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January 14, 2013

VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook

by TGN

Sony Duo 11With the launch of Windows 8 we are bound to see a number of different tablet/laptops.  I had the chance to try out Sony’s latest, the Duo ultrabook which transforms between a tablet and laptop.

Look and feel:

The Good-

The main materials used are aluminum and plastic which somewhat give is a sturdy feel. Backlit keyboard is also welcoming sight but with a $1200 price tag attached to it im not surprised.

The Bad-

Weighing at about 3 lbs it feels slightly uncomfortable to handle as a slate. When slid open I felt the keyboard somewhat awkward to use and felt that Sony could have done a better job here. The touch pad is gone and replaced with a pointer which I found very annoying to use. Initially it looked like a miniature trackpoint joystick pointer, the sort on IBM’s but its not it. The pointer itself a touch surface, something which I havent seen before.

The Good-

The main materials used are aluminum and plastic which somewhat give is a sturdy feel. Backlit keyboard is also welcoming sight but with a $1200 price tag attached to it im not surprised.

Display:

Both models come with an 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Colors really do look good on this device and IPS technology viewing angles are wide enough. This is one of the better displays Ive seen on a tablet.

Performance:

With an option of Core i5 or i7 with 6Gb or 8Gb Ram (I tried the i5) it will run most softwares pretty well. I loaded up a number of different programs and loaded a few webpages and the experience was smooth.

Features:

The Vaio Duo 11 has a full range of ports and connectors, apart from a VGA and HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 ports, it surprisingly even has an Ethernet port along with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Not only this but the Duo also incorporates Intel’s WiDi technology for wireless display on HDTVs. With so many features it is not a bad device to own.

Personally Id wait for the Microsoft Surface Pro to be released this month but for those who cant wait check out Sony’ website for the complete details. One thing is for sure, with Windows 8 pro you can virtually run any application designed for widows. It would be interesting to see how other tablets compete with the millions of apps available for windows.

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