SONY VAIO Duo 11 Convertible Touch Ultrabook Review
29 April 2013
Excerpt: [dropcap]I[/dropcap]s it a bird… is it a TABLET… is it a Notebook? It’s a SONY ULTRABOOK!! Seriously… this thing is pretty cool. In fact, it is to date probably the best implementation of touch screen and Windows 8 I’ve seen. The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is thin enough and small enough to be a very usable field tablet, and powerful enough and feature rich enough to pull of the whole notebook thing incredibly well.
Conclusion: The Vaio Duo 11 is fast, portable, great looking and we love the 1080p display, not to mention the digital pen with pressure sensitivity. It's quickly become one of my favorite Windows 8 machines. If you're looking for a decked-out Ultrabook-convertible, the Sony has everything for a relatively reasonable price: a bright IPS 1080p display, fast Intel Core i5 and i7 ULV CPUs, fast SSD drives and plenty of ports including full size HDMI, VGA and wired Ethernet.
Pros: Superb 1080p IPS touchscreen, has digital pen, compact and light, plenty of ports and wireless features.
Conclusion: But unless you're absolutely intent on carrying a dedicated keyboard with you wherever your tablet goes, and you don't care about optimal typing comfort, we're not sure the VAIO Duo 11 is the best option. The world is about to be flooded with Windows 8 hybrid devices. Admittedly, we haven't had a chance to review any others yet, but we've seen more than a few of them behind closed doors, and some will feature roomier, more comfortable keyboards than the keys found on the...
Conclusion: The Duo 11 has a stonking screen and delivers an impressive performance. It shows off Windows 8 to best effect but while the sliding screen mechanism is distinctive, it won't be for everyone. This being Sony, it's no bargain, but if you want a hybrid tablet/laptop that will turn heads for style as well as performance, it's definitely worth a look.
Pros: Dual tablet/laptop, terrific HD touch screen, powerful processor, full Windows 8
Cons: Not cheap, sliding mechanism doesn't seem sturdy, no storage for stylus
Sony’s tablet slides up to become a fully-fledged laptop
Good Gear Guide.au
5 August 2013
Summary: Sony’s VAIO Duo 11 slider has all the power of an Ultrabook in an innovative form factor. We like the versatility the slider offers, and the inclusion of plenty of ports means the Duo 11 is one of the first potential business tablets we’ve tried. The slider design is by no means perfect, though.
Pros: Excellent performance for a tablet, Convenient slider design, always-ready keyboard, Excellent integrated connectivity
Cons: Restrictive slider design, Unnecessarily busy design, Nowhere to store digitiser pen
Excerpt: The launch of Windows 8 has helped spawn a host of touchscreen computing devices from several manufacturers, including those that play a dual role - that of a laptop and of a desktop. Sony's VAIO Duo 11 is one such, but technically, this is a laptop, because the computing hardware is present under the keyboard, rather than in the screen as would be the case with a tablet.
Pros: Dazzling Full HD touchscreen; Fast performance; Looks good; Backlit keyboard; Noise cancelling headphone included.
Cons: Keyboard lacks ergonomics due to awkward form factor; No touchpad; Expensive.
Conclusion: The 11.6-inch screen has a surrounding black bezel which adds several centimetres to the overall size. Not uncommon for a laptop, although the left and right-side bezels are rather wide; indeed it appears that a larger visible screen could have been fitted into the Duo 11's given space. The upward facing touchsreen is responsive to the touch - though not particularly accurate for precise work - and the 1920 x 1080 resolution is sharp and bright.
Conclusion: De Sony VAIO Duo 11 is al op het eerste oog een uniek apparaat. Het Japanse bedrijf combineert met de VAIO Duo 11 eigenschappen van tablets en ultrabooks met elkaar. Het moeilijke hiervan is echter wel dat het eindresultaat dan eigenlijk het beste van twee werelden moet bieden en daar is Sony maar deels in geslaagd. Zo heeft de VAIO Duo 11 een Full HD-scherm, een prima bouwkwaliteit en de meegeleverde stylus is van prima kwaliteit.
Pros: Full HD-scherm;, Goede bouwkwaliteit;, Goede prestaties;, Goede stylus;, Zowel ultrabook als tablet..
Cons: ..maar niet het beste van twee werelden;, TrackPoint en toetsenbord niet ideaal;, Scherm niet naar smaak te kantelen;, Sensor in scherm niet goed gekalibreerd;