Sony VAIO Duo 11

68
Engadget
Score
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11 review: a Windows 8 slider that falls short

Summary

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 slider offers a brilliant screen and speedy performance, but its keyboard and battery life are dealbreakers.

Pros
  • Light and sturdyGreat displayGood performance
Cons
  • Cramped keyboardInelegant hinge designUnimpressive battery life
Sony VAIO Duo 11 review: a Windows 8 slider that falls short

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 was one of about a bazillion Windows 8 convertibles to debut at IFA this summer, and it stood out from a gaggle of flipping, twisting and dockable devices with its slider form factor. And it's equipped to compete with other iterations of the two-in-one concept, with a choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processors, a 1080p touchscreen coated in Gorilla Glass, a sturdy magnesium-alloy design and a generous selection of ports. Sony also bundles a stylus for tapping your way through Win 8 and doing some light photo editing, rounding out a nice list of features that could justify the $1,200-and-up price. But good specs are one thing, and ease of use is another. We've already tested a slider, the Toshiba Satellite U925t, and we walked away unimpressed -- in part because the design gets in the way of the typing experience. So, does the Duo 11 fare better despite having the same form factor? Join us past the break for the full report.

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Scores

Engadget

68
 

Breakdown

Display
8.7
Portability (size / weight)
6.2
Battery life
5.6
Expandability
4.0
Design and form factor
6.0
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Specs

VAIO

Type
Tablet (Convertible)
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
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Specs

VAIO

Type
Tablet (Convertible)
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
View Full Specs
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