In a Windows 8 rush, the PC manufacturing giant Sony introduced its unique idea of a hybrid ultraportable, realized in its new VAIO Duo 11 machine. This time the manufacturer’s creation stands out with its one-of-a-kind slider-like design. Thanks to the system’s Surf Slider mechanism, it switches smoothly between a powerful ultrabook and a multi-media tablet. Hopefully, our review will help you decide if the Duo 11 hybrid is a worthwhile choice.
Let’s return to the design first. The whole Sony VAIO Duo 11’s system including its hinge mechanism is made of magnesium alloy, which makes it feel very durable and sturdy. The 11-inch screen covered with a scratch-resistant glass comes surrounded by a glossy black bezel that helps avoid fingerprints. In terms of size and weight, Duo 11 comes in at 2.8 pounds and with its dimensions of 12.6×7.8x 0.71 inches (WxDxH) is almost the same size as 13-inch ultrabooks (though it features an 11-inch display).
The VAIO Duo 11’s keyboard is backlit and features a comfortably spacious layout. Thanks to the hybrid’s digitizer stylus technology, its touch-screen supports pen input that recognizes 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and allows for almost natural handwriting.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 will hit the market with very competitive specifications such as latest-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 chips for maximum productivity, 4GB RAM along with a 128GB or 256GB SSD. Connectivity options will include a good selection of ports: the Sony’s convertible is expected to boast an HDMI-out, two USB 3.0 sockets, an Ethernet jack along with a memory card slot, a headphone jack and a VGA. Apart from an integrated 4,960-mAh battery, the manufacturer offers an additional unit to increase the slider’s longevity.
The USA prices for the reviewed VAIO Duo 11 ultraportable start at $1,100 for the base-level configuration. Hopefully, as time goes by, it will drop to something more reasonable. We will stay tuned to offer you detailed reviews including best prices and some hot bargains.