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VAIO Duo 13 A Second Go at Windows 8

Round 2!  Sony’s giving it a second go at creating and utilizing a full Windows 8 experience through the convertible ultrabook form factor.  The first attempt saw Sony receive mixed reviews with its Sony VAIO Duo 11.  This time around, Sony has changed some things around, most notably making things bigger while at the same time keeping things light.

The Duo 13, however, seeks to fix last year’s flaws, with a larger footprint. It’s a 13-inch device with (finally) a small trackpad, and a far more typing-friendly keyboard. Sony also shrunk the extra-large, somewhat industrial-style sliding mechanism that made last year’s unit run, replacing it with a far less bulky, far more elegant mechanism in the center of the unit. Another issue with last year’s unit – the lack of a spot to place the unique stylus that was supposed to add even more value to the Duo last year – has also been rectified, with a tiny holder.

Read more: Sony announces Vaio Duo 13 and Pro line of laptops 

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Convertible Ultrabooks

VAIO Duo Digitizer Overview

Now that Windows 8 has been out for a while, consumers have had some time to see a handful of new convertible ultrabook designs that attempt implement this revolutionary edition of Microsoft’s next generation operating system.

There have been some innovative designs, but the Sony VAIO Duo 11 stands out, especially for professionals that require a digitizer in their line of work. Not only does the VAIO Duo come with a digitizer, which not many convertible ultrabook systems have, this Sony device has been engineered with a great design which enables the digitizer to reliably execute its functions on the touch display through its well-supported form factor design.

Check out what I’m talking about with this video review which emphasizes the digitizer use and the stability the Duo offers.

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Ultrabooks

Sony VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook Digitizer Pen

There are some ultrabook convertible tablets but few have digitizer pens shipped with them. While this feature may not be a big issue for some, it could be for others, especially for those that prefer to write and draw on the tablet with a stylus pen.

Sony’s VAIO Duo 11 is one of the best Windows 8 convertible tablets out there. Not only does it have a digitizer pen available for users, it’s a solid device that’s been engineered well.

The digitizer layer and pen on the Sony Vaio Duo is excellent and really helped by having the most stable screen design possible. It’s locked into position and is stable enough to take full pressure on the pen without bouncing or tipping back. It’s great design for those wanting to use a pen. For those not wanting to use a pen you might be encouraged to try with the full HD screen as text and selection boxes tend to be smaller.

Read More At:  Sony Vaio Duo 11 First Impressions


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Ultrabooks

Sony VAIO Duo 11 Design

There have been some interesting designs found on the handful of Windows 8 hybrid ultrabooks out on the market today.  If you haven’t seen Sony’s implementation of touch computing on its tablet/ultrabook convertible, you can check it out here on this website or on Sony’s.  GizmoFinder has many articles highlighting different takes on the system, and you’ll find them informative. Just search for the appropriate tags.

The VAIO Duo 11 will appeal to those that want a conveniently sized computing device that has both tablet and ultrabook computing features. Two significant highlights found on this device and not on many other comparable systems are the Full HD display and the packaged stylus.

Here’s a teaser of an article that talks more about the Sony VAIO Duo 11

Sony’s take with the Vaio Duo 11 is to have a screen that elevates as you slide it from tablet mode to reveal its dinky keyboard. There’s no trackpad though, just an optical TrackPoint controller – think recent BlackBerrys – and a slither of buttons for left/centre/right clicks beneath the spacebar. Given the display is a touchscreen, Sony almost gets away with it, but having full HD 1920 x 1080 on an 11.6-inch screen demands some pretty accurate poking at times, so for good measure, a stylus is included too. Is this helpful or distracting? I’ll get back to you on that.

Read More At Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook


Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Ultrabooks

Watch How a Sony VAIO Duo Is Put Together

An ultrabook is basically a laptop that has a very thin and light design. It’s built to be easy to carry around and to have good battery life. The system is very appropriate for users that are frequently on the move, such as college students and mobile professionals.

With the advent of Windows 8, which places a big focus on touch functionality, ultrabooks have taken on a very interesting evolution of sorts. Many PC vendors started to combine the ultrabook form factor with that of a tablet, creating what they call a convertible tablet. These devices in one way or another, switch back and forth between tablet mode and ultrabook mode

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is one example of the many hybrid convertible designs out on the market. It incorporates a keyboard slider mechanism that is revealed when the device is in ultrabook mode. Otherwise, the keyboard remains hidden underneath the display when in tablet mode.

Check out this Sony video which documents the assembly of a VAIO Duo ultrabook. You’ll see what components go into this system and you’ll also probably have a better understanding of the design after viewing.

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Convertible Ultrabooks

A VAIO Duo 11 & Surface Pro Showdown

The Microsoft Surface Pro just came out and some might be wondering how it stacks up against similar Windows 8 tablet devices. Well Lisa Gade over at Mobile Tech Review has just done a pretty comprehensive video review comparing the Surface Pro with the VAIO Duo. Both machines have comparable technical specifications. Keep in mind the Surface Pro is has more of the traditional slate tablet design, so it’s a tad smaller and requires keyboard that can be attached on, while the Sony is a hybrid convertible ultrabook with a built-in keyboard.

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Series Ultrabooks

The VAIO Duo 11 Compared With an Asus Taichi 21

A new Windows 8 convertible has come out in the Asus Taichi 21. It features a very interesting setup where two displays are used between the tablet and the laptop modes. Watch this video to see how it stacks up against the Sony VAIO Duo 11, a very similarly built machine.

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo 11 Series Convertibles

Comparing the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Sony VAIO DUO & Toshiba Satellite U925t

A handful of Windows 8 hybrids have been out for a while, and the three most notable ones are the IdeaPad Yoga 13, the Sony VAIO Duo 11, and the Toshiba Satellite U925t. Each devices uses its own interesting design in attempt to implement both the ultrabook and the tablet form factors. While these systems are great for the casual mobile user because of their flexibility and their lightness, they do carry with them some caveats. Keep in mind these aren’t your normal laptops. They conform to Intel’s Ultrabook specifications in their designs. That means that certain things, such as computing power and storage are going to be lacking to some extent. Ultra-low voltage processors and expensive solid state drives ship with these machines.

The major drawback, one that afflicts its competitors as well, is the minimal storage capacity — or, more specifically, the amount of it claimed by Windows 8 system files. Fewer than half the 128 gigabytes on my test machine were available for my own applications, files and content. The least expensive model with a more plausible 256 GB, available in the U.S. only through Best Buy, is $1,400.

Read More at Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, Sony Duo 11, Toshiba Satellite U925t, Touchscreen Laptops

VAIO Duo 11 – One of the Better Win8 Hybrids

There definitely has been an interesting slew of Windows 8 hybrids that have been released this past month. We’ve seen devices that twist, fold, flip and rotate between the tablet and the laptop form factors. While not many of these machines have made stood out and amazed us, the VAIO Duo 11 has. Why is that you might ask? Because it provides the best balance of design and computing performance that we’ve seen among the Windows 8 convertibles. Sony’s VAIO Duo 11 is easy to use and has great specifications.

If you’re interested in a comprehensive product review on the Sony VAIO Duo 11, check out MobileTechReview.  Lisa Gade has written up a detailed overview of the device.

The Vaio Duo 11 is fast, portable, great looking and we love the 1080p display, not to mention the digital pen with pressure sensitivity. It’s quickly become one of my favorite Windows 8 machines. If you’re looking for a decked-out Ultrabook-convertible, the Sony has everything for a relatively reasonable price: a bright IPS 1080p display, fast Intel Core i5 and i7 ULV CPUs, fast SSD drives and plenty of ports including full size HDMI, VGA and wired Ethernet. It’s one of the few Windows 8 launch tablets to come with a digital pen (the bundled $60 Art Rage Pro is a nice bonus) and you’re not limited to 4 gigs of RAM. It’s also RAM and SSD upgradeable if you’re patient with all those screws that hold it together.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11: A Tablet With A Slide Out Keyboard

Touch computing has become more and more popular with the advent of tablets and smartphones.  With the release of Windows 8 just right around the corner, touch computing will be given a big push on laptop and desktop computing platforms.

A myriad of devices from PC vendors have been make public in the weeks before the October 26th release date of Windows 8.  We’ve seen some interesting concepts from big players such as Sony, Lenovo and Toshiba.  There are ultrabooks, tablets, convertible tablets, hybrids, etc.

One interesting design can be found in Sony’s VAIO Duo 11.  For those that aren’t completely sold on typing on a glass display, the VAIO Duo 11, is a good option to test out the touch computing experience with.  While the system functions like a tablet, it also has a draw-out keyboard that allows for traditional tactile typing.  The keyboard is built right in and slides out when needed.

How consumers will receive the Sony VAIO Duo 11 remains up in the air.  Only time will tell.  But the design does seem logical, especially as the computer world transitions to this new form of computing.  Small, light and easy to use, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is worth looking at.

Most Windows 8 devices coming out are tablets with keyboard docks, and this is where the Sony VAIO Duo 11 sets itself apart. Rather than having a detachable keyboard, the Duo 11 has one built-in. This makes it more portable than, say, an iPad with a separate keyboard that needs to be connected before using. One possible downside of this, though, is that the screen can only sit at one angle when the keyboard is in use due to the hinge mechanism supporting it. Still, it is one of only a few slider PCs on the market, and its competition is up against a pretty powerful device.

Read More At First look: Sony VAIO Duo 11 Review

Current Special Offers For: VAIO Duo Ultrabooks