Sony Vaio Pro 13 (SVP13212SGBI)


On 2014-02-13 I went to collect the laptop from these guys, which I paid around R12500 (~$1200) for. It's a 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, FHD model. I would have happily paid for more RAM and storage, but this seems the only model available in my home country. I am glad that it's also not a touch screen... I don't need the reflection.

Anyways, there was much pain involved trying to get it to work. I struggled to get Debian booting, and I don't know what I did wrong because after a few attempts of trying this and that, things worked. And man, that SSD is fast: it takes 6-7 seconds to GUI login screen. Package installation is also insane fast.

There was much pain trying to get audio to work. Luckily I got some help, where I needed to change two lines in /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf:

defaults.ctl.card 1
defaults.pcm.card 1

VLC video didn't work well either, but I needed only change Video Output to OpenGL GLX video output (XCB), and all was well.


I am now going to check how this machine compares to these others.


$ uname --all
Linux thome 3.12-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.12.9-1 (2014-02-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux
$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | sed --quiet '5p'
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60GHz

CPython build (changeset b6a1a78818fe):

$ make distclean; time (./configure && make --silent --jobs=4)
real    1m52.372s
user    3m12.460s
sys     0m6.764s

CPython test suite:

$ time ./python -m test --multiprocess=0
real    3m34.582s
user    5m12.260s
sys     0m20.640s

Linux kernel build (commit 6e4664525b1d):

$ make distclean && make defconfig && time make
real    11m57.220s
user    11m1.544s
sys     0m38.260s

So the machine still doesn't compare with my work machine, a ~2 year-old desktop. It is faster than my old laptop as expected, and comparable to the DigitalOcean VPS, no surprises there. The storage is a lot faster though... I've seen sustained read speeds of ~500MB/s.