Sony Vaio Duo 11 at a glance
Sony introduced the Vaio Duo at IFA 11 , his version of the hybrid tablet-notebook with Windows 8. During the build conference in the headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond could check a little more closely this device, which uses a sliding screen to transform from laptop to tablet.
The 11.6 inch screen is bright and looks great. It also responds to touch lightly. To raise it, you need to take it from the top and raise it slightly with your fingers, which will easily slide backwards. The screen maintains a level of inclination to reveal the keyboard, and you can not adjust it if we wanted it to be more or less vertical.
When closed the keyboard cover, the team takes the tablet function, but is a bit large for a convenient tablet. The device weighs 1.3 kilos, so the weight is still closer to a laptop than a tablet. Not ideal if we hold it with one hand. The Duo features a stylus for taking notes if we wanted on the screen.
On the front, the screen only has a button corresponding to the beginning of Windows. The connectors and ports are located on the keyboard part, on both sides. We have two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI and SD card slot. Inside, the team has very good specifications: Intel Core i5 1.7 GHz, 6 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.
The keyboard is the other important part of this team, that allows you to become a notebook. Unfortunately, the tilt of the screen does not leave much space and the keyboard feels cramped. With no room for a trackpad, Sony joined a mouse ball in the center of the keys. Under the spacebar also have buttons to click.
Perhaps the mouse is not as necessary with a touchscreen, but it is sometimes faster to use to raise your hand to touch the screen to choose what we want. Sony’s solution does not seem the most comfortable, although it took rather the limited space available.
The keyboard is backlit, which is appreciated, but the lack of space it ends up passing the bill.
In the end, the Duo 11 is not as comfortable as typing on a laptop, or as practical as for use as a tablet. Maybe Sony will need to do some adjustments to this screen slider idea for a device that is truly comfortable, because the Vaio Duo 11 does not seem to fulfill its promise.