beautiful hardware, great form factor, but questionable build quality
Xiang Li "Xiang Li", Amazon
20 October 2013
Summary: cracked my surface pro screen awhile ago, and this is my replacement to the surface pro. this is more of an ultrabook compared to the tablet factor of the Surface pro. the slider design works really well and transforms from tablet to ultrabook very easily. the ergonomics while typing on the lap is great, identical to a regular laptop, as opposed to surface and type cover which you have to balance it meticulously as not to tip over.
Summary: I have been waiting for Sony to come out with a Windows based tablet. It is a great computer. I purchased it for my daughter for college and she says it does everything she needs it to. The touch responsiveness is great and she is loving Windows 8. The Sony also comes with a digitizer pen which was a big part of why we purchased this computer.
Summary: The Vaio Duo Thirteen laptop, has been known to be one of the best electronic device, especially for college students, but is also known to be an expensive product for some people. This laptop captures the attention of many hard working, full time college students due to the fact that not only it is a laptop, but is also a tablet as well.
Absolutely Fantastic... with some concessions given.
Quinn Schwartz, Amazon
9 October 2013
Summary: As a college student, I went into researching a laptop with a goal. I needed something decently powerful, light, and that had great battery life. On those 3 aspects, this Vaio knocks it out of the park. There are some querks, but most of them I was expecting and so I can't dock them for that. Pros: -Absolutely Beautiful Screen -Digitizer works beautifully (except in some situations which I'll go over later) - Incredibly light - Amazing battery life.
Summary: The design is fantastic and the touch screen is very sensitive. Compared to other ultra books that can split into a keyboard and a pad, this duo is more convinent. The average recovery time is below 3 sec, and the face recognization makes it even faster to log in. However, I think it can be made lighter since sony pro proved it possible to make a 13 inch ulttabook 1.03kg. Also, the screen is always outwards, which makes me a little worried.
Summary: It is a fine instrument and I would recommend it to others. Works well as a semi-desktop replacement and as a tablet. Touch screen is excellent. Good Brightness at all times. The dual core i7-4650u is a good match. It runs 1 VM near real time. The windows experience is limited by its' graphics, but its very reasonable. Consider it over the base chip and graphics. Notes to Sony and Others: With Haswell, I don't miss a 4-core. WiFi is one bar less than my old machine.
Summary: I wish I was warned before purchasing, the WI-FI is useless. You must be next to the Wi-Fi router to get a signal that will work. Walk a few steps away and forget it. I travel and I can't get WI-FI anywhere. Sony doesn't yet have a fix for this issue. Please search on the web for "Sony Vaio Duo WI-FI problem" to find the posts on Sony's website of the hundreds of people complaining and no reply from Sony. My solution was to buy a USB Wi-Fi devise for $10.
Summary: I have been using this machine for about 2 weeks now, and I can't bear to part with it. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks: - Screen angle does not tilt - I mostly use it in tablet format or docked to an external monitor. It hasn't really been too much of a drawback for me. - Wifi strength. This is well noted. I see some lags when watching Netflix, but otherwise it hasn't been an issue. - Stylus easily slides out of its holder.