"Great Device...IMO - Not Perfect, But What Product Is?"4.0 starson by ajtrek
Pros: Excellent Sony build quality
Backlit key board
i5 or i7 processor
6Gb or 8Gb RAM
Lack of conventional trackpad
Summary: With an i7 processor and 8Gb of RAM the Sony Vaio Duo 11 (SVD11) is a powerful cross between a tablet and laptop. The key is to recognize that it is not a tablet nor a laptop in the conventional sense. If it were not for the lack of a trackpad it would be the perfect device in terms of form factor and design... IMO.
The screen is brilliant and the backlit keys are a great bonus for a unit of this type. No other cross over device has the built-in connectivity options offered by the SVD 11 (USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, SD slot, Headphone, and Ethernet). Battery life is not great so the optional Sheet Battery is a must plus you get a holder for the digitizer pen. Unlike some reviews I don't have a problem with viewing angle in laptop mode. Although not a brick you won't be holding it in one hand for extended periods of time when in tablet mode.
The SVD 11 like any tablet or laptop is not for everyone so don't buy it on impulse. It compares well against the Microsoft Surface Pro (i5 processor build) in terms of performance, looses a little ground with the lack of a trackpad, but beats it in connectivity options. As a Windows 8 hybrid device the Sony Vaio Duo 11 deserves a close look.