In the second half of last year, VAIO made a model that is quite cost-effective: Shi-14.
It is packed with an 11-generation low-voltage Core processor and an NVIDIA GTX1650Ti graphics card in a 14-inch body with a weight of 1.4KG. At that time, 14 inches was originally a niche size in the notebook camp, and the combination of low-voltage processors and mainstream games was even more niche. All in all, the whole route of the Shi 14 device seemed strange, but very Reasonable: a fairly light body, decent performance, and decent price, making it a panacea product. It can move, work, and play games.
It was also during this period of time that in addition to the mainstream categories of thin and light business notebooks, student notebooks and game notebooks, designers have become a new popular category. To some extent, this category is between the previous three categories and is more than thin and light business. This book is powerful, more productive than a student book, and portable and lighter than a game book. Although not explicitly stated, Shi 14 probably belongs to the category of the designer.
At the same time when Intel released the 11th generation standard pressure processor, VAIO launched an upgraded version of the Shi 14: the Shi 14 Pro. The main upgrade point is to replace the original 11-generation low-voltage processor with a more powerful 11-generation standard pressure processor, and at the same time provide a 32GB+2TB top-of-the-line version.
The look and experience reproduced yesterday
Because the two models share the same mold, we really can't distinguish the difference in appearance, and even putting them on both ends of the balance does not necessarily distinguish between male and female.
And appearance is not the main selling point of the Shi 14 series. After all, they are not business notebooks that represent identity and taste, nor are they game notebooks full of RGB lighting. As mentioned earlier, they are positioned as "workbooks."
This one in my hand happens to be the top version of the Servant 14 Pro:
- Processor: Intel's 11th generation Core i7-11370H, quad-core and eight-thread, the default main frequency is 3.3Ghz, and the turbo frequency is 4.8GHz
- Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz
- Hard Disk: 2TB PCIe SSD
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX1650Ti, video memory 4GB/ Intel Iris Xe set display
- Battery: 120W AC power adapter, 49Wh four-cell battery
- Screen: 4K resolution IPS display, color gamut 100% sRGB
When the iPad Pro appeared, many entrepreneurs said that this device is very good, it is an ideal office equipment, indeed, for business executives who do not need to do a lot of input and output work, more are notes and review work. , IPad Pro is naturally very easy to use.
For a striker, what kind of quality do they need to work?
The performance is of course the stronger the better, and then the memory is larger. I just checked the computer I use for daily work. Chrome opened ten web pages, and then linked to WeChat and Enterprise WeChat. The 32GB of memory took up about 30%. This means that for a person with moderate office intensity like me, a computer with 8GB of memory is not enough. 16GB is just right, and 32GB of memory is safer.
So this time it is complementary to upgrading to a standard pressure processor. Users can also choose the 32GB memory version to meet the needs of heavy work.
As the traditional art of VAIO notebook, it is natural that the complete interface is indispensable, because this notebook does not have the ultimate pursuit of thickness, so there is a good space to put more interfaces:
- RJ45 wired network port × 1
- Thunderbolt 4 interface (USB Type-C), can be connected to video, can be charged, can transmit data × 1
- Non-Raiden USB Type-C × 1
- USB 3.1 Type-A × 2
- 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo interface × 1
- HDMI video interface × 1
- SD card slot × 1
For workers, the two most intimate interfaces are the Thunderbolt 4 interface and the SD card slot. The former can make external monitors and data transmission efficient, and the latter is very friendly to photographers and editors, even now. Many cameras have WiFi transmission function, but in terms of efficiency and speed, it's easy to plug in the card directly.
Like Shi 14, its 4K version screen has also passed the calibration of professional color agency Pantone, with 100% sRGB color gamut, image and design workers can give priority to this version.
In terms of other details, the Servant 14 Pro has not changed much. It has a pretty good keyboard input and touchpad experience, as well as face unlocking that supports Windows Hello, dual-fan three-heat pipe cooling specifications, etc., everything is the same as it The little brother is exactly the same. Especially the good heat dissipation, and the fan sound when the performance is fully released, there is a feeling of awakening memory.
So what is the difference?
For the vast majority of users, in daily use, it is actually impossible to distinguish the difference between the Shi14 and Pro models. This difference may be mainly reflected in the configuration table displayed by the software or the running software.
The previous low-voltage version of the CPU used i5-1135G7 and i7-1165G7. Now the standard-voltage version uses i5-11300H and i7-11370H. The official claims that the performance of the standard-voltage i7-11370H will be 25 higher than the low-voltage i7-1165G7. % Around.
The running score can slightly reflect a little overall performance gap. For example, on PCMark 10, the running score of the i7-11370H 14 Pro will be a little higher than the i7 14 Pro.
In performance mode, the Shi 14 Pro can run to 5667, and the last time I ran on the Shi 14 was 5379. The higher is higher, but it is not the absolute performance gap. The reason why you can't open up too much gap, here is a guess that may be in the 14-inch fuselage, the performance release strategy of the Shi 14 Pro may be a little conservative.
And in the 3DMark running score, which tests the performance of the graphics card. There is no difference between the two computers at all, and the scores are around 3750.
What really shows the gap is software like Cinebench R20, which purely tests CPU performance. In Cinebench R20, the i7-11370H of the VAIO 14 Pro can run with a multi-core 2428 and a single-core 582, which is better than i7-1165G7. Generally, the scores for multi-core 1900+ and single-core 450+ are much better.
In Cinebench R23, i7-11370H is also a bit higher than the low-voltage i7 of the same generation.
If I have to find another difference, then the performance of this 2TB hard drive version of the SSD in my hand is much better than the previous one.
Therefore, the final conclusion we reached is that the main performance gap between the Shi 14 and the Shi 14 Pro in the same grade configuration is in the CPU. Frankly speaking, the performance of the i7-1165G7 is actually not bad, and the i7-11370H performs better. If the user chooses the standard pressure, he will ask for a higher performance limit, and play games and cut videos more at ease.
In fact, although there is a distinction between Pro, the entry price of the two is not clearly distinguished. The low-voltage i5+16GB+512GB is priced at 5999 yuan, while the standard i5+16GB+512GB is priced at 6,499 yuan.
The complete body of a 14-inch performance thin and light notebook?
To some extent, it can be said that the current Shi 14 Pro is completely integrated. It seems that the mold of this notebook is designed for standard pressure products, and the most handy combination with GTX1650Ti is naturally a standard pressure processor. .
Of course, if i7-11370H is replaced with Ryzen 7 5800HS, it will be a killer, but unfortunately, I can’t change it.
In fact, we can see a new way out for 14-inch notebooks on the computer of the Servant 14 Pro. As mentioned earlier, the designer’s laptop is positioned to be more powerful than business laptops and more portable than gaming laptops, so naturally its size is larger than 12 or 13-inch business laptops, and smaller than 15 or 17-inch game laptops. Naturally It falls on the 14-inch size that is centered in space.
At this size, plugging in a standard pressure processor and mainstream independent display is just right, enough to cope with the high-quality and smooth running of online games such as "Overwatch" and "CS:GO", and it can also run in low-to-medium quality. Play with stand-alone masterpieces like "Assassin's Creed: Hall of Valor" and "Tomb Raider: Shadow", this is the sense of security brought by the standard pressure processor.
The reason is that the CPU manufacturing process is actually coming up now. The i7-11370H is Intel’s first 10nm standard processor, with 4 cores and 8 threads. The TDP is not high, and it is not unrestrained in heat generation, so it does not need exaggerated heat dissipation. Configuration and space.
In terms of 14-inch performance, there are actually more expensive and heavier but stronger options like the Phantom 14. Compared with the Shi 14, it is to sacrifice wallet and portability in exchange for stronger performance.
Therefore, in the size of 14 inches in the future, we are expected to see more manufacturers invest product resources to create more choices. After all, making a notebook is a balanced art, and this size is just the current balance between performance and portability.
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