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Sony Vaio Duo 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and design are on the whole positive. The portability and battery also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the usability and energy efficiency, and some have doubts about the touchpad and value for money.

screen, portability, battery, design, durability

price, energy, touchpad, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

 

Designers and image professionals should take a look at this Windows 8.1 slider hybrid, but all other users should stay away from the Sony Vaio Duo 13.

Terrific display ; Great battery life ; Nice performance

Some design and build issues ; Lousy keyboard ; Cramped trackpad ; Odd button placement

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Terrific display, Great battery life, Nice performance

Some design and build issues, Lousy keyboard, Cramped trackpad, Odd button placement

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.

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

 

The popularity of tablets have posed a solid threat to the PC industry, and in response many 2-in-1 so-called “hybrid” laptops have popped up in increasing numbers that are able to function as both — as a laptop when some serious work needs to be done,...

If you’re okay with a display that is fixed at a sharp angle, a shallow keyboard, and a very thin trackpad, the Duo 13 will work well for you as a 2-in-1 portable. If, on the flip side, you’re in the market for a PC that doubles as a traditional laptop...

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Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook and tablet that offers long battery life and robust pen support, but the typing experience and touchpad are drawbacks.

Long battery life; Bright and colorful screen; Lightweight design for a hybrid; Good pen support

Uncomfortable keyboard; Tiny touchpad; Odd button placement; Pricier than other hybrids

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...

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Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

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...

Good performance. Great battery life. Digitizer support

Small touchpad. No screen adjustment in laptop mode. Narrow viewing angles

With the Sony VAIO Duo 13, Sony improves upon the design of its predecessor, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 (D11213CX). This model offers a larger screen and a smaller hinge, and it's outfitted with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. The biggest...

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Sony's upsized Duo 13 mixes tablet and laptop

 

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is ambitious, but less universally useful than other Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids. There may not be a real need for a slider-style PC.

With a better design and bigger screen than the original Vaio Duo, the new Sony Vaio Duo 13 is a solid improvement on its predecessor

It's still tough to figure out exactly who the target audience is. The lack of screen angles is especially frustrating

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Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

Even with its steep asking price, Sony makes the Duo worthwhile with great performance and functionality.

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Much improved design over Duo 11, while still weighing under three pounds, Good performance and long battery life

Shallow keyboard with small, flat keys, Tiny touch pad, Awkward pen holder, No Ethernet jack

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...

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'Sony Vaio Duo 13 review \x96 a big step forward'

 

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...

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

the form factor (slider); the sharp edges and pointy corners

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Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

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

Not cheap, keyboard travel is short

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...

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