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Sony VAIO Duo 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 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. People really like the portability and performance. The battery and design also get good comments, but there are some mixed views about the size. Some have doubts about the touchpad and usability.

screen, design, battery, performance, portability

price, keyboard, energy, usability, 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 87/100 = 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, 2017

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 slick looking hybrid ultraportable that gives you solid performance and a full workday's worth of battery power.

Good performance. Great battery life. Digitizer support.

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

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a compelling choice for anyone looking to join the hybrid ultrabook movement. It's improved slider design and terrific battery life make this 13 inch hybrid a much better choice than it s predecessor, the Duo 11, and you get a...

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

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater 4 / HD / HD, ClearAudio+ / HDA / Intel High Definition Audio with ClearAudio+
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:6320
Battery life (max):10 / 10.5 / 11 / 15 / 16
Battery performance:6320
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.07
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):7.99 / 8 / 8.08
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Form Factor:Convertible (Floating Slider)
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:10.5
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:83 / 84
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA+,UMTS / HSPA+,WCDMA
4G:N / No / Y
4G LTE: Yes
4G standard:LTE / LTE,WiMAX
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: Yes

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater 4 / HD / HD, ClearAudio+ / HDA / Intel High Definition Audio with ClearAudio+
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:10.5
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4 / 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i5-4200U / i7-4500U / i7-4650U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4200U / i7-4500U / i7-4650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology:No / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No / Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75114 / 75459 / 75460
Processor code:SR16H / SR16Z / SR170
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:VAIO Care, PlayMemories Home, ArtRage Studio Pro / VAIO Care, PlayMemories Home, ArtRage Studio Pro, Microsoft Windows Defender
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Kaspersky Internet Security, Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD / MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Duo, SD / MS PRO-HG, SD / MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.27
Height:0.362 / 0.768 / 0.772
Height (front):0.362
Height (rear):0.768
Weight:2.87 / 2.91 / 2.93 / 2.95 / 2.98
Width:13