Sony Vaio Duo Series

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321L2EW

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.

Processor: Intel Core i3 3217U, Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i5 3337U, Intel Core i5 4200U, Intel Core i7 3517U, Intel Core i7 4500U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 11.6 inch, 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.287kg, 1.3kg, 1.334kg, 1.35kg, 1.4kg
Price: 1100, 1200, 1300, 1399, 1400, 1499, 1600, 1700 euro
Average Score: 74.09% - average
Average of 43 scores (from 65 reviews)
price: 63%, performance: 82%, features: 69%, display: 88%
mobility: 83%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 89%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11Notebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 70.85% - average
Average of 13 scores (from 19 reviews)

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 Review – Flexible, Stable, Stylish
Source: Ultrabook News English
If you’re looking to replace an older desktop with something that can perform all day with an external keyboard, mouse and screen and is ready to offer consumption and web duties in other places then take a closer look. The Vaio Duo 11 is lightweight, fast, quiet and extremely stylish. If you do buy one and have never used a digitizer, take time to learn how to use it because it’s fun, quick and flexible.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/25/2013
70% Sony Vaio Duo 11 review
Source: PC Advisor English
It’s certainly nice having the option of using the Duo 11 as a tablet from time to time. However, at this price the Duo 11 also needs to earn its keep as a workhorse laptop, and that baby-sized keyboard could deter many people who need a laptop that they can use at work.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 60% workmanship: 60%
63% Sony Vaio Duo 11 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
As a notebook, however, it does perform really well, and the HD screen is high quality, and very clear and enjoyable to use with Windows 8. The small keyboard is a big factor here though, but if you can live without a trackpad, you will most probably just get used to its more compact design. But for £849 for the least powerful configuration, we think it is a little too expensive for what you get.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 63%
70% Sony VAIO Duo 11 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Our take is that the Duo 11 is a little bit trapped in the middle of those two camps, and when spending so much on a machine it ought to be a more comfortable user experience. There are definitely some positives to pick up - namely the screen - but it's not quite enough for this model to shine as a whole.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
30% Sony Vaio Duo 11
Source: Wired Magazine English
The overall design is very Sony, with angular edges galore. It’s actually uncomfortable to hold for more than a few minutes, with sharp plastic and vent grilles literally digging into your hands at every turn. While it weighs just 2.8 pounds, it’s a major reason why the Duo feels “big.” Sorry Sony, but this Duo’s a dud no matter which way you try to use it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 30%
70% Sony Vaio Duo 11 review
Source: Techradar English
If you're a business user who wants on-the-go convenience and power then take the plunge, but for most people the Duo will be a luxury for problems that can be solved with an enormous range of cheaper, more versatile devices.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
67% Sony VAIO Duo 11 review
Source: PC Pro English
Despite some glimmers of brilliance, the VAIO Duo 11 is neither a great tablet nor a great laptop. Indeed, the problem is that, while ingenious and beautifully formed, Sony’s decision to go the true convertible tablet route has forced it to compromise usability in both modes. As a tablet, the VAIO Duo 11 is heavy, and in laptop mode the fiddly trackpoint and average keyboard are no competition for those of a good quality Ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/15/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 83% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
60% Sony VAIO Duo 11 (D11213CX)
Source: PC Mag English
While there will be plenty of comparisons made in the coming weeks, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 doesn't make the best first-impression for the emerging hybrid ultrabook category. As an ultrabook the Duo 11's awkward keyboard and short battery-life hamper the productive potential it might have had. As a tablet, the design is uncomfortable and the short battery-life cripples the convenience and entertainment value. The Sony VAIO Duo 11 shows promise, but there's plenty of room to improve.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Sony Duo 11 Ultrabook review: Blurring the line between tablet and laptop
Source: PC World English
At a starting price of $1100, the Duo 11 is not an inexpensive investment. It's a highly mobile laptop that behaves more like a tablet, but with laptop underpinnings. The machine is a tad heavy for a tablet, though the sliding keyboard adds limited convenience. The display is excellent, except for the noise we noticed in video playback. In the end, the Duo 11 is a superb vehicle for Windows 8, and if you need an ultracompact laptop that's usable mostly as a tablet, it's worth a closer look. But most users may shy away when they see the price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
73% Convertible Sony VAIO Duo 11 im Ultrabook Test
Source: Ultrabook King German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
78% Sony Vaio Duo 11
Source: Onlinekosten.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/25/2012
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 87% features: 73% display: 93% mobility: 55% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 70%
Sony Vaio Duo - Slider-Ultrabook für Windows 8
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/16/2012
86% Sony Vaio Duo 11 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 98% features: 83% display: 90% mobility: 76% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 91%
94% Schiebe-Hybrid mit Ultrabook-Innereien
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
Transformer – Tablet-Ultrabook-Hybrid mit 11,6-Zoll-Touchscreen
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2012
Rating: performance: 80% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Interessantes Konzept mit kleinen Schönheitsfehlern
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: comfortable handling; very good and diverse input devices
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/11/2012
90% Sony VAIO Duo 11
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Sony VAIO DUO 11 — гибридный ноутбук
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: The display with wide viewing angles and high contrast; pretty good cooling system; good performance and battery life. Negative: Quite heavy; expensive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/02/2013
Обзор Sony VAIO Duo 11: дорогой японский трансформер
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: The touch screen; convertable from laptop to tablet. Negative: Quite heavy; expensive.
Review Type Unknown, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 11/08/2012

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121X9EB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121X9EBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121X9EB
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.287kg
Price: 1399 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 78.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

87% Review Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121X9EB Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
Switch to Work. Switchable graphics are an old trick. Today, we want switchable work modes: first a mini laptop, then a Windows tablet, and all this without even switching devices. So is this new Sony model the ideal device for ambitious Windows users who cannot decide between tablets and notebooks?
80% Sony’s tablet slides up to become a fully-fledged laptop
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is more than powerful enough for any everyday Windows 8 tasks — basic Web browsing, productivity in Word, Excel, or Outlook, some basic light-duty 3D gaming or photo editing — and the innovative slider format fits a full ultraportable laptop’s components into a tablet-centric form factor. It’s a big compromise to have a non-tilting screen, though, and the keyboard is cramped — if you can live with these limitations the VAIO Duo 11 is a surprisingly versatile hybrid tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
65% Sony Vaio Duo 11 Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
At an MRP of Rs 89,990, the Sony Vaio Duo 11 (SVD11213CN) is quite expensive. Even if it was cheaper by a few thousand rupees, we would have still suggested you consider other options because the keyboard and pointing device can be quite frustrating to use. It would have been nice if Sony had gone in with a swivel screen design like in the Dell XPS 12 or a 360 degree folding screen like in the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. We feel Sony should have concentrated more on ergonomics instead of focusing mainly on style.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
79% Gleitender Wechsel
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 63% performance: 67% features: 63% display: 77% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 92%
91% Sony Vaio Duo 11 SVD1121X9E
Source: SFT - 1/13 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 91%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121P2EB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121P2EBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121P2EB
Processor: Intel Core i3 3217U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

82% Ultraflexibel - Sony Vaio Duo 11 SVD1121P2EB
Source: Connect - 1/13 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 93% features: 75% mobility: 81% ergonomy: 81%
Windows RT vs. Windows 8
Source: Business & IT - 2/13 German
Low performance but good battery runtime
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
80% SONY VAIO DUO 11 (SVD1121P2EB)
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Sony SVD1121P2EB VAIO DUO 11
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 100% mobility: 93% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11213CN

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11213CNNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11213CN
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11213CN (Model)

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO Duo 11
Source: Techtree.com English
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is the first Windows 8 laptop with such a unique form factor. While it looks good, the form factor seems to be a compromise as far as ergonomics is concerned. It is too large and bulky to be carried as a tablet, and the keyboard is not ergonomic enough to use over long duration. The performance is top-notch with the powerful components such as the fast CPU and SSD. The Full HD touchscreen IPS panel that takes full advantage of the Windows 8 UI is very responsive and also looks good. Multimedia performance is quite good with the decently loud and clear speakers. The generous number of ports makes it very suitable even for office use. Battery life may not be sufficient for some, so you might want to invest in a battery slice to double it up. Priced at Rs 90,000, this can be a speedy and cool-looking gizmo to show off to your friends for bragging rights, if you are willing to overlook the lack of ergonomics.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 70%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Z9EB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Z9EBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Z9EB
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Z9EB (Model)

Average Score: 40% - bad
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook
Source: Reg Hardware English
Despite all its functionality and inventiveness, the Vaio Duo 11 appears to be a product design that became so focused on touch tech that it lost sight of the screen. It’s powerful, well connected and highly portable too, but in some basic areas, it’s just not that usable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2013
40% Sony Vaio Duo 11 review
Source: Computer Active English
Still, the specifications are impressive. The Intel Core i7 processor is a fast dual-core chip, while there is also 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD so the Duo is powerful enough for use as your only computer. Such impressive specifications made the Vaio quick with performance similar to top-of-the range Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 40%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Q2EB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Q2EBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Q2EB
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio Duo 11
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony VAIO Duo - luxusní tablet s notebookem v jednom
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Precise optical trackpad; option to draw and make hand notes stylus; maximum equipment. Negative: Weight.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/08/2013

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11223CXB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11223CXBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11223CXB
Processor: Intel Core i5 3337U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11223CXB (Model)

Average Score: 40% - bad
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

40% Sony VAIO Duo SVD11223CXB
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO Duo may be the lightest and smallest of the current generation of hybrid laptops but its high price and number of problems make it a less than ideal choice. Sony certainly gave it a great display and some very fast storage but this is hampered by a hinge design that makes it very hard to use as a laptop both from the screen perspective and the keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 40%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11215CGB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11215CGBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11215CGB
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11215CGB (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO Duo 11 SVD11215CGB convertible notebook review
Source: APC Mag English
The Duo 11 is a surprisingly affordable convertible. Best of all, Sony hasn’t trimmed back the hardware at this price, with powerful components and plenty of storage. The hinge locking mechanism might not win any beauty pageants, but it more than makes up for that with usefulness, making it one of the nicer convertibles to use in laptop mode.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXB

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.

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXB
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 13 SV-D13213CXB (Model)

Average Score: 73.75% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 15 reviews)

 

70% Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
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%
60% Sony Vaio Duo 13, the Tablet that Turns into a Cramped Laptop
Source: Digital Versus English
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%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Haswell Ultrabook Convertible Review
Source: Ultrabook News English
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
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Haswell Ultrabook Convertible Review
Source: Ultrabook News English
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
70% Sony VAIO Duo 13
Source: Computer Shopper English
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%
85% Sony Vaio Duo 13
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
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%
70% Sony VAIO Duo 13
Source: PC Mag English
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%
80% Sony Vaio Duo 13 review
Source: Techradar English
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%
75% Sony upsizes the sliding PC with the Vaio Duo 13
Source: CNet English
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%
Sony Vaio Duo 13 pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
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
Sony Vaio Duo 13
Source: Trusted Reviews English
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
Sony VAIO Duo 13 review: a much-improved take on the Windows 8 slider
Source: Engadget English
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
80% Sony VAIO Duo 13
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Vaio Duo 13, l'ultra-portable hybride de Sony aurait une autonomie de 16 h
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Positive: Quality of the full HD display; autonomy. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/07/2013
Первый взгляд на Sony VAIO Duo 13: в ожидании самого дорогого ультрабука-трансформера
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; FullHD display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/03/2013

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E

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.

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2ENotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD1321M2E
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.334kg
Price: 1499 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 86% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

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.
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%

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EB

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EBNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EB
Processor: Intel Core i7 4500U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9EB (Model)

Average Score: 79.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO Duo 13 Hybrid review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
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%
67% Sony VAIO Duo 13 review
Source: PC Pro English
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%
80% Sony Vaio Duo 13 review
Source: T3 English
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%
Lang lebe der Akku
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2013
Rating: performance: 90% display: 82% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
Sony VAIO Duo 13
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: ultrabook and tablet - all in one
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2013
Klipp klapp – 13-Zoll-Convertible mit Full-HD-Touchscreen
Source: Notebookjournal German 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
Recenze: Sony VAIO Duo 13 - větší displej a delší výdrž na baterie
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
91% 노트북과 태블릿의 정점 - 소니 바이오 듀오 13 (성능편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 91%
노트북과 태블릿의 정점 - 소니 바이오 듀오 13 (외형편)
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

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321M2R

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321M2RNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321M2R
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

 

Sony VAIO DUO 13 — планшет-ноутбук с отличным дисплеем и процессором Haswell
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Very good display; good sound system; silent operation.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/07/2013

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9R

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9RNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321Z9R
Processor: Intel Core i7 4500U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.35kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

60% Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Sony VAIO Duo 13 has a lot going for it: a lightweight chassis, a vibrant screen with pen support and epic battery life. However, at $1,899 ($1,399 to start), we would expect a flawless typing and navigation experience, and the Duo 13 offers one of the industry's smallest touchpads, along with a mushy keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Обзор самого дорогого в мире ультрабука-трансформера Sony VAIO Duo 13
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Great workmanship; fantastic battery life; very high-quality screen; hardware platform.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/06/2013

 

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321L2EW

Specifications

Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321L2EWNotebook: Sony Vaio Duo 13 SV-D1321L2EW
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review
Source: Slashgear English
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 hands when in slate mode. As a laptop, however, the Duo 13 suffers considerably, and anyone who is looking for a hybrid that will work as well as a laptop as it does a tablet will be disappointed with this VAIO.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2013
90% Sony VAIO Duo 13 SVD1321L2EW
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 100%

 

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

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.

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


Intel Core i5:

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

3337U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q1 2013. Offers a core clock of 1.8 - 2.7 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1100 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

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.

Intel Core i3:

3217U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.8 GHz (no Turbo Boost) and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

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.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

4500U:

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.


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.


1.287 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.

1.4 kg:


74.09%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-12R
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws
Core i5 4200U, 1.65 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30T-A-11C
Core i5 4200U, 1.4 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010ea
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook U574
Core i5 4200U, 1.6 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4001H
Core i5 4200U, 1.9 kg
» Sony Vaio Fit Multi-Flip SV-F13N1J2R
Core i3 4005U, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Core i7 4500U, 1.28 kg
» Dell Latitude 3340 i5
Core i5 4200U, 1.773 kg
» Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
Core i5 4200U, 1.12 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook T904
Core i7 4600U, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-M5S
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 13-59402183
Core i3 4010U, 1.6 kg
» Asus VivoBook S301LA-C1073H
Core i5 4200U, 1.77 kg
» Acer Aspire S7-392-6807
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» Asus UX301LA-DH51T
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3000eo
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX32L
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-134
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook S904
Core i7 4600U, 1.5 kg
» Sony VAIO 13 SV-F13N1A4E
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3090EF
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX301LA-DH71T
Core i7 4558U, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-12T
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Dell XPS 13-9333
Core i5 4200U, 1.374 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A1302
Core i7 4600U, 1.2 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010eg
Core i7 4500U, 1.48 kg
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