After the launch of Windows 8, the producers tried to highlight its touch interface by launching hybrid laptop models, designed to combine the benefits of an ultraportable with those of a tablet. VAIO Duo 11 was the first hybrid model of those from Sony, and its 13" version is a step forward.
Construction and design
At the end of last year, Sony launched the Vaio Duo 11, a hybrid between a Windows 8 Ultrabook and a tablet. Taking what was better, fixing what was less good and advantage of the launch of the new Haswell processors generation from Intel, Sony VAIO Duo 13 later released an enhanced version with 13" screen of the original one.
Like the original 11" VAIO Duo 13 uses a folding screen set on a flexible foot. This screen can be lying above case, when the keyboard is covered and the system can be used as a tablet or can be opened to an angle of 45 degrees, VAIO Duo 13 becoming a regular Ultrabook.
Features and Specifications
Even if it is a thin Ultrabook, VAIO Duo 13 carcass fails to provide a sufficient number of connectors. The back features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI video output, a card reader and a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and Line In.
An interesting accessory is hiding but in an unexpected place: the power adapter. It features a USB port for charging a camera or a cell phone, but it is connected to a wireless router portable with USB power. Clearly less efficient than a standalone product and very spartan software, it offers a WAN Ethernet port and a wireless hotspot extremely useful for those who need a central wireless connection when away from home.
- Display: 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4200U, 1.6 GHz (2.3 GHz Turbo), dual-core, HyperThreading
- Chipset: HaswellULT/ID9C43
- RAM: 4GB DDR3
Keyboard, touchpad and ergonomics
Taking advantage of the generous space of its slightly greater dimension, the VAIO Duo 13 features a chiclet keyboard compact-size buttons. The keys are generously spaced, reducing the chances of accidentally pressing two buttons and its workmanship is very good.
We can say that Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an excellent convertible, whereas the manufacturer has retained the qualities of Vaio 11 and has remedied most of its flaws.
In addition, the new hardware platform Intel Haswell brings a fresh and improved performance especially for games, in addition to high autonomy.
The screen diagonal of 13" makes it somewhat difficult used as a tablet. In addition, when used as a laptop, the screen has a fixed position and palmrest is very small.
On the other hand, it is true that the Vaio Duo 13 is a slider which addresses a narrow niches of users: those who will truly benefit from the screen placed above, pen and digitzer.
However, if you are interested in a convertible and Sony Vaio Duo 13 doesn't interest you, there are already many alternatives with Intel hardware Ivybridge, including Asus Transformer Book TX300, Lenovo ThinPad Helix or Toshiba Satellite U920, each with its own system of conversion from laptop to tablet.
Construction quality and appearance;
Digitzer screen and pen;
Much improved keyboard over the previous model;
It's slider construction has certain inconveniences (fixed tilt screen, small palm rest).
Please let us know your opinion about Sony VAIO Duo 13, although it’s not a new device, it is the most bought Apple model this year.