sony Vaio T14 is nearly identical to the Vaio T13 except it adds an inch of screen space (note: still same 1366x768 resolution) and an optical drive. Unfortunately there's no extra USB port or dedicated graphics. The optical drive can be upgraded to a Blu-ray drive for an extra $100.


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