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Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2ENotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E (Vaio Duo Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.334kg
Price: 1499 euro
Average Score: 84.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 73%, features: 75%, display: 87% mobility: 81%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 68%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E

81% Review Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E Convertible Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
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 ULV CPU? We've got the answers.

Foreign Reviews

92% Sony Vaio Duo 13 (SVD1321M2E)
Source: Computer Magazin - Heft 01/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 92%
80% Vaio Duo 13 : un bel et endurant ultrabook hybride sous Windows 8 signé Sony
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model:

Alike many other touchscreen laptops, which utilize the new touch-oriented operating system from Microsoft, the Sony Vaio Duo 11 debuted at the IFA in summer 2012. It stood out of the crowd with its unique sliding mechanism and strong performance due to high-end hardware comparable with the best ultrabooks in the market. The Duo 11 was Sony’s first ultrabook-tablet hybrid. So, it had several weaknesses including the meager battery life and a flawed design.

In 2013, Sony finally introduced the Duo 13 as a formidable second attempt to the ultrabook-tablet concept. The Duo 13 retains all the positive factors of the old Duo 11 including the very crisp fullHD display, full sized ports from VGA to Ethernet, which are mandatory for business users, and the sturdy, durable magnesium case. The new revamped sliding mechanism is much easier to activate than the Duo 11's. The full size keyboard for a comfortable typing, and most important of all, twice the battery life from 4.5 to 9 hours are other improvements compared to the Duo 11 - impressive feats, which were not obtained by any other Windows 8 tablet so far. Unfortunately, some of the Duo 11’s weaknesses remained, e.g. the almost unusable touchpad. Due to powerful components inside, the Duo 13 is twice as heavy as regular tablets and so hard to use for a long period of time. However, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is one of the best options available in this category at the moment – if users are willing to pay the unusual high price of Sony’s premium range laptop.

Series:

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.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


4200U:

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.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.334 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


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.

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84.33%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-11-11 (Update: 2013-11-11)