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.
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
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 on battery, Superb rear camera, No battery slice option, Wonderful battery life, The Duo 13 is a great jack of all trades for all those looking for a fast Windows convertible s...
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 the operation of the device. More travel would have made a noticeable difference.
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 an excellent product, and probably the best hybrid Ultrabook/tablet device we've seen, but with such a hefty price tag it's still not enough to convince us to ditch our separate laptops and tablets. It's a shame, because for £500 less we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sony Vaio Duo 13 that ticks most of the boxes and improves on a lot of its predecessors faults.