VAIO Duo 11
It has a wow factor...
Best computer ever.. Ambient light.. Beautiful screen.. And it has a stylus
April 26, 2013
This is perhaps the only computer you'll need nowadays. With 2 external displays outputs and usb 3.0, makes it an well thought product.
I have a SE 15.5 2gen core i7 but the duo is even faster than that big computer, almost the same graphics power and almost instant response because of the SSD drive.
The keyboard issue of being small is just a matter of getting used to it, after a week of use you become use to it and write as fast as normal sized keyboard.
I have some issues with the pen that sometimes it doesn't work, have to pull the battery out of it so it somehows gets restarted and works fine afterwards.
I would've like that they add the thunderbolt port solution to this small machine so we have like the Z series an external GFX card and a disc media reader. But I guess doin that would already made it even more expensive than what it is right now.
Also if would've been nice that you move the some circuitry to the screen (maybe the wifi card and the SSD) then It should be space for a low power GFX card so the battery last longer because the CPU can share the load with the GPU... Then this would be the only device to have.
April 16, 2013
Great for Business & Travel
I've been using this for about 1 month everyday now as my main computer. I use it for work both in the office and traveling. I travel a lot for work so it is perfect since it's small & light. The screen is small but the resolution is awesome so it's not hard to read at all, even when using all day. I've found the battery life to be about 5 to 6 hrs the way I use it and have the power profiles setup. I did get the larger sheet battery for the times I'm on longer flights or away from power for extended times, but in generally I've not had to use it much so far.
I've not had any issues with the smaller keyboard as it's really not much different than any smaller laptops. I also use a wireless mouse mainly with it as the built in mouse/pointer when not just using the touch screen. The built in pointer is just too hard/slow to really do any true work with.
Using some work apps like excel for instance with mainly just the touch screen does have a learning curve initially. Once you figure out how to get to certain functions it's not that bad. This is usually just on a plane type situation.
Just using as a tablet while sitting on a couch or bed, etc... works fine although as many reviews state it's heavier/more bulky than say an iPad or dedicated tablet. This is fine for me as I use it as a laptop 85% of the time, so the trade off is worth it to not carrying two devices around.
Not really a Sony Duo item but it there is a learning curve to Win8. After you spend a little time figuring it out, it's actually just fine especially when you get your desktop area setup the way you like. Some of the Win8 apps available still have bugs so they don't also work right, very similar to apps on your phone how they don't always work right.
If you're looking for a small, light touchscreen laptop/tablet combo for mainly laptop use I think this thing is great.
March 31, 2013
This thing is awesome; for what it is.
I received exactly what I wanted and expected; a tablet with full Windows OS, and a physical keyboard for occasional use.
Yes, the keyboard is awkward.
Yes, the battery life is not impressive.
I was not planning on writing my novel while on an Antarctic excursion. I did want something light, streamlined, and powerful.
If I could go back 3 months, would I buy it again? Absolutely.
The battery is enough to watch a couple of movies, add to my trip-expense report, and show some pictures off to friends; by that time you've found another power outlet.
The processing power is there when you need it. I'd entrust it to run AutoCAD, I'm sure the stylus would come in handy for that, but for extended tasks you would want a seperate monitor.
The lack of a graphics card is noticed while editing HD video from my GoPro; during playback, between short segments seamed together, the video is choppy and cannot quite keep sync with the audio; not a show-stopper. After editing, the finalized HD video plays flawlessly along with any other HD quality video. For gaming....I can't comment; I'm not a gamer (go buy a Playstation dummy).
The stylus is great, as long as you keep a spare not-so-common-AAAA battery on hand; your heart will be broken when the battery dies and you are left with the track-pad. The stylus is great for the handwriting recognition, which adapts to your sloppy handwriting surprisingly well. Customizable "flick" gestures come in handy; you'll be wondering why they weren't thought of sooner.
Voice-Recognition is fairly on point. It recommends that you use a microphone, and for good reason. However it does work with the built-in mic as long as you're in a quiet room.
"VAIO Gesture Control" is a useless and unreliable gimic. It "works" via hand gestures in view of the built in camera, but I haven't had any luck with testing so I gave up on the feature. If I had a PowerPoint presentation, then I would buy a conventional remote control; you would only embarrass yourself when your "trendy-gesture-controlled device" fails to deliver.
Internal Storage is a drawback, however I already own several external hard-drives and SD cards; I'm not fond of storing massive amounts of media on my computers anyhow. Luckily the USB 3.0 ports along with the fast processor make quick work of mapping and recalling a library of 500GB of music.
Flip up screen comes in handy for watching movies, but while the screen is up the stylus is not conventional. You can suffice with the track-pad, but I hate track-pads. Buy a Bluetooth mouse; it's not a must, but it is nice to have the option; Microsoft "Sculpt" has served well and I recommend a Bluetooth device to save a USB port.
If you plan on making this your work-horse, then a Bluetooth keyboard will be a necessary companion along with a mouse. Yes the keyboard is awkward, but I've never had a notebook keyboard that was ever quite right. It's not made for extended use anyway, it's made to be convenient, however I am sure one could get accustomed to it with practice.
March 6, 2013