We first had a glimpse of the Sony VAIO Duo back in August during the IFA event in Germany and it is now on sale at Currys for £900, after a 10 per cent discount using the code CUR499 that’s valid until tonight.
Otherwise known as the SVD1121Q2EB, the Sony VAIO Duo is a 11.6in convertible touchscreen Ultrabook that runs Windows 8 and carries a suggested retail price of £1000.
The main attraction of the device is its ability to transform from an Ultrabook to a tablet (and vice versa) within seconds using a clever mechanism that adds a few grams to the device (from 1.5kg to 1.8kg) and a few millimetres as well. In comparison, the Toshiba Satellite Z830 is thinner, has a larger screen and is lighter.
The Ultrabook is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz (with a 2.6GHz Turbo boost and 3MB L3 cache), 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, an display with a jaw-dropping (and headache-inducing) 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, Intel HD Graphics 4000, a card slot, one USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, a HD webcam and a one-cell Lithium Ion battery that can power the laptop for up to five hours.
So, unless you desperately need either a convertible Ultrabook that can transform into a tablet or a small display that has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, there are cheaper and/or better Ultrabooks out there, including from Sony’s own stable. Check out our review of the Sony Vaio Duo for more detailed take on the laptop.