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Sony VAIO Duo 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Sony VAIO Duo 13. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The performance and screen are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the touchpad and size.

battery, screen, performance, portability, design

keyboard, price, energy, size, touchpad

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Sony VAIO Duo 13 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO Duo SVD13215PXW 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon White)Sony VAIO Duo SVD13213CXB 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon Black)

May, 2016

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Review Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E Convertible Ultrabook


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...

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...

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...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Jamison Cush (

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

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Brittany A. Roston (

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...

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...

Nov, 2013

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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...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

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...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Sony Vaio Duo 13 review:


Of all the new laptop designs that attempted to break into the mainstream with the launch of Windows 8 at the end of 2012, none was bolder than the slider-style PC. This handful of brave systems attempted to bridge the gap between laptop and tablet not...

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.

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.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Andrei Girbea (

Sony Vaio Duo 13 review – 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

Wrapping it up, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an awesome machine.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Josh Fields (

Sony VAIO Duo 13


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

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


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...

Aug, 2013

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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...

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8


Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16


Keyboard backlit: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor package size:40