Sony VAIO Duo 13 SVD13215PXB Black 13.3" Ultrabook

1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U, 8 GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Windows 8 Professional, LED Backlight - MPN: SVD13215PXBSVD13215PXB
Product Details
Description
Sony SVD13215PXB Sony recommends Windows 8. The 13.3" Full HD 1920 x 1080p touchscreen LCD with TRILUMINOS Display creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors – just the way you want to see them. Thanks to a new-generation technology that makes colors purer and more distinct with a wider color range, giving images a heightened sense of depth.
Summary
Product Title Sony VAIO Duo 13 SVD13215PXB Black 13.3" Ultrabook
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.1 | 17 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD-1321 Series
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 2, 2013

Testseek.com has collected 107 expert reviews for Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD-1321 Series and the average expert rating is 76 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great tablet / laptop
5 Star Review   By Melkote on Sony - Official Store - Oct 1, 2013   

I am really very happy with this purchase. At work and at home is a perfect fit.

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Great tablet / laptop
5 Star Review   By Melkote on Adorama - Oct 1, 2013   

I am really very happy with this purchase. At work and at home is a perfect fit.

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Excellent laptop/tablet combo
5 Star Review   By DevMan on Sony - Official Store - Sep 6, 2013   

It's pricey but definitely worth it. I researched laptops and tablets ad nauseam. This one seemed to get the best review but some did complain of wifi connectivity strength issues. (Although this complaint seemed prevalent on all new laptop/tablet combos.) I haven't had any wifi issues with mine. Performance is great. Battery life is awesome!! I can go an entire work day without having to plug in the laptop! I really like having the pen stylus. I recommend buying a screen protector and a good case. I already dropped it once! It fell on one of the corners. The case did an excellent job of keeping the laptop in tact. It only received a small dent that's not noticeable except to me since I was the one that dropped it.

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Excellent laptop/tablet combo
5 Star Review   By DevMan on Adorama - Sep 6, 2013   

It's pricey but definitely worth it. I researched laptops and tablets ad nauseam. This one seemed to get the best review but some did complain of wifi connectivity strength issues. (Although this complaint seemed prevalent on all new laptop/tablet combos.) I haven't had any wifi issues with mine. Performance is great. Battery life is awesome!! I can go an entire work day without having to plug in the laptop! I really like having the pen stylus. I recommend buying a screen protector and a good case. I already dropped it once! It fell on one of the corners. The case did an excellent job of keeping the laptop in tact. It only received a small dent that's not noticeable except to me since I was the one that dropped it.

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Best laptop ever BUT Sony needs to fix WIFI
5 Star Review   By LIZ1988 on Adorama - Sep 5, 2013   

I've used Windows convertible laptops for over 6 years and this is by far the best. The only downside is the WIFI issue. As long as you are very close to a WIFI router everything is fine but the moment you step even slightly away from the router the signal drops quickly. Other than that I love the performance and battery life. I like it so much I bought a wireless router for each room I use this laptop in!

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Needs a little work, but impressive & innovative
5 Star Review   By BobInKG on Adorama - Aug 21, 2013   

Anything complex and new is bound to have a few bugs. I bought this a little under the gun as I wanted the battery life and power of the new Haswell and was heading back for another year in central Asia. But overall I am very impressed. Quality of the build is excellent. Design is great: a little large and heavy for one hand use as a tablet, but great for taking notes at a meeting, reading in a comfortable chair. Screen and keyboard are the right size for professional work, typing long articles and displaying multiple applications,requiring true multitasking. The main complaint from the media seems to be about the fixed display angle in laptop mode. It doesn't bother me much. The viewing angle is very wide so that a little too flat or steep isn't noticeable. I have two suggestions here. a docking station that held the display vertical in tablet mode with adjustable angle to its base would improve viewing lengthy videos and movies in a slouched position. The screen itself is very light, less than 1/2 lb.. Using the WIDI or Bluetooth technology to interface screen to the computer/keyboard base as well a using the hinge would take care of the critics. The sixe of the small touch pad is fine. I note a few bugs that a future firmware could could improve. 1. Touch sensitivity is sometimes poor and not always fixed by calibration. Thank goodness for the stylus. A fingernail or other pointed device is not detected. Only the stylus with a battery enabled (here I am guessing) electro-magnetic field provides a high enough resolution for selecting small buttons or check boxes such as the tabs close "x" in a browser. These are impossible to activate with a finger, especially when near the border of the screen. It means I need the stylus around most of the time. 2. I have encountered 3 crashes. 3. The first time seemed to be due to some mal-ware I picked up from free apps from the micro-soft store. It required an OS rebuild from the restore partition containing a win8 image. Once I found the appropriate button under the front lip of the keyboard, the rebuild proceeded without a hitch. Fortunately the computer was only 1 week old so nothing important was stored on the ssd. 4. Once the computer shut down on low power without any warning. It wouldn't start up once the AC as on. I had to wait a while to recharge and still would not start until I used the restore button again. 5. Just recently, the computer crashed again. This time the screen was dead. start button, and restore button did nothing. But you could hear the fan. Eventually I decided to unplug the AC expecting the fan would empty the battery. Once the noise stopped, I noted the charge light flashing orange. No response. I plugged AC back in, light went to solid orange. Still no response. SO I waited again and tried the restore button again and the VAIO logo appeared and machine booted. I chose to restart and it came back to life with the notice from micosoft about the crash and request to send MS some data. Although the risk of a similar incident is annoying, I expected something like this. These bugs will eventually be worked out. Nevetheless, the DUO 13 is a beauty, I am glad I purchased one.

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Exceeded all my expectations
5 Star Review   By JBV123 on Sony - Official Store - Aug 12, 2013   

I've had the duo 13 for ~2 weeks. Have been streaming movies from Netflix and CinemaNow players flawlessly. Battery life after movie streaming and Internet browsing at about 8 hrs. I'm a fan of the slider design, and when in bed, mostly use it in tablet mode with the stylus as a pointer. Even used the rear camera to take a few pictures, which turned out pretty decent.

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Exceeded all my expectations
5 Star Review   By JBV123 on Adorama - Aug 12, 2013   

I've had the duo 13 for ~2 weeks. Have been streaming movies from Netflix and CinemaNow players flawlessly. Battery life after movie streaming and Internet browsing at about 8 hrs. I'm a fan of the slider design, and when in bed, mostly use it in tablet mode with the stylus as a pointer. Even used the rear camera to take a few pictures, which turned out pretty decent.

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Worst Purchase Ever
1 Star Review   By number1BR on Sony - Official Store - Aug 5, 2013   

I bought this computer from the Sony store around 4pm, had dinner went shopping some more and got home at 8pm. Opened the computer to start running initial setup things, windows and vaio software updates. First of all, the vaio software updates would not install, I have a guess for why explained later. Then as I finally finished installing the windows updates and vaio updates, which took forever because it kept giving me error messages saying cannot install, I began having hardware problems, the keyboard, touchpad, and also the windows physical start button stopped working. This was at 11pm that very same day, only 3 hours after I started using the laptop. So I called sony support, was put on hold for over an hour, and had my problem fixed. At the very end of my call with the sony support services, he asked me to check if the wireless was working, which I had not paid special attention to prior because I was too busy with updates and learning how to use windows 8. I tried to load google.com, one of the simplest webpages that should load in less than 10 seconds even on edge but it took 2 minutes to load. But I assure you it was not my internet because I had my main computer right next to the duo 13 and it loaded google in a second. By then it was already 1am in the morning so I tried to sleep but was too angry at this almost 2k product and began searching online. I had read plenty of review before I bought it and none really seemed to address this problem but when I searched "Sony Duo 13 WiFi problems" there were people talking about this on the sony support forum. This problem probably caused the vaio updates to fail because it could not establish a connection to my router which is literally 15 feet away. I had some things to do that morning but when I got back home, I called sony support for the second time in less than 24 hours and spent another hour on the phone with them. The first representative I spoke to had no idea that not only the Sony Duo 13 was experiencing wifi problems but also the Sony Pro 13. The second rep acknowledged that people have been reporting this problem and helped me factory reset the computer so I can go return it within the 24 hour margin that I purchased this laptop. In summary, I spent over an hour at night trying to fix the hardware problems, spent, another couple hours trying to install software, and now I have to go back and return this laptop as my only options were to get the wifi chip replaced, get an exchange or get a return. Because I have had enough with sony over the past 24 hours, I am returning this. Thank you.

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Best convertable I've Tested
5 Star Review   By rgatl on Sony - Official Store - Jul 21, 2013   

Used a dell ultrabook and Microsoft Surface Pro. However, I was seeking a computer that gave me best of both worlds. The Surface Pro came close but the screen size was just too small to be productive for a long period of time and the battery only lasted 5 hrs. The Dell ultrabook was great but did not have touch and I grew to love using touch with Windows 8. The Sony Duo 13 in my opinion achieved these two goals for me. It allowed me to be very productive with a traditional laptop style design (keyboard/touchpad) and get playful after hours with a design that allowed me to convert to a tablet and take advantage of a touch OS/applications. The battery life is astonishing for an i7 processor, which ran for approximately 9-10 hrs before I attached to the power cord. For someone who is looking to achieve a working and playful device in one machine then I would recommend you try this device. The wireless video and audio to TV is also a plus when using it as consumption device.

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Product Details
Description
Sony SVD13215PXB Sony recommends Windows 8. The 13.3" Full HD 1920 x 1080p touchscreen LCD with TRILUMINOS Display creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors – just the way you want to see them. Thanks to a new-generation technology that makes colors purer and more distinct with a wider color range, giving images a heightened sense of depth.
Summary
Product Title Sony VAIO Duo 13 SVD13215PXB Black 13.3" Ultrabook
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.1 | 17 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B00D7ZH19S
Expert Reviews
Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD-1321 Series
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 2, 2013

Testseek.com has collected 107 expert reviews for Sony Vaio Duo 13 SVD-1321 Series and the average expert rating is 76 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great tablet / laptop
5 Star Review   By Melkote on Sony - Official Store - Oct 1, 2013   

I am really very happy with this purchase. At work and at home is a perfect fit.

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Great tablet / laptop
5 Star Review   By Melkote on Adorama - Oct 1, 2013   

I am really very happy with this purchase. At work and at home is a perfect fit.

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Excellent laptop/tablet combo
5 Star Review   By DevMan on Sony - Official Store - Sep 6, 2013   

It's pricey but definitely worth it. I researched laptops and tablets ad nauseam. This one seemed to get the best review but some did complain of wifi connectivity strength issues. (Although this complaint seemed prevalent on all new laptop/tablet combos.) I haven't had any wifi issues with mine. Performance is great. Battery life is awesome!! I can go an entire work day without having to plug in the laptop! I really like having the pen stylus. I recommend buying a screen protector and a good case. I already dropped it once! It fell on one of the corners. The case did an excellent job of keeping the laptop in tact. It only received a small dent that's not noticeable except to me since I was the one that dropped it.

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Excellent laptop/tablet combo
5 Star Review   By DevMan on Adorama - Sep 6, 2013   

It's pricey but definitely worth it. I researched laptops and tablets ad nauseam. This one seemed to get the best review but some did complain of wifi connectivity strength issues. (Although this complaint seemed prevalent on all new laptop/tablet combos.) I haven't had any wifi issues with mine. Performance is great. Battery life is awesome!! I can go an entire work day without having to plug in the laptop! I really like having the pen stylus. I recommend buying a screen protector and a good case. I already dropped it once! It fell on one of the corners. The case did an excellent job of keeping the laptop in tact. It only received a small dent that's not noticeable except to me since I was the one that dropped it.

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Best laptop ever BUT Sony needs to fix WIFI
5 Star Review   By LIZ1988 on Adorama - Sep 5, 2013   

I've used Windows convertible laptops for over 6 years and this is by far the best. The only downside is the WIFI issue. As long as you are very close to a WIFI router everything is fine but the moment you step even slightly away from the router the signal drops quickly. Other than that I love the performance and battery life. I like it so much I bought a wireless router for each room I use this laptop in!

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Needs a little work, but impressive & innovative
5 Star Review   By BobInKG on Adorama - Aug 21, 2013   

Anything complex and new is bound to have a few bugs. I bought this a little under the gun as I wanted the battery life and power of the new Haswell and was heading back for another year in central Asia. But overall I am very impressed. Quality of the build is excellent. Design is great: a little large and heavy for one hand use as a tablet, but great for taking notes at a meeting, reading in a comfortable chair. Screen and keyboard are the right size for professional work, typing long articles and displaying multiple applications,requiring true multitasking. The main complaint from the media seems to be about the fixed display angle in laptop mode. It doesn't bother me much. The viewing angle is very wide so that a little too flat or steep isn't noticeable. I have two suggestions here. a docking station that held the display vertical in tablet mode with adjustable angle to its base would improve viewing lengthy videos and movies in a slouched position. The screen itself is very light, less than 1/2 lb.. Using the WIDI or Bluetooth technology to interface screen to the computer/keyboard base as well a using the hinge would take care of the critics. The sixe of the small touch pad is fine. I note a few bugs that a future firmware could could improve. 1. Touch sensitivity is sometimes poor and not always fixed by calibration. Thank goodness for the stylus. A fingernail or other pointed device is not detected. Only the stylus with a battery enabled (here I am guessing) electro-magnetic field provides a high enough resolution for selecting small buttons or check boxes such as the tabs close "x" in a browser. These are impossible to activate with a finger, especially when near the border of the screen. It means I need the stylus around most of the time. 2. I have encountered 3 crashes. 3. The first time seemed to be due to some mal-ware I picked up from free apps from the micro-soft store. It required an OS rebuild from the restore partition containing a win8 image. Once I found the appropriate button under the front lip of the keyboard, the rebuild proceeded without a hitch. Fortunately the computer was only 1 week old so nothing important was stored on the ssd. 4. Once the computer shut down on low power without any warning. It wouldn't start up once the AC as on. I had to wait a while to recharge and still would not start until I used the restore button again. 5. Just recently, the computer crashed again. This time the screen was dead. start button, and restore button did nothing. But you could hear the fan. Eventually I decided to unplug the AC expecting the fan would empty the battery. Once the noise stopped, I noted the charge light flashing orange. No response. I plugged AC back in, light went to solid orange. Still no response. SO I waited again and tried the restore button again and the VAIO logo appeared and machine booted. I chose to restart and it came back to life with the notice from micosoft about the crash and request to send MS some data. Although the risk of a similar incident is annoying, I expected something like this. These bugs will eventually be worked out. Nevetheless, the DUO 13 is a beauty, I am glad I purchased one.

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Exceeded all my expectations
5 Star Review   By JBV123 on Sony - Official Store - Aug 12, 2013   

I've had the duo 13 for ~2 weeks. Have been streaming movies from Netflix and CinemaNow players flawlessly. Battery life after movie streaming and Internet browsing at about 8 hrs. I'm a fan of the slider design, and when in bed, mostly use it in tablet mode with the stylus as a pointer. Even used the rear camera to take a few pictures, which turned out pretty decent.

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Exceeded all my expectations
5 Star Review   By JBV123 on Adorama - Aug 12, 2013   

I've had the duo 13 for ~2 weeks. Have been streaming movies from Netflix and CinemaNow players flawlessly. Battery life after movie streaming and Internet browsing at about 8 hrs. I'm a fan of the slider design, and when in bed, mostly use it in tablet mode with the stylus as a pointer. Even used the rear camera to take a few pictures, which turned out pretty decent.

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Worst Purchase Ever
1 Star Review   By number1BR on Sony - Official Store - Aug 5, 2013   

I bought this computer from the Sony store around 4pm, had dinner went shopping some more and got home at 8pm. Opened the computer to start running initial setup things, windows and vaio software updates. First of all, the vaio software updates would not install, I have a guess for why explained later. Then as I finally finished installing the windows updates and vaio updates, which took forever because it kept giving me error messages saying cannot install, I began having hardware problems, the keyboard, touchpad, and also the windows physical start button stopped working. This was at 11pm that very same day, only 3 hours after I started using the laptop. So I called sony support, was put on hold for over an hour, and had my problem fixed. At the very end of my call with the sony support services, he asked me to check if the wireless was working, which I had not paid special attention to prior because I was too busy with updates and learning how to use windows 8. I tried to load google.com, one of the simplest webpages that should load in less than 10 seconds even on edge but it took 2 minutes to load. But I assure you it was not my internet because I had my main computer right next to the duo 13 and it loaded google in a second. By then it was already 1am in the morning so I tried to sleep but was too angry at this almost 2k product and began searching online. I had read plenty of review before I bought it and none really seemed to address this problem but when I searched "Sony Duo 13 WiFi problems" there were people talking about this on the sony support forum. This problem probably caused the vaio updates to fail because it could not establish a connection to my router which is literally 15 feet away. I had some things to do that morning but when I got back home, I called sony support for the second time in less than 24 hours and spent another hour on the phone with them. The first representative I spoke to had no idea that not only the Sony Duo 13 was experiencing wifi problems but also the Sony Pro 13. The second rep acknowledged that people have been reporting this problem and helped me factory reset the computer so I can go return it within the 24 hour margin that I purchased this laptop. In summary, I spent over an hour at night trying to fix the hardware problems, spent, another couple hours trying to install software, and now I have to go back and return this laptop as my only options were to get the wifi chip replaced, get an exchange or get a return. Because I have had enough with sony over the past 24 hours, I am returning this. Thank you.

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Best convertable I've Tested
5 Star Review   By rgatl on Sony - Official Store - Jul 21, 2013   

Used a dell ultrabook and Microsoft Surface Pro. However, I was seeking a computer that gave me best of both worlds. The Surface Pro came close but the screen size was just too small to be productive for a long period of time and the battery only lasted 5 hrs. The Dell ultrabook was great but did not have touch and I grew to love using touch with Windows 8. The Sony Duo 13 in my opinion achieved these two goals for me. It allowed me to be very productive with a traditional laptop style design (keyboard/touchpad) and get playful after hours with a design that allowed me to convert to a tablet and take advantage of a touch OS/applications. The battery life is astonishing for an i7 processor, which ran for approximately 9-10 hrs before I attached to the power cord. For someone who is looking to achieve a working and playful device in one machine then I would recommend you try this device. The wireless video and audio to TV is also a plus when using it as consumption device.

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Best convertable I've Tested
5 Star Review   By rgatl on Adorama - Jul 21, 2013   

Used a dell ultrabook and Microsoft Surface Pro. However, I was seeking a computer that gave me best of both worlds. The Surface Pro came close but the screen size was just too small to be productive for a long period of time and the battery only lasted 5 hrs. The Dell ultrabook was great but did not have touch and I grew to love using touch with Windows 8. The Sony Duo 13 in my opinion achieved these two goals for me. It allowed me to be very productive with a traditional laptop style design (keyboard/touchpad) and get playful after hours with a design that allowed me to convert to a tablet and take advantage of a touch OS/applications. The battery life is astonishing for an i7 processor, which ran for approximately 9-10 hrs before I attached to the power cord. For someone who is looking to achieve a working and playful device in one machine then I would recommend you try this device. The wireless video and audio to TV is also a plus when using it as consumption device.

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Nice little laptop/tablet - win 8 is problematic
4 Star Review   By Costa on Sony - Official Store - Jul 13, 2013   

So far I am not sure weather it is thumbs up or down. From usability stand point it is very good. I can do all my work with a small tablet like laptop, battery lasts me for the day (will see if this changes). On the other hand i am worried about screen since you cannot close it. It is always face up. Windows 8 does weird things like not able to shutdown laptop monitor when connect to my tv. it will try but then reset and turn on both again. hope MS gets their things together and puts out bunch of fixes. i will post another review once i had this laptop for a few month.

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Nice little laptop/tablet - win 8 is problematic
4 Star Review   By Costa on Adorama - Jul 13, 2013   

So far I am not sure weather it is thumbs up or down. From usability stand point it is very good. I can do all my work with a small tablet like laptop, battery lasts me for the day (will see if this changes). On the other hand i am worried about screen since you cannot close it. It is always face up. Windows 8 does weird things like not able to shutdown laptop monitor when connect to my tv. it will try but then reset and turn on both again. hope MS gets their things together and puts out bunch of fixes. i will post another review once i had this laptop for a few month.

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Sony Duo
5 Star Review   By anilindia on Adorama - Jun 26, 2013   

This is going to be the future of computing.I was one of the first person to buy the Vaio Z in 2008 from U.S.It still rocks even after 5 years of rigorous use..The screen is the best.So I know very well that Duo is going to be an eye opener to all. Anil Rajesh.

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I want something else!
4 Star Review   By FLORENMC on Sony - Official Store - Jun 17, 2013   

I'd rather see Sony do a convertible like Lenovo Helix. The slider's viewing angles is limited if you are viewing this device while on a bed flat on your belly. I'll wait for the next version but hopefully Sony ditches the sliding design and use a Lenovo Helix (detachable) screen.

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I want something else!
4 Star Review   By FLORENMC on Adorama - Jun 17, 2013   

I'd rather see Sony do a convertible like Lenovo Helix. The slider's viewing angles is limited if you are viewing this device while on a bed flat on your belly. I'll wait for the next version but hopefully Sony ditches the sliding design and use a Lenovo Helix (detachable) screen.

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