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Sony VAIO Duo SVD13215PXB 13.3-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U Processor, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 8 Professional) Carbon Black

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  • Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8 GHz
  • 8 GB
  • 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Touch-Enabled Screen
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Product Description

Sony VAIO SVD13215PXB 13.3-Inch Laptop

Sony make . believe

It’s the best of both worlds: a full HD laptop and a tablet in one. All in a carbon fiber, surf slider design that’s ready from the word “go.” Write notes or draw with the digitizer stylus, type an email or use your fingers to pinch, swipe and scroll your way through the web. Equipped with a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4500U processor, 8GB4 of memory and weighing only 2.93 lbs. It’s versatility redefined.


Smooth Surf Slider® design

The unique and durable Surf Slider® design allows smooth transitions between tablet and laptop modes. Interact with the tablet by using the stylus or your fingers on the 10 point capacitive touchscreen. When you need the speed of real keys, simply slide the screen back to reveal the keyboard. It’s durable carbon fiber thin and light design is perfect for the mobile user on the go.

More brilliant color than ever

The 13.3” Full HD 1920 x 1080p touchscreen LCD with TRILUMINOS Display creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors – just the way you want to see them. Thanks to a new-generation technology that makes colors purer and more distinct with a wider color range, giving images a heightened sense of depth. Equipped with IPS (in-plane switching) technology so you can enjoy a crisp image from any viewing angle - perfect for giving an important presentation or watching the latest blockbuster hit.

Make your mark

The digitizer stylus delivers precise performance allowing you to write, draw, and tap the touchscreen effortlessly. With every stroke, the digitizer stylus captures even the most subtle nuances of pressure, allowing you to adjust line weight, brush size, and more by pressing harder or softer with the pen. When the pen is near the screen, the touch sensors are turned off so you can maintain a comfortable writing position, even laying your palm on the PC. Two tips are included, allowing you to simulate working with a variety of traditional art and design materials.

Active, even during sleep

Wake up your VAIO® Duo 13 and resume in less than a second. During sleep mode your VAIO® Duo is connected to the Internet and your applications are running and ready to go. You can immediately check the status of incoming emails and other communications just like with a smartphone. And with the long battery life, you can stay connected for all day mobility.

On the cutting edge of SSD technology

Get quicker boot-ups, faster application launches and overall enhanced performance. And of course, since SSD (Solid State Drive) technology includes no moving parts, you get a more durable storage solution less prone to physical damage.

ArtRage® Studio Pro

ArtRage Studio Pro contains all the tools of ArtRage Studio: oils, watercolors, and inking pens making it easy to produce natural looking artwork on your computer. This version is ideal for artists who need to edit their projects in more depth, supporting Photoshop® compatible filters, real world color blending, post-spray editable stickers, and more.

Additional Features

One-touch connection

Quickly share music and URLs with compatible devices. See the same website that’s on your smartphone from your VAIO® PC. With NFC (Near Field Communication), it all happens by simply tapping compatible devices together on the touch icon. Connecting devices has never been this easy.

Night Shift

Practical innovation is a cornerstone of Sony’s vision, and our keyboards are no exception. The keyboard features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. When typing in dim light, an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering to make it even easier to find the right keys.

Simple multi-gesture touchpad

The multi-gesture touchpad is the most intuitive way to interact with your laptop. Scroll with two fingers, pinch to zoom in and out of images, swipe to flip through pages or photos, and you can even rotate an image, and much more. Use your touchpad in the same way as if you were touching the screen. Swipe in from the right to reveal charms or return to the start screen. Swipe in from the left to switch to your last
used app.

Industry-leading support

There's nothing standard about the standard Sony limited warranty on VAIO® computers. We cover parts and labor on covered repairs. And we have extensive on-line support where you can chat with an associate and access drivers, software updates, FAQs, user forums and more. Or if you prefer, you can just call us on the phone8. We are here to help.

The handiest port around

Forgot to charge your phone or mp3 player? Just plug your device via USB cord into the USB sleep charge port and start charging. Even if the PC is shut down and not plugged in you can still use it. And don’t forget that the USB 3.0 port is perfect for connecting a compatible external hard drive and allowing you to wait less and transfer data up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.

Scan your documents

Cam Scanner is a document scanning app that enables you to edit, organize and keep track of multiple documents. Use the 8 megapixel Exmor RS® camera to take photo of a document or notes written on a whiteboard. The app automatically scans and straightens any distortions. You can share the document to a note app to edit or add notes. Easily search for archived files using OCR technology.

Note Anytime for VAIO® PCs

Note Anytime for VAIO helps you easily take notes using the digitizer stylus or keyboard. This note taking and organizational tool will not only convert your handwriting to text, but also lets you add your own creative touch by drawing on the touchscreen with your finger or stylus so you can include hand drawn diagrams or images. You can organize your notes by specific subject or project, and even add images that you clip from the web using Active Clip® or directly from your albums.

Active Clip®

See an image on the web that would be a great addition to your presentation? Use Active Clip® to trace or draw a freehand outline using your digitizer pen around the image. With intelligent edge detection you can quickly crop images in seconds with auto edge detection. Then save to your presentation, clipboard or Note Anytime for VAIO® PC where you can write or draw on it, save it, or send it to someone in e-mail.

Enjoy your PC on your HDTV

Wirelessly stream all the things you love-movies, photos, websites, and more-live from your PC to your HDTV9.

VAIO® Movie Creator

Quickly and easily make a movie just the way you like it from your own photos or videos. Enhance your movies with your choice of 45 design themes and music. VAIO® Movie Creator adds the transitions and effects automatically so your movie looks polished and professional. Once your movie is ready, share it on Facebook®, YouTube™, or other social networking and video sharing sites.

PC tune-ups and maintenance made easy

With the newest version of VAIO Care™ software you get an easy-to-use tool that lets you tune up, update and troubleshoot your VAIO® PC. Just press the ASSIST button to effortlessly install and uninstall new software and drivers, use the visual interface to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, create restore and recovery media, and connect with Sony phone, chat or online support when you need to talk with a Sony expert.

Sony's Media Apps

Experience your content like never before with Sony's Media Apps. We bring together the very best of Sony’s state-of-the-art technologies to provide an exceptional experience. You get seamless connectivity across all of your compatible Sony devices to your content. Share and play with your content as you choose. Quick and easy access to content stored locally, on DLNA® servers, or from PlayMemories Online™.


1. GHz denotes maximum microprocessor internal clock speed and may vary based on application.

2. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit

3. Available on select Intel® Core™ processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology-enabled system. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit

4. 1 GB = one billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity will be less.

8. For some third party software, Sony provides initial support. Additional support may be available from the applicable vendor. Availability may vary by vendor.

9. Requires an Intel® Wireless Display-enabled system, compatible adapter, and TV. 1080p and Blu-ray™ or other protected content playback only available on 2nd gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs with built-in visuals enabled, a compatible adapter and media player, and supporting Intel WiDi software and graphics driver installed. Consult your PC manufacturer. For more information, see

10. Based on Sony engineering. Actual performance may vary considerably based on hardware configuration, software, power management settings, environmental conditions, wireless connectivity and other factors. Maximum battery capacity will normally decrease with time and use.

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Sony and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. Blu-ray Disc is a trademark. Intel, Core, and Centrino are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners

Product Information

Color: Black
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Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor1.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive256 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4400
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameSony
Item model numberSVD13215PXB
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8 Professional
Item Weight2.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8.27 x 13 x 0.77 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size256
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeNo
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
Batteries:1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #15,988 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJune 26, 2013
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts provided free for 90 days from the date of purchase.

Warranty, Labor: All labor costs covered for 90 days from the date of purchase. Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresentsRead more the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Darcy B. on July 19, 2013
Color: Black
First: the Amazon product description isn't accurate. This laptop contains a 256 GB SSD, but no conventional hard drive. (They currently list it with a 500 GB HD, which is not correct.)

The good: this is the laptop I'd been holding out for. It's fast enough and capable enough to run Adobe Photoshop with no problems or to allow me to manipulate a hugely complicated Excel spreadsheet filled with formulas without any noticeable lag. At the same time, it wakes up in less than 2 seconds, and the touchscreen when folded down into tablet position is great for taking notes on. The battery lasts far longer than most laptops, generally giving me 8-10 hours of work before running out. It's shockingly light.

The bad: while the hinge works great, I worry about its long-term sturdiness. The webcam light often stays on, which is creepy. The angle of the screen isn't adjustable, so although the brightness makes it readable from many angles, if you'd like a different angle than the default for ergonomic reasons you're just out of luck.

No buyers remorse on my part a week into having it, but I'd say that the primary audience is people who need high performance, long battery life, a touch screen, and light weight all wrapped up into one package that they're willing to pay a premium for.

UPDATED: It appears to be the case right now that there's no pressure sensitivity for the stylus in Photoshop. That might or might not be a dealbreaker for folks, and it might or might not eventually get fixed with a driver update.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DC-Brooklyn on August 29, 2013
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This is a review of the stock version with 8gb RAM and 256gb HDD.

My needs include grading and commenting on papers and exams for graduate school students. I wanted a convertible tablet with digital ink capabilities, that was larger than the typical 11.6 inch tablet. I needed something that could handle very large PDF files, so I could read and mark-up coursebooks in PDF form. Ideally, I would be able to replace my iPad and Macbook Air with one device.

Along the way, I tried the Asus Transformerbook TX300. It was too heavy, lacked the digital pen capability, and too slow in handling large pdf files. (It also had defective keyboard unit). I tried the Samsung ATIV 700t. The ATIV 700t had digital ink, but was as sluggish as the Transformerbook with large PDF files, and the screen was too small at 11.6 inches.

I thought a long time before going with this Sony -- not sure I liked the slider form; concerned about the Wifi problems people seemed to have. But, I went with it, and find it to be extremely useable, and a great fit for my purposes.

The slider format, I've discovered, is far superior to the detachable tablet approach in the Transformerbook and the ATIV 700t. For marking papers in MS WORD, I can easily change from typed comments to handwritten comments, just by sliding from notebook to tablet. It's quick, and simple. Durability may be an issue, but I plan to get Square Trade or some other kind of extended protection.

The unit is light enough that I can and do take it with me to work on a daily basis, as I did with the iPad. It boots up very quickly. Easy to use it to get work done in the subway, or wherever.

I have not had any significant Wifi problems.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By RTZ on July 30, 2013
Color: Black
I own the Sony Vaio Duo 13 with i7-4650, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and Windows 8 Pro. It is an impressive convertible ultrabook.

The device feels very solid and has a premium feel.
- The left and right edges of the screen bezel has a slight lip near the middle that catches your fingernail (it's not perfectly flush).
- There are two hooks on the base that attaches to the bottom of the screen to keep it secured when the screen is up, but the hooks can sometimes miss and the screen needs to be realigned. If the Duo is on a 45-degree or more slant then the screen will become unhooked and hang loose.
- This ultrabook does not have a lock hole.

The Duo 13 is lightweight for a laptop but not light enough for one-handed use as a tablet.

Beautiful IPS display.
- The screen can be hard to view in direct sunlight.
- The screen is great, although a 60-degree angle (like the MS Surface) instead of 45 would be better. The IPS display has decent viewing angles so I can live with that.
- The sliding screen design allows the screen to be closer within reach than traditional laptops. I like this design over others where the screen is further at the edge of the base.
- Having the screen on top and slide out has its benefits to be used as a tablet/slate without having the keyboard in the way. This was one of the main reasons why I chose the Duo over the Pro.
- It would be nice if the screen can somehow flip out of the way if you didn't need it. All I need is the keyboard when connected to an external display and the blank screen is just in the way.
- Other ultrabooks may have higher resolution screens but 1080p seems sufficient for this 13" screen.
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