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A much-improved take on the Windows 8 slider

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Sony completely revamped its slider design for the VAIO Duo 13, and the result is a well-made machine with longer battery life and a more comfortable keyboard.

Critic reviews

7.5
7 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Battery life
    9.1
  • Display
    8.2
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Expandability
    7.0
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4

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User reviews

8.3
3 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jun 4, 2013

Sony completely revamped its slider design for the VAIO Duo 13, and the result is a well-made machine with longer battery life and a more comfortable keyboard.

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8.0
CNET Jun 12, 2013

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is ambitious, but less universally useful than other Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids. There may not be a real need for a slider-style PC.

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7.0
PC Mag Jul 15, 2013

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a slick-looking hybrid ultraportable that gives you solid performance and a full workday's worth of battery power. The 13.3?inch touch screen display delivers a crisp picture with brilliant colors but its viewing angle performance could be better.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 13, 2013

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is a versatile 2-in-1 Ultrabook and tablet that offers long battery life and robust pen support, but the typing experience and touchpad are drawbacks.

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8.0
TechRadar Jun 24, 2013

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is an excellent product, and probably the best hybrid Ultrabook/tablet device we've seen, but with such a hefty price tag it's still not enough to convince us to ditch our separate laptops and tablets.

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8.0
T3 Jul 2, 2013

It's been a fantastic performance from the Sony, and it's made a huge leap forward in terms of battery life. The touchscreen, Haswell and slim build combine to form one of the best Windows 8 laptops money can buy - just not one of the best tablets.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jun 7, 2013

This powerful laptop has an outstanding battery life, setting the standard for all Ultrabooks to come, but we have some issues with the screen and hinge

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First Looks

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CNET Jun 4, 2013

While it's still not going to be a mainstream device, the new Duo 13 takes a stab at rebooting the slider and correcting some of the things that were so irksome about the original Duo 11. Most importantly, the sliding mechanism for exposing the keyboard is much-improved.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 6, 2013

We're not quite sold on who will actually want to use it in tablet mode, given the size. It's more akin to the Windows tablets of old, than the new generation of slim and light like the Surface Pro.

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TrustedReviews Jun 6, 2013

The closer you look, the more the Sony Vaio Duo 13 appears an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ device that has a little too much of the oddball vibe of the original Duo 11. However, in use it still solves many of that earlier model’s problems, including a better keyboard, much better looks...

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V3 Jun 5, 2013

Having had a go with Sony's Duo 13 we have to say our opening impressions are positive and our brief encounter with the convertible left us wanting more.

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8.0
chicosy chicosy

This is the perfect laptop/tablet for the right kind of market. I wanted a touch enabled laptop that worked like a tablet. The Lenovo Yoga just didn't feel right for me while my experience with the Asus Transformer series of tablets made me hate carrying portable keyboard around. The only thing...

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