As with most thin ultrabooks (convertible or not), port collection is best described as sufficient. You’ll find two USB 3.0 ports, a phone jack, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot array on the machine’s edges. There’s no room for “extras” such as an agitated Ethernet jack or VGA-out port, which appear to be joining FireWire and serial ports on the scrap heap of PC connectivity.
Another deserted design part is a removable battery. With the Flip 13, as with so many others, the power cell is sealed in, so there’s no exchange in a fresh battery when juice runs low.
Past the groundbreaking flip-action screen, the main feature of the Flip 13 is the screen itself. Feature edge-to-edge glass, the capacitive touch screen is very responsive. And different some devices, the panel also has a digitizer to accept pen input—Sony sells an Active Pen accessory ($40) that lets you jot notes and draw right on the panel.
The panel provide full HD resolution (1,920 * 1,080), which is grand for video enthusiast, as are the very broad presentation angles that come with in-plane switch (IPS) technology. Though, that high a pixel count crammed into a 13.3-inch panel can be a confront for Windows applications: on-screen text, icons, and other items are awfully small. For surfing the web or work in Word, expect to have the zoom level set to 175 percent.
We found color from the LED-backlit LCD to be principally rich and well-saturated, more so than on other screens we’ve tested newly. The panel’s brightness, though, was a bit lacking. In bright lighting conditions we found ourselves wanting for more lumens, and dimly lit scene in videos showed shadow areas that were totally black.