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The Sony Vaio Duo 11 Notebook - As Average As It Gets

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Price: $1640

Ratings: 2.5/5

First impressions

As we've witnessed of late, the biggest tech giants are on a roll to create the perfect hybrid - laptop cum tablet - whose main purpose is to make our life more convenient. Thus, enter - The Sony Vaio Duo 11 - one of the first few pc-sliders to hit the market. I was awfully excit­ed to open it, like a child on a sugar rush of sorts. Would it really hold up our expectations of being the ninja of hybrids? Let's find out.

The Sony Vaio Duo 11 Notebook

The Sony Vaio Duo 11 Notebook

Review

As you already know, the Vaio Duo 11, is a convertible notebook, which means it func­tions as a laptop and a tablet, as and when you'd like it. This transformation has been achieved by what Sony calls the, "Smooth Surf Slider Design", a spring loaded sliding hinge mechanism. All you have to do to change from tablet to laptop is lift the back edge of the screen and it will automatically slide up into a laptop-like position, giving way to its keyboard. What Sony may call smooth, isn't necessarily so, because it feels awkward and flimsy, like it may just break in your hands anytime, forcing you to be a little too cautious. Besides the screen can't be adjusted whatso­ever, so you're stuck with two positions at the most. Now that I'm almost done obsessing with the build, we come to the screen. This piece has a 11.6 inch screen with an astound­ing 1920 x 1080 resolution, along with the Gorilla Glass which thankfully protects it from dust and scratches, because when shut (i.e. in tablet mode) the screen feels too exposed. As far as the touch is concerned, it works fine in the tablet mode but it becomes unresponsive at times when used like a laptop. We go fur­ther down to the keyboard where I was quite intrigued at the absence of a trackpad, which was replaced by an optical mouse in between the letters. I am sure they did this to take up less space, but it wasn't a well thought out de­cision. Also, this keyboard leaves absolutely no place for any palmrest, which is again a (huge) negative point for the Vaio Duo 11. The other features includes stuff present in every other laptop - 2 USB 3.0 ports, card slot, Ethernet Port and your regular 3.5mm stereo head­phone jack. The Vaio's staggering boot time, (maybe 4 seconds tops?) is an amazing boost for your day-to-day activities. Two thumbs up for that. As far as sound and video quality are concerned, it is better than what most laptops have to offer - then again, what else would you expect with its 1920x1080 resolution? Just when you start thinking, this piece just might be okay, its short battery life makes you change your mind. After watching a few videos for about 2.5 - 3 hours, I was prompted to connect the charger. So much for uninterrupted hours of pure entertainment after a stressful day at work!

Vaio Duo 11 is a convertible notebook, which means it func¬tions as a laptop and a tablet, as and when you'd like it.

Vaio Duo 11 is a convertible notebook, which means it func­tions as a laptop and a tablet, as and when you'd like it.

Verdict

Given the amazing hybrids coming up, this Japanese Giant has to buck up as far as the Duo 11 is concerned. I am in favor of the gorgeous resolution, Intel Core i5 Processor and the 128GB SSD. But, its weak build was absolutely ap­palling, along with the tiny keyboard, problematic touch and the short bat­tery life. Sony may have hoped to cre­ate the ultimate Windows 8 PC, but it's just an awkward combination between the two. It's good, just not great and there is definitely a colossal room for improvement.

What else would you expect with its 1920x1080 resolution?

What else would you expect with its 1920x1080 resolution?

Specifications

·         11.6 inches Full HD TouchScreen

·         Intel Core i5 Process 1.7 Ghz

·         4 GB DDR3 RAM Windows 8 64-bit

·         128GB Flash Memory HDD

·         Intel HD Graphics 4000

·         1.3 Kgs

 

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