Summary: The former manifests itself immediately after unpacking the VAIO Duo. Instead of a notebook lid you only see the display. Sony followed the trend away from traditional mobile computer towards the convertible solution.
Pros: bright display with good color representation, very good battery life at low load, Digitizer support, integrated cellular modem, adapters for Ethernet and VGA included, quiet fan at low load
Cons: annoying fan noise at high load, below-average running times when at full load, processing weaknesses, interfaces and some keys are hard to reach, display with only one mounting angle, touchpad is too small, keyboard with insufficient pressure point
Conclusion: All of this adds up to a machine most users should avoid, even if they are looking for a hybrid device, and imaging and design professionals should strongly consider and test out for themselves. It was purposefully built for them.
Pros: Terrific display, Great battery life, Nice performance
Cons: Some design and build issues, Lousy keyboard, Cramped trackpad, Odd button placement
Conclusion: You're going to have to think carefully about what you're looking for in a portable before deciding on whether the Sony VAIO Duo 13 is for you. The device works well as a tablet, even if the button placement is a bit awkward, and it fits nicely in the hands when in slate mode.
Conclusion: Given these concerns, we suspect that many users will be better off with a light laptop (such as Sony's own VAIO Pro 13) plus a cheap-but-capable tablet (hello, second-generation Google Nexus 7).
Pros: Much improved design over Duo 11, while still weighing under three pounds, Good performance and long battery life
Cons: Shallow keyboard with small, flat keys, Tiny touch pad, Awkward pen holder, No Ethernet jack
Review Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E Convertible Ultrabook
23 July 2013
Summary: Not quite your ordinary tablet. 11 becomes 13. How large does a slider convertible have to become in order to allow its user to work comfortably with Windows? How sturdy is the hinge? And what kind of performance levels can be expected from the Haswell ULV CPU? We've got the answers.
Pros: Not too bulky in tablet mode, Good build quality, Ports located at the rear, Connectivity similar to a subnotebook, Strong performance, comes with a SSD, High contrast ratio, great viewing angles, High color fidelity, covers 93 % of the sRGB color space, No reduction in brightness while running o...
Cons: Unsatisfying keyboard and touchpad feedback, USB ports located too close to each other, Short Wi-Fi range, Swapping the battery? Cleaning the fans? Upgrading the RAM or putting in a larger SSD? Impossible except for experienced tinkerers. The keyboard is no optional accessory, but essential to th...
Conclusion: The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a slick-looking hybrid ultraportable that gives you solid performance and a full workday's worth of battery power. The 13.3?inch touch screen display delivers a crisp picture with brilliant colors but its viewing angle performance could be better.
Pros: Good performance. Great battery life. Digitizer support.
Cons: Small touchpad. No screen adjustment in laptop mode. Narrow viewing angles.
Summary: The Vaio Duo 13 is a convertible ultrabook built on top Intel's Haswell hardware, with a nice screen and a digitizer/pen combo. On top of that, it can easily go for 6-8 hours on a single charge, with everyday use.
Pros: sturdy and beautiful; comes with a touchscreen, digitizer and pen; powerful; huge battery life; decent keyboard and trackpad; good selection of ports; great connectivity options
Cons: the form factor (slider); the sharp edges and pointy corners
Conclusion: As is often the case with Sony, we've got a groundbreaking great product that's not perfect, but it's so much closer than the Vaio Duo 11. Unless you're a digital artist, there really isn't a single fatal flaw.
Pros: Superb full HD display with wide color gamut, fast performance and 4th gen Haswell CPUs, extreme battery life, works as a tablet and laptop, has a digital pen for notes and art.
Pros: Increased battery life, Bigger screen looks fantastic, Proper trackpad, Good build quality, Haswell processors, We really liked the improvements to the sliding design, which makes it much easier to open and close. The addition of the new Intel processor means that overall performance has gone up ...
Cons: Very expensive, Sliding mechanism still feels delicate, There's no getting away from the fact that this is an expensive product, and for the same price Sony is asking for you could get a Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook and a separate iPad mini . While the sliding design has improved, it st...
Excerpt: Just as the Sony Vaio Duo 11 was one of the first Windows 8 hybrids, so the Vaio Duo 13 is one of the first laptops to kick off Intel's new generation of Ultrabooks. It's also one of the most substantial redesigns we’ve ever seen, as it corrects nearly all of the Duo 11's flaws while introducing...