Sony Vaio Duo 13: slipped

Aug

13

2013

Sony Vaio Duo 13: slipped

Ultrabooks we have now tested at Tweakers in different shapes and sizes. ‘Classic’ laptops, laptops with omklapschermen, rotary screens and even dual screens are passed in review. A slider we tested only once before, in the form of Sony’s Vaio Duo 11. Recently, Sony Duo 13, the big brother of the Duo 11, released and that calls for a comprehensive review.

The Duo 13 is not just a larger version of the 11 “Vaio Duo, Sony has adapted. Example, the transition to the Intel Haswell architecture and the design is changed somewhat. The hinge at the back is narrower and the trackpoint is replaced by a touchpad. Sony Vaio Duo 13

With the newer and larger hardware also comes a higher price. Where the Vaio Duo 11 for 1100 euros in Pricewatch, it must be for the Duo 13 nearly 300 euros more extended. With the Duo 11 in mind we should also consider whether the new system is worth the extra money, and how the new slider is performing compared to other ultrabooks.
Appearance and impression

Sony’s slider is a compact device, when folded, the slider at the thickest point 2.5 inches thick. The front end of the Duo 13 is, as with the example Xperia Tablet Z, up to the edges with GorillaGlass. Sony seems to have the Duo 13 also become more like the Duo 11. Decided on a tablet The latter had only rubber feet on the bottom, while there by the Duo 13 a camera. The speakers and volume control buttons are moved to the bottom of the ultrabook. This has the effect that the visible edge on the front side of the ultra-book in the unfolded state is only 3 mm thick.

Using the ultrabook as other tablet is not recommended, with 1323 grams, he quickly too heavy. If the Duo on lap 13, the ultrabook is better to advantage, although the reflective screen can produce. Annoying reflections The viewing angles are poor, even though use is made of an IPS-panel. More on that later in this review.
Keyboard and touchpad

The great advantage of a slider when the Duo 13, the presence of a keyboard. When using the Windows apps is a keyboard usually not necessary, but if there is some need to be tapped then it is nice. However, this copy tap not fine. The keys have not pressed far and because the laptop does not have a wrist rest features, it feels a little awkward to tap. Both points are otherwise inherent in the slider design. Due to the small thickness of the device, it is impossible to define the keys, a lot of travel and the keyboard is placed far from each slider forward.

A final point of criticism on the keyboard has to do with the lighting. The keyboard backlight automatically jumps in dark environments and only software to control. The biggest drawback is the distribution of light, while the left corner of the keyboard well lit, barely lights the arrow keys on the bottom right. A sloppy mistake from Sony.

Sony Vaio Duo 13 toetsenbord

After a week working on the Duo 13 we have a twofold feeling about the touchpad. One of the criticisms of the Vaio Duo 11, the little brother of the Vaio Duo 13, was the absence of a touchpad. It’s nice that the Duo 13 has a signature. The mounted touchpad, however, with 8 to 2.6 inches is not spacious and in most cases this results in many sweeping or boosting the sensitivity of the touchpad. Of course it is intended to operate the laptop with the touchscreen but not everyone is waiting for fingerprints on the screen. Other hand, had a larger touchpad automatically a smaller keyboard or a larger enclosure meant and that is of course undesirable. An ultrabook

Sony Vaio Duo 13
Slide into practice

The slider concept is smart, for simple browsing or using Windows apps is to use the device in tablet mode while a slide out keyboard for easy typing seriously. Does that slide a bit? Not quite. When the screen at the top, when the tab is pulled up above the webcam, everything goes well. The screen pops up and the bottom of the screen falls effortlessly into the brackets that hold the screen.

Sony Vaio Duo 13 scharnier

The collapse of the Vaio Duo is trickier. The metal hinge that holds the screen, is firm, but the connection between the screen and the hinge feels ‘ielig’ to. As a result you get when closing the feeling that the screen of the hinge can break down. And as elegant as the screen when unfolding in parentheses slides, click the screen is so hard again when it when closing without damping representing the housing.
Synthetic benchmarks

To test the performance of the processor in multi-and single-threaded processes we use Cinebench 11.5.
Cinebench 11.5 – Multi
System Name Processor In points, higher is better
Asus UX31A Core i7-3517U
*******
2.78
Dell XPS 12 Core i7-3517U
*******
2.78
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1 Core i5 3437U
*******
2.67
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Core i5-4200U
******
2.50
Lenovo X1 Carbon Core i5-3427U
******
2.49
Air 13 2013 Core i5-4250U
******
2.45
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘ Core i5-3317U
******
2.38

The Haswell processor performs in the multicore benchmark about as well as the Core i5-3427U of the previous generation. The 3427U tap with two active cores at up to 2.6 GHz, while the i5-4200 2.3 GHz remains stabbing. The MacBook Air scores relatively low, but that may be because this benchmark is run under OS X.
Cinebench 11.5 – Single
System Name Processor In points, higher is better
Dell XPS 12 Core i7-3517U
*******
1.23
Asus UX31A Core i7-3517U
*******
1.22
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1 Core i5 3437U
*******
1.19
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Core i5-4200U
*******
1.15
Air 13 2013 Core i5-4250U
******
1.11
Lenovo X1 Carbon Core i5-3427U
******
1.10
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘ Core i5-3317U
******
1.07

In the single-core test a similar picture emerges. The Core i7 processors run the list again, while the Vaio Duo 13 between the Core i5-3427U and 3437U in falls.
Cinebench 11.5 – OpenGL
System Name Gpu Framerate in fps, higher is better
Air 13 2013 Intel HD 5000
*******
24.3
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Intel HD 4400
*****
16.9
Asus UX31A Intel HD 4000
*****
16.4
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘ Intel HD 4000
*****
15.7
Dell XPS 12 Intel HD 4000
****
14.8
Lenovo X1 Carbon Intel HD 4000
****
14.2
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1 Intel HD 4000
****
13.0

In the Cinebench OpenGL test, the GPU is of greater importance for the final score. Intel HD 5000 GPU has 40 eu ‘s, twice as much as the HD 4400 and that difference translates into a significantly higher score for the MacBook Air. The difference with the HD4000 IGP-of Ivy Bridge processors is smaller, the HD 4000 has 16 eu’s.
The ssd

The Duo 13 in our Vaio has a SSD from Samsung. In the review copy of the Duo 11 Sony used a Toshiba copy SATA-600, but for the Duo 13 is the manufacturer switched to a Samsung MZNTD128HAGM, which meets the M.2 form factor. The connection still runs through sata 600.
CrystalDiskMark – Seq Read
System Name Throughput in MB / s, higher is better
Air 13 2013
*******
613.78
Asus UX31A
******
482.50
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
*****
480.13
Sony Vaio Duo 13
*****
477.52
Dell XPS 12
*****
444.74
Lenovo X1 Carbon
*****
421.42
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
*****
421.40

The reading speed of the Samsung SSD is similar to that of the Toshiba copy. The speed is more than enough, on and off is done within ten seconds and programs must be started smoothly during use.
CrystalDiskMark – Seq Write
System Name Throughput in MB / s, higher is better
Air 13 2013
*******
599.94
Lenovo X1 Carbon
****
370.95
Asus UX31A
****
323.00
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
****
302.23
Dell XPS 12
***
260.68
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
**
192.40
Sony Vaio Duo 13
**
133.25

What is not noticeable during everyday use is that the sequential write speed of the SSD compared to other ultrabooks very low.
Practice Tests
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

We begin the practice tests with two graphics programs Adobe: Photoshop and Lightroom.
Photoshop – Retouch Artist
System Name In seconds, lower is better
Asus UX31A
*****
20.22
Dell XPS 12
*****
20.90
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
*****
22.30
Lenovo X1 Carbon
******
22.70
Sony Vaio Duo 13
******
24.50
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
******
24.95
Air 13 2013
*******
28.50

In Photoshop, the Duo performs 13 equal to the Duo 11. As in previous tests showed, need to be of the Haswell processor no huge performance increase and are expected developments of Intel ‘m particularly in more efficient energy use. Like the i5-3317U in the Vaio Duo 11 tipped the i5-4200U in the Vaio Duo 13 up to 2.6 GHz. The TDP differs, the older Ivy Bridge processor burned up to 17 watts, while the new Haswell processor with 2 watts less toucan.
Lightroom – Export
System Name In seconds, lower is better
Asus UX31A
****
111.00
Dell XPS 12
*****
115.50
Sony Vaio Duo 13
*****
119,40
Lenovo X1 Carbon
*****
124.00
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
*****
127.86
Air 13 2013
*****
130.40

In the Lightroom benchmark appears to outperform the Ivy Bridges from the i5 series.’s Haswell processor better The Core i7 processors in ultrabooks from Asus and Dell are well faster.
HandBrake and Multipar

Using Handbrake we convert a movie clip for use on an iPad. With Multipar we fix a set. Rar files.
HandBrake
System Name In seconds, lower is better
Air 13 2013
****
107.00
Asus UX31A
******
155.00
Dell XPS 12
******
162.00
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
******
164.00
Sony Vaio Duo 13
*******
171.00
Lenovo X1 Carbon
*******
172.00
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
*******
182.00
Multipar
System Name In seconds, lower is better
Dell XPS 12
******
69.00
Lenovo X1 Carbon
******
75.00
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
*******
77.00
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
*******
79.00
Sony Vaio Duo 13
*******
82,00

Both HandBrake as Multipar put the Duo 13 results that come down near the other ultrabooks. In Multipar the Duo 13 the slowest, but the gap with the other ultrabooks is not earth-shattering. HandBrake is running on our test faster in OS X than in Windows.
Screen: setback

If a new laptop for a review on the editorial appears, there is always a handful of editors who want to keep it. Device in hand as The Vaio Duo 13 attracted above-average attention and made above average reactions. The most common reaction had to do with the screen of the laptop because that was unanimously seen as a major disappointment.

Immediately after turning on the laptop screen shows namely on the top and bottom a good dose of backlight bleeding. The viewing angles, not least for a slider, are quite disappointing. If perpendicular looked at the screen, there is little to worry about, but if the horizontal viewing angle changing anything, there seems to be a gray “haze” on the screen to fall. That is very inconvenient to tablets, which are often held in the hand and thus have different viewing angles. With extended screen, in ‘laptop mode’ so, exacerbates the problem in that the screen is not tilted, and thus the user is bound to a viewing angle.
Sony Vaio Duo 13 vertical viewing angles Sony Vaio Duo 13 vertical viewing angles Sony Vaio Duo 13 vertical viewing angles

Vertical viewing angles
Sony Vaio Duo 13 horizontal viewing angles Sony Vaio Duo 13 horizontal viewing angles Sony Vaio Duo 13 horizontal viewing angles Sony Vaio Duo 13 horizontal viewing angles

Horizontal viewing angles
Screen Brightness
System Name In nits, higher is better
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
*******
410
Dell XPS 12
******
378
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
******
375
Asus UX31A
******
372
Sony Vaio Duo 13
******
356
Lenovo X1 Carbon
******
341
Air 13 2013
*****
306

The maximum screen brightness of 356 nits is not bad, he is just against compared to the Vaio Duo 11, which Sony has a panel with a higher brightness mounted.
Color Rendering

Sony Vaio Duo 13 kleurproductie

Although the viewing angles are not best, the color reproduction, if you’re sitting right in front of the screen, okay. Blue is slightly different, but we’ve seen much worse results ultrabooks.
Average color error
System Name Delta E 1994, lower is better
Sony Vaio Duo 13
*
4.3677
Dell XPS 12
**
8.1030
Air 13 2013
**
8.3500
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘
****
13.9586
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1
*******
27,2010

On average, the color error even the lowest we have measured so far. An ultrabook The poor viewing angles and reflective screen therefore only make it more difficult to pass. An unequivocal opinion on the screen On the one hand, Sony has an excellent panel delivered better than the Vaio Duo 11, on the other hand it is hardly possible to use. Good color rendering
Battery life and Accessories

The Haswell processor in the Duo 13 brings high hopes for the battery test with it and it shows the ultrabook not to disappoint.
Battery Test – Video – 180 cd / m²
System Name Battery Capacity In minutes, higher is better
Air 13 2013 54000 mWh
*******
557.00
Sony Vaio Duo 13 50030 mWh
*******
527.00
Asus UX31A 46585 mWh
****
331.00
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G1 44400 mWh
****
286.00
Dell XPS 12 47000 mWh
***
277.00
Sony Vaio Duo 11 ‘ 39220mWh
***
267.00
Lenovo X1 Carbon 46030 mWh
***
244.00

Our video continues to run nearly nine hours before the laptop finally fails. Apple’s MacBook Air is like the Duo 13 of Haswell processor fitted and left all scoring a high score. Admittedly, the two toppers have the two biggest batteries in the above list, but the difference with the Asus Zenbook is more than three hours and can be largely attributed to the efficient hardware.
Accessories

Today, most laptops come with a charger, a brief guide and sometimes a cloth for the screen. Sony provides the user with three accessories that prove particularly practical.

Sony Vaio Duo 13 accessoires

First a pin, which Sony has carefully considered. A batterijtje is included and therefore the pen acts not only as a tool with which to draw on the screen, but the buttons on the pen also act as left and right. The Duo 13 features a slider which can be hung in the pen when not in use.

Besides the pen Sony provides a HDMI to D-Sub adapter cable with it. Although d-sub is outdated, many projectors still use the connection. For business use, the adapter cable so indispensable.

Finally, Sony provides a black box with a USB connection with it. On closer inspection it appears to be, that can be. Clicked into the USB port on the adapter of the Duo 13 small routertje There may be a RJ-45 cable pricked and then sends a wireless signal from the router. Alternatives

Sony has with the 11 – two sliders put in the market “and 13” version of the Vaio Duo, but other manufacturers seem to be more careful with the concept. Only MSI and Toshiba also sell some time sliders, while Samsung soon with the Ativ Q can be added to them. List
Score: 0 € 999, – Laptops Toshiba Satellite U920T-100
Toshiba Satellite U920T-100

Toshiba’s U920T has the hinge of the slider back down to the housing, allowing more room for a keyboard and trackpad. Moreover, the screen tiltable, so that the user is not bound to a fixed viewing angle. The laptop is still an Ivy Bridge processor and equipped with the resolution of the 12.5 “screen is a moderate 1366×768 pixels.
Score: 0 € 994.05 Laptops MSI Slider S20 0M-045NL
MSI Slider S20 0M-045NL

MSI Slider S20 with a screen diagonal of 11.6 “compact than the Vaio Duo 13. The slide and tilt screen features a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The laptop has an Ivy Bridge processor and 8GB memory onboard. Disadvantage is the absence a trackpad or trackpoint, which should be. all clicks made via the touchscreen
Score: 4 € 1149, – Laptops Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (MAM3DMH)
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (MAM3DMH)

Lenovo throws it with the tablet / laptop combination a different approach and provides the Yoga 13 of a screen that can be 360 ​​degrees. Folded The weight of a Yoga 13 is slightly higher than that of a Vaio Duo 13 and the screen resolution is 1600×900 pixels lower. The price is also.
Rating: 0 Unknown Laptops Samsung Ativ Q
Samsung Ativ Q

Not yet for sale, but already announced. Samsung Ativ Q has a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels and has, like the Vaio Duo’s a folding screen. Advantage of the Ativ Q is that the viewing angle can be changed. The price will be somewhat higher than the Duo 13, ie € or 1700.
Photo gallery and specifications
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Specifications
Brand and model
Category Laptops
Brand Sony
Series Vaio
Product Sony Vaio Duo 13
Implementation Duo 13 (SVD1321L2E) White
Pictures
Rate and Review
Lowest price € 1386, –
Number of providers 20 shops
First prize entry Thursday, July 25, 2013
Cpu and motherboard
CPU type Intel Core i5 4200U
Speed 1.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.6 GHz
Display and graphics
Diagonal 13,3 ”
Screen 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Touchscreen Technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Video Chip Intel HD Graphics
Memory
Memory Size 4GB
Maximum internal memory 4GB
Memory Type DDR3 (SODIMM)
Storage
Hard Drive Type Solid state disk
Storage 128GB
Number of SSDs 1
Interfaces
Video out HDMI, Wireless Display (WiDi)
Connection (USB / FW) 2x USB 3.0
Connection (wlan) 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
5GHz support Yes
Connection (Bluetooth) Bluetooth 4.0
Connection (3/4G) EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA +, LTE, UMTS
Other specifications
Laptop Type Ultrabook
Laptop extras Card reader, backlit keyboard
Operating system Windows 8
Color White
Dimensions and weight
Height 19.56 mm
Length 210.06 mm
Width 330.2 mm
Weight 1.33 kg
Conclusion: mixed feelings

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 has clearly tried to put that must be. Pulled out Windows 8 a serious laptop down The tablet mode, the smooth operation of the Windows apps provide, while the sliding keyboard to accommodate the serious user.

A good idea, but the implementation is a little apron. The build quality is OK; Sony has made use of solid materials, such as a metal hinge and Gorilla Glass. Unfortunately, it feels especially when closing the ultrabook not to like about the strength of the Duo 13 is thought and ask you as a user whether the ultrabook of 1400 euro or cope with flapping is.

That dual sense we hold on to the screen. The color reproduction is good, the best we have even measured. An ultrabook The poor viewing angles and backlight bleeding, it is hardly possible to them to use. In addition, the screen is tilted, allowing the viewing angles are not adjusted and the user is forced to the right angle in a funny attitude. The ergonomics score is not raised by the tight and uncomfortable touchpad keyboard ticking. Sony Vaio Duo 13

We are pleased with the feature set of the laptop better. Sony has beeing to equip the laptop with contemporary connections such as USB 3.0 and HDMI out, but also provides an adapter for D-Sub with it. Additionally, Sony provides a pin and very inventive with mobile access point.

Also about the battery life of the ultrabook we greatly speak. We expected based on previous results already a handsome score of the Haswell architecture and that expectation came from.

What is wrong, is the price. Sony had a better screen and a better thought put hinge on the laptop, then the Duo 13 have been worth the money. For now we can only conclude that Sony makes a uitglijdertje with its 13 “slider.

Scorecard
Pros

Long battery life
Ample amount of connections and accessories

Negatives

Poor viewing angles
Slide Construction does not feel firmly
Very small touchpad

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