Sony VAIO Duo 13 – a versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook and tablet.

Sony VAIO Duo 13 – a versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook and tablet.

Sony VIAO Duo 13 Review

Sony’s VAIO range presents a broad selection of laptops with a somewhat confusing selection of names. The latest – the VAIO Duo 13 – muddies the waters further with the Duo part. Here’s more about the hybrid tablet and Windows 8 laptop from Sony.

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Since Windows 8 launched last year, we’ve seen a number of different hybrid designs, from the folding Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga to the swivel-screened Dell XPS 12. Unfortunately, up until now, hybrids with keyboards that slide out from under the screen have provided the worst of both worlds: a laptop with an awful typing experience and a tablet that’s too heavy. With its long battery life, strong performance and eye-popping screen, the pricey Sony VAIO Duo 13 ($1,399 to start, $1,899 as configured) hopes to overcome its challenging form factor, but is this 2-in-1 Ultrabook good enough to justify its hefty price tag?

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At 13 x 8.27 x 0.77 inches and 2.9 lbs., the caLenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is light for a 13-inch hybrid, comparing favorably to the 13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67-inch, 3.4-lb. Lenovo IdeDell XPS 123 and the 13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67 inch, 3.2-lb. Dell XPS 12. Available in both white and “carbon” black, the VAIO Duo 13 has an attractive aesthetic and lightweight design but some awkward button placements. When closed, the 13.3-inch screen sits on the top, with a modest bezel that has a physical Windows button in the middle bottom. The matte-silver-colored sides on our white unit provided an attractive accent color, and on the carbon-black model, these are also black. Difficult to find at first, the tiny power button sits on the left side of the system, while a pop-up stylus holder sits on the right.

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