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. As a laptop, however, the Duo 13 suffers considerably, and anyone who is looking for a hybrid that will work as well as a laptop as it does a tablet will be disappointed with this VAIO.
Summary: The Sony VAIO Duo 13 has a lot going for it: a lightweight chassis, a vibrant screen with pen support and epic battery life. However, at $1,899 ($1,399 to start), we would expect a flawless typing and navigation experience, and the Duo 13 offers one of the industry's smallest touchpads, along with a mushy keyboard.
Pros: Long battery life, Bright and colorful screen, Lightweight design for a hybrid, Good pen support
Cons: Uncomfortable keyboard, Tiny touchpad, Odd button placement, Pricier than other hybrids
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Haswell Ultrabook Convertible Review
8 September 2013
Excerpt: Ultrabooks with Intel’s new Haswell processors are here! We’ve had the Sony Vaio Duo 13 on hand and are ready to give you the full review. Is this one worth your hard earned cash? We try to answer that question inside.
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Stylus and Active Digitizer, 25 Minutes of Testing [video]
3 August 2013
Excerpt: Chippy brought you an initial look at Sony’s new Vaio Duo 13 Haswell Ultrabook convertible, and now I’m digging deep to suss out the details. First up is a look at the stylus and how it works with the unit’s N-Trig active digitizer touchscreen. I’ve got a 25 minute video for you, showing the in’s and out’s of the Duo 13′s stylus.
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). Others can check out one of the revolving-screen or detachable-screen (rather than slider) hybrids, especially as fourth-generation Core processors penetrate the market.
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
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. Long story short, it's a great machine, but because it's pricey and because it's a slider, might not be for everyone.
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. Quite the opposite, in fact: the machine is very fast for an Ultrabook thanks to Sony's use of cTDP to bring up performance above and beyond many Ultrabooks that don't surpass the 17 watt CPU power ceiling, the full HD display is one of the best on the market and...
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.
Conclusion: The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is a compelling choice for anyone looking to join the hybrid Ultrabook movement. Its improved slider design and terrific battery life make this 13in hybrid a much better choice than its predecessor, the Duo 11, and you get a larger screen without added weight. That said, an adjustable screen would be a welcome improvement, as would an IPS panel that doesn't dim when viewed from an angle.
Pros: Good performance, Great battery life, Digitiser support
Cons: Small touchpad, No screen adjustment in laptop mode, Narrow viewing angles