Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXB
Average of 8 scores (from 15 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXB
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 has many things users like, including excellent performance and battery life, and a top-notch display. However, its prohibitive cost the compromises caused by its slider design make it suitable for a specific user base. Image professionals probably won't mind the lousy keyboard, and they will almost certainly like the angled display. NBR is on the fence in regards to the N-trig pen, however. On one hand, it's very comfortable to use, and effective when working as intended. On the other, many users are rightfully skeptical about N-trig, especially in regards to driver support.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: Digital Versus
Hybrids are the trend this year, and looks like next year will be the same. The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is a laptop/tablet hybrid with a somewhat cramped laptop experience. It's a shame, considering how good the screen, processing power and battery life are. We would call this more of a tablet with a backup keyboard than a true hybrid.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Ultrabook News
If there was no WiFi issue, and the price were right, the Vaio Duo 13 would have our recommendation as an Ultrabook worthy of your purchase. Unfortunately, the $1399 starting price feels like a bit much, especially when Sony’s Vaio T-series of Ultrabooks was such a great value. It’s sure to drop in the near future, but you might want to hold off for the time being.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/08/2013
Source: Ultrabook News
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is a well built Ultrabook convertible. This particular convertible design is the best we’ve seen so far for touchscreen and stylus use, thanks to its extremely stable layout. The only downside to the design is that the screen angle is not adjustable. Not really an issue thanks to the excellent viewing angles on the unit’s gorgeous 1080p IPS display, but still a bit odd.
Review Type Unknown, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 09/08/2013
Source: Computer Shopper
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 same, despite two extra inches of screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
The much-anticipated Sony Vaio Duo 13 is the manufacturer's reboot of the innovative but not quite perfect Vaio Duo 11. 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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: PC Mag
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 larger screen without added weight. That said, an adjustable screen would be a welcome improvement, as would an IPS panel that doesn't dim when viewed from an angle. If you want a bit more productivity horsepower and can live with a smaller screen, the Microsoft Surface Pro remains your best bet, and it'll save you a nice chunk of change.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an excellent product, and probably the best hybrid Ultrabook/tablet device we've seen, but with such a hefty price tag it's still not enough to convince us to ditch our separate laptops and tablets. It's a shame, because for £500 less we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sony Vaio Duo 13 that ticks most of the boxes and improves on a lot of its predecessors faults. However, for £1,430 / US1,520 / AU$1,700 or more, we'd only recommend this to business commuters with very deep pockets.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
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.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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Pocket Lint
The concept remains the same however, giving you a hybrid device offering both a tablet and notebook, with a display that slides between the two different states. The impressive thing is that although there's two additional inches of screen space, the design has been refined so that the overall footprint is only 9 per cent larger than the previous model. In reality, this mostly comes down to less bezel around the display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/06/2013
Source: Trusted Reviews
The closer you look, the more the Sony Vaio Duo 13 appears an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ device that has a little too much of the oddball vibe of the original Duo 11. However, in use it still solves many of that earlier model’s problems, including a better keyboard, much better looks and an improved hinge. We'll have to spend more time with it to decide if it makes a cohesive whole.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2013
It's always edifying to hand over a gadget to someone who doesn't play with devices for a living. When this reviewer's dad took the Duo 13 for a spin, he found the design compelling and impressive. As easy as it is for us jaded tech writers to dismiss the slider form factor for its inherent shortcomings, it's still a pretty nifty solution for users who don't want to carry around a separate tablet and laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/04/2013
Source: PCM NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Positive: Quality of the full HD display; autonomy. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/07/2013
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; FullHD display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/03/2013
The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a streamlined and chic hybrid ultraportable machine, with a silver carbon fiber body, which is premium to the touch. Despite its thin and light 1.3 kg profile, it feels well built. The screen is a 13.3 inch white bordered beauty. The chiclet keyboard is on the small side which is less than optimal, but it still works well enough. The biggest downside in this area is probably the tiny cramped touchpad. On the outside, the good outweighs the bad and the Sony Vaio Duo 13 will match up to or beat most of the competition.
On the inside, the fourth-gen Intel Core i5-4200u runs at 1.6GHz with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, putting it in a decent place amongst the competition. Along with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, it may be a little faster than most similarly priced devices, but it is not going to be able to handle anything other than the least demanding games out there at the lowest settings. Its most outstanding feature would be the battery life that will take you through a full workday of moderate to heavy use. The 13.3 inch Full HD IPS touchscreen has lovely crisp images and gorgeous colors. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are extremely limited, which is especially annoying in laptop mode, because the screen angle is fixed. While this may not be the best choice out there, it is certainly a good one.
The Sony Vaio Duo 11 and many other touchscreen laptops, which utilize the new touch-oriented operating system from Microsoft, had their debut at the IFA in summer 2012. What set it apart from other flipping, twisting and dockable devices is its unique slider form factor and strong performance due to high-end hardware which is comparable with the best Ultrabooks in the market. This also means that the Vaio Duo 11 unlike e.g., Windows RT systems, which can run only a limited apps from the Windows market, can run all PC software build for the x86 architecture.
Other advantages of the Duo 11 include all full size ports like VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB, which are mandatory for business user when on-the-move. In addition, its bright and contrast-rich FullHD screen is the best of its kind, and its premium case composed of a massive magnesium parts make the Duo 11 very sturdy and durable.
However, every design has some trade-offs, and the Duo 11 is no exception. Intel’s i5 architecture require much more power than the ARM architecture, so the battery life of the Duo 11 barely meets the general Ultrabook requirement. Due to full size ports and keyboard, the Vaio Duo 11 is heavy and it is very hard to use as a stand-alone tablet. Due to the small form factor and the slider mechanism, the Vaio Duo 11 also falls behind standard Ultrabooks when it comes to user comfort.
Because of its disadvantages, the Vaio Duo 11 is not suited for average consumers. However, it is one of the best candidates for business users who want powerful performance and convenience on-the-go.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.
From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.
73.75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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