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...
Excerpt: Sony’s Duo 11 is one of that strange new breed of hybrid Windows 8 devices that can be used as either a tablet or a laptop computer. It’s certainly an attractive looking device, with an excellent high-definition, touchscreen. However, the method that Sony has chosen for switching between laptop and tablet modes isn’t as elegant as it could be.
Excerpt: The arrival of Windows 8 has heralded some crazy new designs, as the lines of PC and tablet, and touchscreen and keyboard are blurred. The rulebook has been well and truly torn up, and result is the Sony VAIO Duo 11. Like the beginning of a Formula One season, every manufacturer has interpreted the rules differently: the Samsung ATIVsmart PC and Asus Vivo Tab opt for a tablet format with a keyboard docking station while the Asus Taichi retains the clamshell form of a...
Excerpt: The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is among the first of a swathe of new Windows 8 touchscreen "laptops". Well, it's sort of a laptop, but sort of a tablet too as the Duo 11 sits flat like a tablet out of the box, but can morph into a more upright position to reveal a keyboard and look - at least almost - like a regular laptop.
Summary: The Sony Vaio Duo 11 offers a Full HD screen, a slide-away keyboard and some very powerful specs. It's a great way to take advantage of Windows 8's tiled interface, but you'll need to make sure you don't mistreat that sliding mechanism.
Pros: Full HD resolution, Bright, bold screen, Very powerful components, Helpful convertible design, Portable size, Great Windows 8 software
Cons: Converting mechanism feels susceptible to damage, Volume buttons are awkwardly placed, Nowhere to store the stylus
Conclusion: It may not be wafer thin or super-light, but it has a gorgeous Full HD screen, 128GB of storage, full connectivity and is as good for work as it is for play. That is something the iPad, Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire just can't compete with. While it's not a perfect laptop-tablet hybrid, and certainly won't have mass appeal, Sony has furthered the Windows 8 cause with an exceptionally powerful device that challenges the perceptions of what tablets can achieve.
Pros: Great screen, Staggering power, Top connectivity, QWERTY keyboard, High-end build
Cons: Laptop-esque weight, No trackpad, Small keyboard, Bulky, Keyboard can't detach