Conclusion: Sony's design for this hybrid Ultrabook is interesting and it does look elegant, even if there are a few teething problems that need to be worked out. But if having the flexibility to alternate between tablet and traditonal laptop mode means a lot to you, then you'll likely be willing to live with these issues. And there are plenty of pluses to overcome the minuses, such as great HD video and audio, the Active Clip function and the laptop's relatively light weight.
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Summary: At first blush, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 looks like a slick Windows 8 hybrid--and it is. We appreciate the bright and colorful full HD display and very fast boot time. However, this slider feels cramped as a notebook, too big as a tablet and has too short endurance for either type of device. We also have concerns about the durability of the screen as the Duo is thrown into bags (despite the Gorilla Glass treatment), and the fact that the stylus can get lost easily.
Pros: Bright and crisp full HD display, Accurate stylus, Fast SSD, Plenty of ports
Cons: Feels heavy in tablet mode, Short battery life, Keyboard feels cramped, Volume buttons hard to reach, No holster for pen
Conclusion: While there will be plenty of comparisons made in the coming weeks, the Sony Vaio Duo 11 doesn't make the best first impression for the emerging hybrid ultrabook category. As an ultrabook the Duo 11's awkward keyboard and short battery life hamper the productive potential it might have had. As a tablet, the design is uncomfortable and the short battery life cripples the convenience and entertainment value.
Pros: Gorgeous high-res IPS display, Solid performance benchmarks, Neat stylus with auto palm-rejection
Cons: Awkward design, Glitchy touchscreen, Short battery life