Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EB
Average of 4 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EB
Source: Trusted Reviews
A stylish hybrid laptop with excellent performance and incredible battery life. If you can cope with its incredibly small touchpad, and money is no object, then the VAIO Duo comes with a solid recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90% emissions: 70%
Source: PC Pro
Ultimately, the Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a tantalising mixture of the mediocre and the marvellous. Despite getting so many things right, it’s neither a great tablet nor a stunning Ultrabook. With both the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S and Yoga 13 delivering a more convincing laptop experience and an acceptable tablet mode for almost £500 less, we simply can’t recommend the VAIO Duo 13.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 83% features: 67% workmanship: 67%
It's been a fantastic performance from the Sony, and it's made a huge leap forward in terms of battery life. The touchscreen, Haswell and slim build combine to form one of the best Windows 8 laptops money can buy - just not one of the best tablets. It's a shame as there's a lot to like here, but looking around at the market, the impending appearance of the Samsung ATIV Q - another slider with a 3,200 x 1,800, 275ppi screen - means spending this much money is unwise. That said, if you're looking for a top-of-the-range laptop today and want the best Windows 8 experience money can buy, this should be on your shortlist.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2013
Rating: performance: 90% display: 82% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Positive: ultrabook and tablet - all in one
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2013
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Positive: up-to-date hardware; high quality material; high class chassis Negative: mediocre stability; high price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2013
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Thin and light; comfortable keyboard; silent operation; long battery life. Negative: The screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2013
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 91%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Positive: Luxurios design; sophisticated finish, superior hardware; long battery life. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/08/2013
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.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.0 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.
79.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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