Sony VAIO Duo 13 Convertible Laptop Computer

With the entrance of phablets and big-sized tablets these days, it’s pretty easy to swallow that ultrabooks and hybrid PCs do still take their place. Taking Sony’s new Duo 13 Hybrid, the late VAIO 11 is now about to see the sunset as another candidate for a hybrid system. The Duo 13 is fairly similar to the model in precedes except the bigger screen size that is now obviously 13 inches rather than 11 inches, but with the design especially, things must have gone way lot better. Let’s try to dig some more information here.

With the build and the aesthetics of the Sony VAIO Duo 13, the carbon fiber material used here, as the chassis may not be pronounced and evident until you read it. However, being a hybrid PC, the Duo 13 actually looked (and performed) more like a PC rather than a tablet. The looks of the Duo 13 manifest this fact as grilles (ventilations) are everywhere from top to bottom, a very generous list of ports, and of course, the more rugged machine-line feel. Available in both black and white, I would actually prefer the white one because of the cleaner and more elegant feel.

Measuring 13 inches in width, 8.27 inches in height, and with a depth from 0.77 inches to 0.36 inches, the Sony VAIO Duo 13 actually looked thinner than looking at these numerical figures. The slim effect here is provided by Sony’s intelligent way of keeping the hardware at the bottom off the surface, so what you only see are the extreme edges and corners. And talking about this, the Duo 13 also looked very sharp to the eyes, with sharper edges and corners, which are all in contrast to what Samsung has been trying to maintain. Holding the Duo 13 feels unusual as well, and for me, I would rather hold an ultrabook since it is more secure to do so.

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Talking about security, and hence, peace of mind, Sony actually put something incredible here in this new model: a better, more durable body from the glass surface down to the body. The display itself is packed with a scratch-resistant surface, so you won’t bother or worry even when you always take this device wherever you go. Luckily also, if you hate the wires and other mechanisms found in many hybrids, the Duo 13 kept all those to a very respectable minimum. And just in case I am still missing it, yes, there’s an added digitizer here that you can clip on the right side of the keyboard plane, but not a real room as the Samsung would do.

The display of the Sony VAIO Duo 13 boasts of the same TRILUMINOS technology packed with IPS for all-angle viewing and full HD resolution. The colors are very good, details are very well-kept and maintained, brightness is just a little average, but the viewing angles my harm the luminance of the display when viewed from a weird angle. On top of the display is a 2MP camera, but there’s also a main 8MP camera here, both of which are powered by Sony’s Exmore RS technology. It may be sad to know that the main camera is hidden beneath the device, but this, I think, is Sony’s way of making the Duo 13 work like a tablet as well.

Using the same ‘surf slider,’ the Duo 13 at least promises a better responsiveness and reliability whenever you would try to slide the lid off to unveil the keyboard plane. Lifting the lid requires that you pull it from the back, and be sure to have it snapped to some small parts which ensures security on that specific angle. The keyboard here is sturdier also, but the keys still feel shallow and stiff. Backlighting is also unevenly distributed, but can be more pleasant to the eyes when compared to other backlit keyboard. There’s now the wrist rest also along with a cramped touch pad, but if you’d ask me, it pains to use it and I would prefer the touch screen for navigation instead aside from the digitizer.

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is also jammed with a lot of good specs. Included in the list are the 4th-generation Intel processor of up to i7-4650U, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD, a battery life of up to 10 hours, support for memory card, a full-sized HDMI port, (area-specific) 3G/4G/LTE support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless Display technology, and Intel HD Graphics 4400 (or even 5000). Depending on how you use it, the Duo 13 is more likely friendly and suited for designers and note-takers, but would highly be recommended as well for extreme movie lovers.

At a price of $1,400, the Sony VAIO Duo 13 is not cheap, but it is not expensive at all, actually, if you tried to look on how better this is compared to its predecessor. Being rich in feature also together with a robust build, the Duo 13 will surely be a healthier replacement to the Duo 11 than anybody else out there.

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Convertible Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 65,000.00

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