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
Sony VAIO Duo 13 review: a much-improved take on the Windows 8 slider
5 June 2013
Summary: It's always edifying to hand over a gadget to someone who doesn't play with devices for a living. When this reviewer's dad took the Duo 13 for a spin, he found the design compelling and impressive. As easy as it is for us jaded tech writers to dismiss the slider form factor for its inherent shortcomings, it's still a pretty nifty solution for users who don't want to carry around a separate tablet and laptop.
Pros: Much-improved design, Bright 1080p display, Great battery life
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
Excerpt: Esta modelo híbrido permite pasar de una computadora portátil a una tablet con sólo deslizar la pantalla. Viene con un procesador Intel Core i5, 8GB de memoria RAM y un disco duro en estado sólido de 128GB.
Краткий обзор гибридного ультрабука Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
16 September 2013
Excerpt: Это вам не обычный планшет. Уже не 11 дюймов, а 13 - какого размера должен быть гибридный ультрабук-слайдер, чтобы с ним было удобно работать с Windows? Насколько надежны его петли? Какой производительности следует ожидать от низковольтных процессоров Haswell? Все ответы - в нашем обзоре.