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Sony Vaio Duo 11 (Core i7-3517U) review

Sony Vaio Duo 11 - Blurring the Line Between Tablet and Notebook

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Launch SRP S$2699

Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
8
Features:
9.5
Performance:
8
Value:
7
Mobility:
8.5
THE GOOD
Full HD, IPS display
Quickly transforms between tablet/laptop form
Digitiser Stylus with interchangeable tips
Specialized Apps
NFC Support
VGA, HDMI and RJ-45 ports
Ideal business tablet for mobile workers
THE BAD
Cramped, small keyboard
No wrist rest or trackpad
Noticeable jerkiness with Optical Sensor
Exposed display vulnerable to damage
Can't adjust angle of screen
More Awards:
Most Innovative Product


Battery Life & Portability Index

Battery Life

Battery life on the Duo 11 was about 10% under average at 165 minutes in our Powermark based balanced battery benchmark. This is likely due to its higher clock speed of the Core i7 processor which, as we saw from our previous page, gave it about 10% more performance on non-graphics related tasks. We suspect that the lower specced Core i5 model would be more inline with Toshiba's U920t, lasting roughly 180 minutes. The battery itself is non-removable. Despite the difference in specs, actual power consumption turned out to be quite good at slightly under average despite its full HD display. The power consumption of the Core i5 edition can only bet better, and that's a good thing.

Test Notebooks Compared

Specifications/Notebook Sony Vaio Duo 11 Toshiba Satellite U920t Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultra

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga

Processor Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz) Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U
(1.7GHz)
Chipset Intel HM76 Intel UM77 Intel UM77 Intel HM77 Intel QS77
Memory 8GB DDR3 4GB  4GB DDR3 8GB 4GB
Storage 256GB SSD 128GB SSD 500GB HDD with 24GB SSD Cache 500GB HDD with 32GB SSD Cache 128GB SSD
Video Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000
Battery 36 WHr 37.7WHr 45 WHr 52WHr 54.7WHr
Dimensions 320 x 119 x 17.85mm 326.5 x 213 x 19.9mm 315 x 218 x 16.8 - 19.8mm 342.2 x 237.1 x 23 mm 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm
Weight 1.3kg 1.45kg 1.73kg 2.12kg 1.54kg

 

 

Portability Index

Our Portability Index factors in battery life, weight and volume so you can see which notebook is the most worthwhile to carry around. As an 11-inch model, the Duo 11 obviously has a clear advantage over our other test models. But if portability is a concern to you, you definitely can't go wrong with the Duo 11.