Tried Sony Vaio Duo 11




Microsoft with its Surface Pro brought a Windows 8 tablet on the market, which can also be used as a laptop by the attachable keyboard and a kickstand. A similar approach is also the Sony Vaio Duo 11. Here, however, the tablet part is securely connected to the keyboard, this comes to light through a wegsliden of the display. I will often use this test as per the Surface comparison, since the two devices but so have something in common.


The hardware

The Vaio Duo 11 is available in various configurations. The model I used comes with Intel Core i3-3217U CPU (1.8 GHz), 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD (101 GB usable). The 11.6 inch display has a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The connections spread to the sides. Electricity, BGA output, SD card reader, headset port, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI and RJ45.

On the bottom are still buttons for volume and the Assist button, which helps more comfortable when things do not agree with the Vaio Duo should a. Pressing the Assist button takes you to a menu from where you can completely reset the PC also in doubt. The device itself still find a GPS module and the available sensors.


Structural circumstances of the slider are only about two-thirds of the base space available for the keyboard. The rest goes for the slider on it. Thus, it was of course not possible to directly install a trackpad. As a mouse, there is a small trackpoint, which is located in the center of the keyboard. Can not serve particularly well, but for smaller things it is perfectly adequate. For pixel-precise work but you should then probably prefer to connect a mouse. After all, the three mouse buttons are physically present. Click here wrong was not saved on space, excluded.

The keyboard makes a good impression. It has relatively significant pressure points and is illuminated. The lighting of the keyboard would have to say can also save honest. Sure, you see something, when it is dark. However, it also looks like it anywhere on the keyboard lights up. Among the keys in between, all flows out light. Distracts from the Abreit with the device and also does not look good.


The entire unit is quite large and heavy. Could take into account, when a corresponding weight behind the battery performance would hide. Unfortunately this is not so. Heading to work with the Vaio Duo 11, may well be a race against time. The pluggable spare battery for such cases then probably thought of not only raises once again increased the weight but also the runtime.

The display (or touchscreen) naturally shines. I even dare say that we are (read dull) see in a touch device for the masses probably never an anti-reflective screen. Outdoors arise because of course problems. Whether direct sunlight or cloudy sky, you leave the house and wants to see on the Vaio Duo anything else, full screen brightness is announced. Also affects the course again a negative effect on the battery life. The display on the Full HD display is sharp, you want to get carried away almost to a retina compared. Definitely a plus point for the device.

The Tablet

Because the display facing outward when closed, the Vaio Duo 11 is ideally suited to be used as a tablet. The margins are wide enough to have even with the slightly higher weight a secure grip, the included stylus makes the operation much easier. The problem with Full HD 11.6 inch is namely that everything is displayed very small. Here to catch small touch targets with the fingers, is a game of pure luck.

Using the stylus, but can not only select individual points, but this has also itself again buttons can be configured via software supplied. Out of the box can be for example a section of the screen are cut with a stylus to use it otherwise. And to input handwriting of the stylus can be used, works beautifully. Overall, the Stylus is a very interesting accessories for the small computer because he actually makes working with the device.


Otherwise, Windows 8 content. I can still not make friends with a pure tablet usage of Microsoft’s system, change as soon as possible in the desktop mode and use the programs there that I always use. I still have no need for the great fullscreen apps from the Windows Store, maybe this will change at some point. They are available in any case, as it should be otherwise.

As a pure tablet, the device is too bulky and heavy compared to the Surface Pro, but it is here a matter of an Ultrabook, not a tablet.

The Ultrabook

Keyboard and screen, does not need more of the digital nomad, to also always ready to be mobile. Both can be found in the Vaio Duo fortunately before 11 so that you can also move the throttle. In addition to the performance, of course, is the crucial factor battery. Carsten sees the battery life even as a decisive factor in the superiority of the current MacBook Air . Certainly, the Haswell processors with very different values ​​are possible here that were here but not installed.

While the Vaio Duo 11 is sufficient in terms of power for my needs (there is also equipped with Intel Core i7 and more ram), the battery is, to put it mildly, a disaster. A bit of surfing, a video here a few things in Photoshop because, after 2.5 hours it’s over. While in power save mode 6.5 hours run time promised, but this takes so much power that you can barely work properly with the device.


This is virtually unacceptable in a mobile device. Sure, it keeps out the time between two sockets, but it is not even about half a day without having to be connected to the mains must.

By the slider, the display is always in a certain angle, which can not be adjusted. This problem one has the Surface Pro also. The advantage of the Vaio Duo 11 is that you can get anywhere using the machine. Since the whole keyboard base serves as a stand, it can be used anywhere else on the couch, or on the lap. However, the inflexible angle is disturbing, even if he is ever elected in general cheaper than the Surface Pro (display is not quite as steep).

The conclusion

The Vaio Duo 11 is not the typical Ultrabook and also not your typical tablet. Sony is once again a private way, which is not bad thought, but offers its pitfalls. These obstacles are mainly the miserable battery and that of the fixed angle of the display.

One must also consider the price when it comes to the Vaio Duo 11th It starts at 1250 €, we configure the top model with extra battery together nearly 2000 euros will be charged. Not just a little, and above all, there is virtually in this price range, the freedom of choice.


In terms of build quality and robustness, but the Sony Ultrabook can score again. One never has the feeling of holding a fragile product in your hands, but it still looks quite slim when it is on the desk. The area is a 11.6-inch device but rather large, but that also falls on only in direct comparison with other devices.

Overall, the Vaio Duo 11 is already a stylish piece of hardware that can convince by performance. There are certainly cheaper alternatives, but they also have their weaknesses. You can tell the Vaio Duo 11 that Sony wanted to grab a great deal in a very little device housing. This was also achieved, one must ask whether this justifies the high price yet.
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