Sony Vaio Duo 11
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: SVD11215CXB
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,198.00
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 10/11/2012
The good: The Sony Vaio Duo 11 has a fine set of specs for an ultrabook and an excellent full-HD touch screen on which to take advantage of the Windows 8-style interface.
The bad: The Duo's design misses the mark for use as a tablet and a laptop, feeling like too much of a compromise.
The bottom line: While there are certainly things to like about the Sony Vaio Duo 11, the design gets in the way of enjoying them.
HDMI, USB 3.0, light, strong PC specifications - cool!
by kemsiro on October 12, 2012
Pros: Light, nice specification for a computer
Cons: - Price is high (but might be acceptable because of the design and specification).
- It's better if it is lighter, and more options of screen size (personally I prefer at least 13,3'' for a usable laptop)
Summary: A nice step toward hybrid computer.
Summary: A nice step toward hybrid computer.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Light, powerful. Great Windows 8 tablet!
by Bob_Villamor on January 28, 2013
Pros: Very good hybrid that suits my needs for on the go computing. Way better than Intel Atom powered tablets. Good production and media consumption tool.
Cons: Pricey for some just testing the waters with Windows 8. Keyboard is somewhat cramped and trackball navigation can be challenging, Thankfully the touch responsiveness of the screen, virtual keyboard and digitizer pen help overcome this drawback.
Summary: A great, cool device I'd highly recommend for those who don't mind the price. While it has drawbacks, it's an excellent iteration of the hybrid concept by ...
Summary: A great, cool device I'd highly recommend for those who don't mind the price. While it has drawbacks, it's an excellent iteration of the hybrid concept by Sony and with just some refinements, could be the perfect device for those who want the best of both worlds.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very good overall laptop+tablet Windows PC.
by jamesjh on April 25, 2013
Pros: Form factor - portable and easy to use
RAM - 8G on i7 model
Always attached keyboard
Cons: Battery life
Slightly heavy to hold up with one hand
No slot for the pen
Summary: Sony has been able to successfully merge two, possibly three devices into one. The i7 with 8GB of ram and 256GB SSD replaces my laptop and android tablet. It has ...
Summary: Sony has been able to successfully merge two, possibly three devices into one. The i7 with 8GB of ram and 256GB SSD replaces my laptop and android tablet. It has specifications that when connected to a monitor or HDTV via HDMI port can replace my desktop as well. I have tried other Windows 8 tablets from Samsung and the Surface that do a good job at being a PC tablet. The Duo 11 surpasses those devices by having a slightly larger and more brilliant screen as well as always having a connected keyboard. I have been using this device or over three months and it has not failed me in any way. All games, productivity software and entertainment have run flawlessly. To the other people that have had bad experience with the Duo 11, it was just bad luck on the device(s) that you ended up with.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Duo laptop available today
by ericsstoll on March 2, 2013
Pros: All full sized ports. I7, 256 SSD, 8 GB. Monitor is more stable than a traditional laptop, the keyboard is comfortable, display is amazing, camera front and back, battery life great, keyboard protected in tablet mode, good balance open or closed.
Cons: No trackpad a disappointment although I've learned that Windows 8 is quite efficient using the touch screen, plus the mouse nub thing is optical so it actually works really well.
Summary: After looking at all the convertible options available today, this is the best. It has 8GB of RAM. It has a 256GB SSD drive. In tablet mode, the keyboard isn'...
Summary: After looking at all the convertible options available today, this is the best. It has 8GB of RAM. It has a 256GB SSD drive. In tablet mode, the keyboard isn't exposed. Those benefits leave you down to the Sony Duo and the Dell Duo. The final decision point is the Sony is 2.7 lbs while the Dell is around 4 lbs. Sony is the winner for a while in my book.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Screen rotation does not work as a Tablet, not a tablet
by babukari on February 1, 2014
Pros: It is lightweigh, shiny screen and battery last enough.
Cons: May be storage is limited but well that is what new solid state HDD offer at the moment. Screen rotation is not well controlled by drivers and some multi touch that are quite normal in a Tablet does not work not even similar.
Great as laptop and tablet
by mko91 on December 31, 2013
Pros: light weight
great laptop PC
beautiful light-up keyboard
fun as tablet with windows apps
Cons: cannot change the screen angle
Summary: I bought Vaio Duo 11 because my old laptop was dying and I wanted light weighted one to travel with. I use mostly as laptop PC because I have no ...
Summary: I bought Vaio Duo 11 because my old laptop was dying and I wanted light weighted one to travel with. I use mostly as laptop PC because I have no reason to say tablet is better than laptop. I have ipad too but I have not used it since I got my Vaio Duo!!
The reasons I used ipad were because it started quick and light weighted but vaio starts quicker and even lighter weight. It is more expensive than ipad but I need PC for my work so it was ok for me. It will be extra money to buy this but you may find great deal on Sony store website which I did.
Great Device...IMO - Not Perfect, But What Product Is?
by ajtrek on May 19, 2013
Pros: Excellent Sony build quality
Backlit key board
i5 or i7 processor
6Gb or 8Gb RAM
Lack of conventional trackpad
Summary: With an i7 processor and 8Gb of RAM the Sony Vaio Duo 11 (SVD11) is a powerful cross between a tablet and laptop. The key is to recognize that it ...
Summary: With an i7 processor and 8Gb of RAM the Sony Vaio Duo 11 (SVD11) is a powerful cross between a tablet and laptop. The key is to recognize that it is not a tablet nor a laptop in the conventional sense. If it were not for the lack of a trackpad it would be the perfect device in terms of form factor and design... IMO.
The screen is brilliant and the backlit keys are a great bonus for a unit of this type. No other cross over device has the built-in connectivity options offered by the SVD 11 (USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, SD slot, Headphone, and Ethernet). Battery life is not great so the optional Sheet Battery is a must plus you get a holder for the digitizer pen. Unlike some reviews I don't have a problem with viewing angle in laptop mode. Although not a brick you won't be holding it in one hand for extended periods of time when in tablet mode.
The SVD 11 like any tablet or laptop is not for everyone so don't buy it on impulse. It compares well against the Microsoft Surface Pro (i5 processor build) in terms of performance, looses a little ground with the lack of a trackpad, but beats it in connectivity options. As a Windows 8 hybrid device the Sony Vaio Duo 11 deserves a close look.
Neat idea ... shame about the build quality
by DesFN on April 24, 2013
Pros: Fast to boot up
High resolution screen
Cons: Poor build quality
Summary: I was delighted with my purchase at first. Near instantaneous boot up time. I had fun using it as a tablet. No problems there. But what I wanted was a ...
Summary: I was delighted with my purchase at first. Near instantaneous boot up time. I had fun using it as a tablet. No problems there. But what I wanted was a machine that could be used as a laptop replacement. This is where the Sony Viao Duo 11 failed ... miserably!!
None of the legacy software that I wanted to install worked even though this was a Windows 8 machine. If the download succeeded at all, the setup would not run. Brought it back to the store. Same problem. They identified the wifi card as being faulty and gave me a replacement unit. But the second unit had the same issue! Brought it back to the store again and left it in for repair. When I went to collect it the next day I requested that they try to install yet another legacy software application while I looked on. Again, the same problem as before.
The in-store tech support guys gave up in the end and offered me a full refund.
For this to happen with one machine is bad enough but there is simply no excuse for two machines to be faulty like this. This reflects poorly on Sony's quality assurance and I would have expected more from them. You may be luckier than I was but ... this could happen to you too so be warned and steer clear ... unless you don't mind gambling with your money of course. Last time I'll buy a Sony anyway.
it's been worth the price so far.
by jeev_b on January 30, 2013
Pros: -HD screen
-accessories (sheet battery and the screen protector)
-adobe does not support the n-trig stylus
-no place to store the stylus
Summary: it was either the surface pro or the duo 11 and am glad I bought the duo 11. the bigger screen and the backlit keyboard come in handy although the ...
Summary: it was either the surface pro or the duo 11 and am glad I bought the duo 11. the bigger screen and the backlit keyboard come in handy although the screen keyboard is just as good. I bought the screen protector and it makes taking notes with the stylus even better and keeps the screen clean. planning on buying the sheet battery soon. should make it just about perfect.
Do not buy it. Has a factory problem with the screen.
by LouluG on February 8, 2013
Pros: Fast. Has keyboard included and Touchscreen, should be a solution to work with a new trend.
Cons: The screen has a factory problem at the left corner. It will constantly point the corner menu by itself. Also sometimes the screen blocks. It won't let you work.
Summary: Do not buy it. It seemed to be the solution for work and new trend, but finally you will not be able to work at all. You will lose more ...
Summary: Do not buy it. It seemed to be the solution for work and new trend, but finally you will not be able to work at all. You will lose more time trying to repair it. First and last time that a buy a Sony... I miss my loyal Lenovo.
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- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: SVD11215CXB
- Description: It's the best of both worlds: a full HD laptop and a touchscreen tablet. All in a compact, mobile design that's ready from the word "go." Write notes or draw with the digitizer stylus, type an email or use your fingers to pinch, swipe and scroll your way through the web. It's versatility redefined.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Ultrabook
- Mechanical Design Slider design
- Operating System Microsoft Windows 8
- Notebook type Convertible laptop
Processor / Chipset
- CPU Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz,
- Max Turbo Speed 3 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Cache 4 MB
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
- RAM 6 GB,
( 1 x 4 GB + 4 GB (soldered) )
- Max RAM Supported 8 GB
- Technology DDR3 SDRAM
- Speed 1333 MHz
- Slots Qty 1
- Empty Slots 0
- Hard Drive 128 GB,
- Optical Drive None
- Hard drive type Solid state
- Type 11.6 in,
- LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Touchscreen Yes
- Max Resolution 1920 x 1080,
( Full HD )
- Widescreen Yes
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Camera Yes
- Capture Resolutions 1920 x 1080
- Camera Features Exmor Technology,
- Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
- Compliant Standards High Definition Audio,
Dolby Home Theater v4
- Type Backlit keyboard,
- Keyboard Layout QWERTY
- Wireless 802.11n,
Bluetooth 4.0 HS
- Wireless Controller Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235
- Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
- Technology Lithium polymer
- Capacity 4960 mAh
- Run Time 4.8 hour(s)
Connections & Expansion
- Interfaces 2 x USB 3.0,
- Memory Card Reader Card reader ( SD Memory Card ),
( Memory Stick )
- Software Included Intel Wireless Display Technology,
Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 (30 days trial),
Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP),
ArtRage Studio Pro,
Sony PlayMemories Home
- Color Gun metal
- Image Color Disclaimer The image of the product displayed may be of a different color
- Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
- Features Intel Anti-Theft Technology (iAT),
Charging via USB
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 12.6 in
- Depth 7.8 in
- Height 0.71 in
- Weight 2.9 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.1