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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Much-improved design
  • Bright 1080p display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Cramped touchpad
  • Oddly placed rear camera
76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

76
 

User Reviews

80
heuristik
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
chicosy
This is the perfect laptop/tablet for the right kind of market. I wanted a touch...read more
90
docmo
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
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.
Product Review
CNET
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.
Product Review
Pocket-Lint
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.
Product Review
TrustedReviews
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 and an improved hinge.
Product Review
V3
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.
 
80
Expert Reviews
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
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
TechRadar
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.
 
80
T3
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.
 
70
PC Mag
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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