Sony's Vaio Duo 11 combines tablet and ultrabook worlds: hands-on

Sony's Vaio Duo 11 combines tablet and ultrabook worlds: hands-on

Summary: The Windows 8-powered Vaio Duo 11 is very much aimed at the road warrior, working either as a large tablet or small ultrabook.


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  • Sony's Vaio Duo 11 has, as the name hints, an 11.6-inch screen.

    That puts it on the large side for a tablet, and the small side for an ultrabook. In a professional context, though, both could have their advantages.

    At 1.3kg, it is in line with ultrabook portability. The large touchscreen, which can be written on, could also be handy.

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  • Above the ports - not much to be said there - you can see the hinge mechanism that turns the Duo 11 tablet into an ultrabook.

    Sony calls this a 'surf slider' design. It certainly seems to convert quite easily, with only one hand needed for the job.

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  • The Duo 11 has a backlit keyboard. The pointer you see is quite essential for those without a mouse, as the device has no trackpad.

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Topics: Mobility, Tablets, Windows

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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