|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3-SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||256 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|Card Description||integrated graphics|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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For the last one year, I have been disappointed on this laptop. WIFI connection is always weak. Sometimes the speed dropped down and the computer stopped working without any... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
WOW the active pen and sketchbook pro thogether on this computer are great. I bought only as a drawing tool, but I decided to instal office and now is my travel laptop (the other... Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Fnardu
It updated automatically to 8.1 which not does not connect to an outside projector or TV... Great! a presentation laptop where I can't do presentations with! Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Michel Fontaine
i bought this Sony Vaio Duo i7 256GB computer in "Used - Like New" condition through Amazon at a discount of ~$450 off retail price. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by doug mckenzie
I was really fast shipping and the laptop delivered as expected: well packed. However, i do not know why my laptop Vaio duo 13 i7, 256gb ssd does not have the sim card slot?Published on February 7, 2014 by Iluxman
I return this unit because it was not the newest model and the screen 13.3" was to large
for portable use.
Bought an ACER 11.3" w700. to use.
I would give it less than one star if possible. It is not reliable. Most of the time the keyboard does not work. It freezes a lot. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Olga De Castro
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