Sony Vaio Duo 13


Among their several new lines of Haswell ultrabooks, Sony launched the Vaio Duo 13 as well.

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We’ve tested their previous Vaio Duo 11 a while ago & there were a couple of things I didn’t like about that particular laptop. The 13 inch version promises to lớn fix many of them, while boosting a brand new hãng intel Haswell hardware platform & some nice Sony tweaks.

Still, the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is among the first Haswell ultrabooks you will be able khổng lồ buy, hitting the sores on June 9th. The first đánh giá for this unit are in & unlike the Vaio Duo 11, the 13 managed lớn score good marks. Those being said and given the features bundled by this machine, I believe the Duo 13 is among the most interesting new ultraboks of the moment.

You’ll see why below. For starters though, check out the các mục of specifications, so you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about here.

Sony Vaio Duo 13 specs sheet

Sony Vaio Duo 13
Screen13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, Triluminous
ProcessorIntel Haswell bộ vi xử lý core i5/i7
ChipsetIntel HM87
VideoIntel HD Graphics 4400 or 5000 (for bộ vi xử lý core i7 options)
Memory4-16 GB DDR3
Hard-disk128 to 512 GB SSDs (uncluding RAIDs)
ConnectivityWireless N, công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.0, WiDi, LTE
Ports2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card-reader, HD webcam
Baterry10h+ battery
Operating systemWindows 8 Pro
Sizeunder 0.8 inch thick
Weightaround 2.9 pounds
Extrasslider, available in black & white

Alright, so there are several things you should notice from the specs. First, this ultrabook runs on Haswell hardware, & you’ll be able lớn choose between some i5 and i7 configurations, all with different graphics. The Intel chip core i5-4200U processor is bundled with intel 4400 graphics, which is basically a GT2 chip, as Chippy noticed here, so it shouldn’t be much faster than the hãng intel 4000 cpu used on most Ivy Bridge ultrabooks. The intel i7 option however will offer 5000 graphics, part of the new GT3 family, that promises twice the performances of the 4xxxs lines. We’ll see.

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Then, you should notice that the Duo 13 is not a lot larger than the Duo 11 & only less than 0.1 pounds heavier, and that’s because the Duo 11 was quite beefy by itself (for an 11.6 inch machine), with thick bezels. That’s why the Duo 13 doesn’t feel a lot bigger and should be quite comfortable to lớn use. Yes, it’s still a 13 inch machine and weighs about 2.9 pounds, so it doesn’t feel like an máy tính bảng ipad or other tablets, but it’s not that bad either in tablet mode, especially if you want lớn have an all-in-one device.

Because that’s what the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is. An all-in-one mini laptop. You can use it as a tablet, or as a notebook. Sliding up the screen reveals a decent sized keyboard và a tiny touchpad. Yes, the Duo 13 is still a slider, and that means you can’t adjust the viewing angles, but for the average user that might not matter that much. And the sliding mechanism actually looks quite cool, plus was improved from the one on the Duo 11. It’s called the “Surf Slider mechanism” now & feels more solid, while works far smoother, based on my brief experience with this unit.


Sony Vaio Duo 13 – still a slider-, but definitely an improved one

Those being said, I hope to lớn have a detailed reviews for the Duo 13 very soon. In the meantime, let me know what vị you think about this laptop, what you like about it và what you wish Sony would have done better.

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