Sony launched the Vaio Duo 13 as a part of the revamped lineup of Vaio Ultrabooks in the year ending 2013. The predecessor to this device was the Sony Vaio Duo 11 which had failed to impress potential buyers even though it attempted to combine the best of an Ultrabook and a tablet device to create a dynamic yet comfortable device for use.
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is definitely an improvement over the Vaio Duo 11 as the criticisms against the latter have been taken into due consideration by the company.
Appearance and hardware
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is actually a Windows 8 Hybrid with a well-thought out design and look. Sony is known for coming up with stylish devices and Sony Vaio Duo 13 definitely lives up to that reputation. It is quite an attractive looking ultrabook that measures 13 x .8 x 8.2 inches. Available in two colors of black and white, it weighs around 2 pounds and 14 ounces.
A standout feature of the Vaio Duo 13 is the hinge mechanism that allows conversion from a tablet to an ultrabook. The screen actually slides up revealing the QWERTY keyboard and docs at about 120 degrees. An added accessory to the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is the N-trig active pen.
A significant improvement seen in the Vaio Duo 13 is that the battery life has been escalated to a potential 10 hours as opposed to the measly 4 hours battery life of the Sony Vaio Duo 11. This can largely be attributed to Intel’s new Haswell processor, as it is far more energy-efficient. The Sony Vaio Duo 13 does not come with a VGA port but an HDMI to VGA adaptor. It also includes a Ethernet to Wi-Fi adaptor.
There are two cameras in the Sony Vaio Duo 13- a two megapixel front-facing camera as well as an eight megapixel rear. The lens of the front facing camera is placed at a suitable angle for a video chat.
Ports and Buttons
The ports included in the Sony Vaio Duo 13 are:
- Audio Jack (3.5mm)
- Input for charging
- Two USB Ports (Full-sized 3.0 ports)
- Combo SD/HD Duo card slot
- Full sized HDMI
There is also an NFC (Near Field Communication) radio which is a cool feature to be added to the ultrabook.
The display of the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is 1080 x 1920 Triluminos IPS. Sony has managed to achieve quite a powerful screen for a hybrid device. The colors literally pop out as the screen is so bright and sharp.