The market has changed a lot. After notebooks, netbooks and ultrabooks, now have hybrids. This new category of laptops integrates the advanced capabilities of ultrabooks with the interactivity of tablets.
Several brands have entered this wave, including Sony, which, incidentally, is one of the most innovative companies in this area. Recently, the manufacturer launched the VAIO Duo 11, a high-performance hybrid that is already ready for Windows 8.
We had the opportunity to test all the features of this model. Today, we will share our experiences and opinions about this ultrabook differentiated. However, before anything, check the specifications of the device:
- Screen: IPS touchscreen with LED backlight 11.6 “(1920×1080 pixels)
- OS: Windows 8 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i7 (3517U) 1.9 GHz
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- RAM: 6 GB DDR3 (1600 MHz)
- Storage: 128GB SSD
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n – Bluetooth 4.0 – NFC
- Webcam: 2.4 MP (HD)
- Rear Camera: 2.4 MP (HD)
- Battery: 4960 mAh (lasts up to 4h45min)
- Connections: 2 USB 3.0 ports – HDMI – VGA – Phone – Gigabit Network
- Weight: 1.3 kg
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 32 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
Relatively light and compact
Considering we’re talking about a ultrabook, we can say that the VAIO Duo 11 is lightweight, compact and thin. It meets the specifications of Intel and manages to impress with its small size. At first sight it is striking, because the design of the device is bold.
However, analyzing the device as a tablet, we must emphasize that it leaves a bit to be desired. Due to the weight and proportions-endowed, is not very comfortable holding it with your hands. Anyway, we still consider that Sony did a great job with this hybrid.
Importantly, the weight and thickness of the product are reflections of the hardware. To include a robust configuration, Sony was forced to move outside. Basically, just have a few kilograms to compensate more, after this unit brings the Intel Core i7-3517U inside.
The 6 GB memory type DDR3 and 128GB SSD also help in the hour of strenuous activity. Basically, this ultrabook is capable of running the software more robust without you having to wait too long.
You may not get to use all that processing power, but such components guarantee speed in loading system, the video playback and execution of large applications. For the record, the boot occurred in only 5 seconds.
The display perfect for a hybrid
The whole experience of the Duo is only 11 full screen thanks to Full HD resolution and simultaneous detection of up to ten fingers. In our tests, the display showed images incredibly sharp, clean colors and immediate answers.
It is worth noting, however, that due to the high resolution, icons and text can be very small on the screen. Sometimes, this may bother you, but just modify the system preferences to increase the items and get a more fruitful experience.
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 comes with a special pen to improve the usability of the touch screen commands. The accessory that accompanies this ultrabook is very good, perfect for greater accuracy with small items that are on the screen.
The pen provides a high level of accuracy, immediate responses and 256 levels of pressure. Nevertheless, it can not be considered suitable for professional drawings. Anyway, if you want to do some sketches, maybe it serves to break a twig.
Design and edge connectivity
The design of the VAIO Duo 11 also deserves mention. We were impressed with the sliding screen that turns the tablet into a simple robust ultrabook. Although some disadvantages with the rods and ribbons that appear on the back of the screen, consider that still prevails in the elegance compact.
Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 and featuring NFC technology, this hybrid like the connectivity. It brings USB 3.0 ports (one that provides power for charging devices), HDMI, card storage space (which is very welcome) and a front camera for high quality.
For those who need to make video calls or taking pictures, the Sony ultrabook has two cameras. The quality of both is satisfactory for well-lit environments, but do not expect miracles. Besides these many positive aspects, we must emphasize that the Duo 11 brings backlit keyboard, ideal for use at night.
Slide, keyboard and trackpad
Sony hit in several respects, but seems to have forgotten a few key points when mounting your ultrabook hybrid. First, we must report that the “slide” to transform the tablet into a notebook is not as intuitive and comfortable.
The stems of the device seem a bit sensitive and the movement is not natural, and you can take to get used to doing that. Incidentally, if you buy a VAIO Duo 11, worth warn their friends to not try to open the device from the front, as this may damage the product.
We had some discomfort when working with the physical keyboard. It is tighter and, therefore, has a different layout than we are accustomed. When you open the VAIO Duo 11, you find a trackpad in the middle of the keys. It should serve as a makeshift mouse, but at bottom, is nothing but a ball that hinders.
Besides bother at the time of typing, the trackpad does not offer enough precision to perform the tasks. Okay, it serves well for the hours emergency, but if you want to have a good experience with the PC, worth buying a wireless mouse.
Another problem I noticed is the physical button “Start”, which is very hard. Fortunately, when we use the product in tablet mode, you can use the virtual button that appears on the screen. Ultrabook mode, you can press the “Start” on your keyboard.
Little energy and no games
The hybrid Sony impresses with overall performance, but falls short when running games. He scored only 3 or 4 frames in the statements of 3DMark 11 and reaches only 19 fps in Resident Evil 5.
We know that this is not a PC gamer, but for the price it would bring a better graphics chip. Sure, the games to run basic Windows 8 and some independent titles, the graphics power of this machine is more than enough.
Although some definitions, which really disappointed us was the battery life. With the brightness set at maximum and using a series of apps, it marked a time of 3 hours and 40 minutes. This would be a good number for a notebook, but it’s disappointing for a device that is intended to function as a tablet.
Considering this issue, Sony set the machine to receive an additional battery. It must be purchased separately and attached to the rear of the unit. As the information of the manufacturer, using time nearly doubles, but the weight significantly increased.
It is worth
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 managed to impress us. High performance, flawless screen, good sound quality and elegant design. Considering all, this ultrabook is impressive. It costs 4800 reais at the Sony store, reasonable price when you consider that it combines a number of benefits. worth for those who want a good ultrabook and which also serves as a tablet. Who seeks only the functions of a tablet or an ultrabook, it’s good to investigate other cheaper products. Anyway, among congeners, perhaps Duo 11 is most rewarding.