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Good: build quality, look, screen, keyboard, specification range
Bad: Graphics card & battery life
Comment: this is an excellent product! I would highly recommend this to anyone even if you have an ipad or another tablet this has a place of its own - for me it is my main laptop now however its satisfying for me to be able to have the tablet aspects to it as well. it has a beautiful screen that is perfect when viewed from nearly all angles - the i7 processor is rapid and the system never slows down - windows 8 itself can be slightly better in gestures and compatibility. the only downside to this tablet is the Intel 4000 graphics card which is fine for normal use however not great for gaming, battery life is not a strong point either. still highly recommend this!!!!!
Good: Screen, stylus, speed, design, build quality
Bad: Some software glitches, expensive, Windows 8 a bit challenging
Comment: I bought one for under a grand taking advantage of Sony's online offer for a free processor upgrade. Hardware is good but I'm not sure that Windows 8 is that great. It almost seems infantile. OK you can resort to desktop mode but it all then seems a bit clunky. For example, there are two versions of Internet Explorer, one a powerful desktop version, the other a crippled Windows 8 simplified version with no flash or Silverlight. If I return it under Sony's generous 30 day policy, it will be because of Windows 8, not because of the hardware itself
Comment: My recommendation for a Windows 8 tablet was Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. It is a tablet which can be docked on the optional keyboard. Samsung’s optional keyboard is not cheap though, compared with similar-sized small keyboard. The other sub-optimal solution would be to purchase a stand and optional keyboard from other company, which would save some money. If purchased together with Samsung Keyboard, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro actually priced and weight similarly as Sony Vaio Duo, which makes it worth my consideration. I do type quite a lot. For regular computing use, even a conventional laptop is suboptimal for me, I prefer a large screen and a fairly big desktop-sized keyboard. I was looking for a secondary device, which I can still use as a PC while I’m on the go. Obviously, size and weight are among the factors for portability.
It’s heavier than consumption-based tablets such as iPad or Android tablets. The extra weight, however, also means that I get the full-meal deal expected for a laptop. It does include an optical track pad. While I primarily touch the screen, the optical track pad comes in handy when you want to accurately point a specific location on the screen; the touch screen itself is fairly accurate though. Some of the web sites, including CNET UK, features a drop-down menu which will pop up whenever a mouse cursor points to it. In that case, ‘touch’ does not help because it translates to ‘click’ instead of ‘mouse-over’; there is no ‘mouse-over’ for ‘touch’. That is one of the scenarios which I would need to use the optical track pad.
Again, the choice is all based on what a PC or the computing device means for you. If you need a Work-And-Consumption in one portable device like I do, it’s a fairly good choice.
Good: its as powerful as a laptop
Bad: gets hot after some time
Comment: the vaio duo 11 is really cool you can actually play games like devil may cry 5, nfs most wanted in it because its got a good processor and a large ram. After looking at so many different site i still havent been able to find out if it has a rear camera cause the official site says it has one. i would honestly buy it if it has a rear camera because then its like an all in one kind of thing. i am gonna wait till january and see how this product is and if its not good then i recommend the dell xps 12.
these two devices are the only convertibles powerful enough for playing games with really good graphics.
Comment: Excellent well thought out and in depth review, a refreshing change from all those reviewers complaning that it will never quite be a "proper" tablet or laptop, seemingly completely missing the point that it was never intended to be!
I have ordered mine, and will report back after living with it for a while.
Just a point about the prices quoted in the review. The £1000 version, which is the one I have ordered, gets you the spec quoted but the i5 chip. £849 will get you the base model with the i3 chip and 2gb RAM. Yes it's pricey but as soon as I saw one I abandoned my plans to buy the £600 VAIO laptop I was about to order.
Good: Get the best of both worlds on the move
Bad: Price but you do get a lot for your buck
Comment: Having used a Google's Nexus 7 tablet since it came out it has really made it possible to manage my email and Google Drive on the move. Problem is though that you do not get the same functionality as you get on the desktop. The singnature for example does have the ability to have a graphic or you can not edit the content of a table and so on. As a hard core Google Apps user I do need access to a laptop or desktop. The Sony Duo 11 provides a solution that meets my needs. The ease of use of a table and the functionality of a laptop for on the move.
Good: Screen size, processor speed, storage space
Bad: price, not sure who the target is
Comment: Not a bad product and I think there will be many more similar type products hitting the market going forward. I don't think it would be the device for me personally. I am looking for something between a tablet and a laptop but leaning more to the tablet side. This one is definitely more laptop than tablet. How much does this thing way? Also how thick is it? If this is the device for you, check out coupons for Sony at wantacode UK (link below).
Good: Design & Power
Bad: Battery life & a few design flaws
Comment: Its an awesome innovation from Sony. A complete top of the line laptop in a tablet sized body (and what a hot body it is). Albeit there are a couple of nooks: the abandoned digitizer pen, less than perfect battery life, a couple of hanging wires underneath the slider mechanism. The first two of these troubles can be done away easily with the sheet battery (adding a negligible amount of weight), which leaves just one, and I can completely live with that. I personally find this Hybrid the best of the windows 8 brigade unveiled uptill now. I am a huge Sony & VAIO fan.
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