Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook Is a Convertible With a Style All Its Own
The Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook is a "slider hybrid" with an 11.6-inch touch screen, a stylus, the ability to move between laptop and tablet modes and a very nontraditional profile.Sony's tablets look unlike its competitors' offerings, and now the same can be said of its Windows 8 convertible. Sony calls the Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook a "slider hybrid," but by any name it's likely to win attention. (Sales are always another matter.) The Vaio Duo 11 features an 11.6-inch full HD touch screen with Gorilla Glass that, via what Sony calls a "Surf Slider mechanism," can slide forward and down over the keys, transforming the already usual-looking laptop into a tablet. When in laptop mode, the display looks neither hinged to the edge of the keyboard nor snapped into place, but rather propped up a few comfortable inches in. The type of skinny-minnie, 90-degree profile some manufacturers like to show off? (The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display comes to mind.) Not a chance with this Sony—and it seems just fine with that. The Duo 11, along with a new Vaio Tap 20 all-in-one that can lay down as flat as a game board, "offer consumers flexibility to optimize their Windows 8 experience," Steven Nickel, vice president of Sony Vaio, said in an Oct. 11 statement. "Through the combination of compelling applications, Sony's network services and cross device connectivity, Vaio is leading the way in developing a new Touchworld experience. " The Vaio Duo 11 weighs 2.84 pounds, has a backlit keyboard and comes with a pressure-sensitive digitizer stylus that offers, according to Sony, the "satisfyingly expressive feel of natural handwriting."
Much like Samsung with its Galaxy Note tablets, Sony has the expectation that users might like to write and draw and create. Because of this, it has included a choice of swappable pen tips and developed a Note Anytime app in which users can take down notes using the stylus and an Active Clip application that makes it simple to crop photos and graphics—a simpleton's Photoshop, it would seem. Which is also very Samsung. The latter worked with Adobe to develop a version of Photoshop for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.