August 27th 2012 5:07 pm

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A Windows 8 slider that falls short

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Despite its inherent downsides -- a cramped keyboard chief among them -- there's plenty of appeal to a slider device. It's a tablet and a laptop in one, after all. But, like Smucker's Goober two-in-one PB & J, the VAIO Duo 11 slider is appealing in theory, but disappointing in practice. Fact is, the Duo doesn't offer a thin enough design or long enough battery life to cut it as a tablet, and its keyboard is too cramped to make for a good Ultrabook. Yes, the Gorilla Glass display is brilliant, performance is zippy and an accurate digitizer pen is included, but those generous specs don't disguise a half-baked product.

Critic reviews

6.3
12 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    5.8
  • Battery life
    5.3
  • Display
    8.7
  • Durability
    6.8
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
    5.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.2

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User reviews

8.5
4 reviews
7.0
Engadget Dec 17, 2012

Despite its inherent downsides -- a cramped keyboard chief among them -- there's plenty of appeal to a slider device. It's a tablet and a laptop in one, after all. But, like Smucker's Goober two-in-one PB & J, the VAIO Duo 11 slider is appealing in theory but disappointing in practice.

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7.0
CNET Oct 11, 2012

As a tablet running Windows 8, the Sony Vaio Duo 11 is good if you're OK with its weight and size. But saying it's both a tablet and a full laptop is a stretch. It's certainly powerful enough to do both, but in the end its design is too limiting for those who want the best of both worlds.

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6.0
PC Mag Oct 11, 2012

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 (D11213CX) merges ultrabook and tablet in hopes of making the perfect Windows 8 machine, but it's an awkward combination.

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5.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 11, 2012

The Sony VAIO Duo 11's sliding touch screen and keyboard attempts to deliver the best Windows 8 has to offer, but it doesn't quite succeed.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 10, 2012

...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.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 10, 2012

Although inherently a laptop, the VAIO Duo 11 can't help but feel a bit like an oversized, and ultimately expensive - yet powerful - tablet. Which is rather confusing.

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7.0
Computer Shopper Oct 11, 2012

Sony's first hybrid Windows 8 tablet/ultrabook wows us with its 1080p IPS screen and impressive components. Note the compromises, though: Battery life is short, and the keyboard, while backlit, is cramped.

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7.0
PC Pro Oct 15, 2012

Sony’s convertible tablet gets Windows 8 off to an exhilarating start, but ergonomic niggles tarnish the experience.

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7.0
TechRadar Oct 23, 2012

While it's not a perfect laptop-tablet hybrid, and certainly won't have mass appeal, Sony has furthered the Windows 8 cause with an exceptionally powerful device that challenges the perceptions of what tablets can achieve.

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9.0
samiriskander samiriskander

great device and specs. I use it for school to take notes sometimes using the included stylus absolutely perfect. i got used to the keyboard after a couple of hours of usage. the only cons that i can think of are that the screen angle can't be changed when using the keyboard and the battery life...

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