Product snapshot: Sony VAIO Duo 11

A Windows 8 tablet with a hidden keyboard and slide-up screen

Sony’s VAIO Duo 11 hybrid tablet is a ‘slider’, with a flip-up screen that exposes a built-in laptop-style keyboard and track-ball mouse controller. Running the full, non-RT version of Windows 8, it can be used equally well as a tablet and an ultraportable laptop.

The VAIO Duo 11 is built around a sliding mechanism — when it’s in tablet mode, all you have to do is pull the screen up from the little tab at the top back of the screen. The screen flips up, locking to a moderate angle and exposing a miniature, but still usable, Ultrabook laptop-style keyboard (which is also backlit).

You won’t be wanting for extra connections with the Duo 11. Home and business users are equally catered for; HDMI and VGA mean a TV or monitor can be easily connected (and Windows 8 detects them automatically), and two USB 3.0 ports support high-speed external storage or a larger keyboard and mouse, or you can use the dual-size SD card/Memory Stick slot. A stand-out feature is the inclusion of a wired Ethernet port — much faster and more reliable than wireless, which businesses should love.

The keyboard of the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is alright. The key are are quite small compared to a full-size keyboard, and are spaced closely together to fit behind the tablet’s screen. They are backlit though, which is good for night-time work. There’s a nifty optical track-ball to replace a full-size trackpad; it works reasonably well but we would have preferred a joystick instead.

The screen on the VAIO Duo 11 is great. It’s a Full HD, 1920x1080 pixel unit that’s 11.6 inches in size, with Sony’s usual swathe of image-enhancing technology. It’s one of the best screens we’ve seen in a tablet or ultraportable notebook, and looks clear and detailed over a wide range of viewing angles — which makes the locked screen angle less of an issue.

Packing an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, the Duo 11 is more than fast enough for any use you could find for a tablet or similar Ultrabook. It’s not going to be a gaming powerhouse by any means, and it will struggle with CPU-heavy tasks like photo or video editing, but for general Web browsing and mark-ups in Office, it works perfectly well.

The battery of the Duo 11 is rated for 4hrs and 30mins of use by Sony. This is a moderate figure, but it’s bested by Windows 8 tablets that have a second battery hidden in their removable keyboard docks. Sony does sell a secondary clip-on battery that doubles the Duo 11’s usable life to 9 hours per charge, though.

We liked the Duo 11, but its slider design does mean you’ll need to live with two signficant compromises — a fixed screen and a cramped keyboard.

Read our full review of the Sony VAIO Duo 11 hybrid tablet here.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

PC World
Show Comments


Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >


Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >


Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >


Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?