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Sony VAIO Duo 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Sony VAIO Duo 13. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and portability are generally positive. The battery and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the size and energy efficiency.

performance, screen, battery, portability, durability

keyboard, price, usability, energy, size

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Sony VAIO Duo 13 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 SVD13215PXW 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon White)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

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 (NotebookReview.com)

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

 

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a high-end convertible aimed at graphic designers and artists. Keep reading to see if this premium notebook is worth the premium price.

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 (slashgear.com)

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

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Sony VAIO Duo 13

 

Since Windows 8 launched last year, we've seen a number of different hybrid designs, from the folding Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga to the swivel-screened Dell XPS 12 . Unfortunately, up until now, hybrids with keyboards that slide out from under the screen have...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (pcmag.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (ultrabookreview.com)

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 (reviewed.com)

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: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review and Ratings

 

If you're looking for a slider-style Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid, the VAIO Duo 13 is the best we've seen, thanks to an improved design and a new Intel "Haswell" CPU. But the keyboard still isn't comfortable, and the touch pad is tiny.

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

For now, Sony deserves credit for the design of the VAIO Duo 13. It's a significant improvement over the pioneering Duo 11, with a small (though certainly appreciated) touch pad and nearly triple the battery life in a package that weighs about the...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: MobileTechReview.com (mobiletechreview.com)

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
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Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.07
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):7.99 / 8 / 8.08

Display

Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 0xA26

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA+, WCDMA
4G:No / Yes
4G standard:LTE / LTE,WiMAX
4G standards:LTE

Ports & interfaces

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

Processor

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:Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 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 Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:75114 / 75459 / 75460
Processor package size:40