Sony Vaio Duo 11 Sony’s Duo 11 is one of that strange new breed of hybrid Windows 8 devices that can be used as either a tablet or a laptop computer. It's an Intel Core i5 3317U chip clocked at 1.7GHz - the same low power variety found in Ultrabooks. While 1.7GHz may seem low, it can Turbo Boost itself to a whopping 2.7GHz under heavy strain, which means it's no slouch.It’s certainly an attractive looking device, with an excellent high-definition, touchscreen.The Sony Vaio Duo 11 packs an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS panel, which looks glorious. Not only is Windows 8's new interface sumptuously represented, but also apps, games and movies too.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.Battery life is respectable considering the specifications. We got just over four hours when using Wi-Fi to stream video from iPlayer, so you can probably stretch that to around five hours for lighter web browsing or using simple office software.
But, 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.
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory6 GB/ 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type11.6 inIPS
Max Resolution1920 x 1080( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone Price;$1,199.99 VS Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T hybrid is a fast, full-powered Core i5 tablet, has a 1080p screen, comes with its own keyboard base, and includes the pressure-sensitive S-Pen that’s very accurate and responsive.The ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T may not offer the selection of ports and connections you'd expect on a full-fledged laptop, but it's par for the course for detachable tablets. It's equipped with one full-size USB 3.0 port, a headset jack, a microSD card slot, and micro HDMI port.The inclusion of an S-Pen and keyboard dock help make the Core i5-powered Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T a formidable multitasking tablet.The Samsung's 4 cell Lithium Ion polymer battery puts in a relatively good showing here and we averaged 5.5 to 6 hours of actual use time on a charge with WiFi on and brightness set to 50% with auto-brightness turned on. That's about an hour better than Surface Pro but an hour short of the Acer W700.
Battery life isn’t great for a tablet; it
lacks laptop-style features like Ethernet and a standard SD card slot; plus,
it’s even more expensive than the Surface Pro.
The bottom line: The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T walks the line between ultrabook-level laptop and tablet, but doesn’t truly excel at either. Specifications
Processor3rd Gen Core i5Intel i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB / 4 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB - Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemWindows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type11.6 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory TechnologyOptical DriveNone Price;$1,179.00 to $1,231.98