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

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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Topic: Mobility
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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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The Duo 11 comes with a pen - scroll through to the next screen to see how it works.

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Writing on the Duo 11 works just fine. Getting Windows 8 to accurately interpret the writing is a slightly less sure affair.

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