[Exclusive] Sony VAIO Duo 11 Windows 8 Ultrabook Malaysia Preview (Video)

We were at Sony Malaysia’s Vaio Ultrabook event last night and one of the attraction there was of course the Duo 11, a Windows 8 tablet cum Ultrabook with a sliding LCD display.

The event was held at Boulevard Hotel, Midvalley KL.

With the tagline “There’s More To The Touch”, Sony expressed their dedication and focus on touch enabled Ultrabooks and we will see a lot more of these from now onwards. The Duo 11 puts touch and handwriting at the heart of Windows 8 experience and allows high precision writing with a digitiser stylus.

We got the chance to touch the Vaio (see what I did there? :P) and try out some of the apps made by Sony exclusively for their Vaio ultrabooks.

The sliding LCD technology is called Surf Slider. The tablet slides out and reveals the keyboard underneath turning it into a full blown ultrabook in its glory. Measuring at only 17.75mm thin and weighs at 1.3kg, we feel that the Duo 11 is not too heavy to carry around is great to be used on a table.

A closer look at the keyboard.

The new Sony digitiser pen (which may not necessarily come with the Duo 11) allows more natural writing experience and the screen intelligently ignores the palm presses while writing, preventing distracting scribbles… a feature that we really like (on other touch devices, the palm should not touch the screen when writing as it will confuse the screen).

On the left side of the Duo 11 spots a VGA out port, SD/MS card slot and an earphone jack.

On the right side we can see 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, and power button.

Specs of the Sony Vaio Duo 11:
– Intel Core i5
– Windows 8
– 128GB HDD
– 11.6″ OptiContrast Screen (1920×1080 Full HD capacitive)
– Intel HD GRaphics 4000

Our initial thoughts
The device felt really solid and has a very strong slider hinge. Felt great in the hands though it would be better if it is slightly thinner and lighter. Keyboard typing feels good, just like typing on any other Vaio laptops. Windows 8 felt smooth on the LiveTile homescreen also also when running Metro apps but is prone to slight lagginess and jerks while in some drawing or note taking applications. Camera was OK. Sony’s Digitiser pen works as promised. Felt good but somehow we couldnt find the slot to keep the pen in the Duo 11 itself. Not sure if the slot was hidden or just not available. Overall, it is a good device if you want to have a tablet and an Ultrabook in 1 device.

The Vaio Duo 11 will be available in Malaysia from the beginning of November 2012 and will be priced at RM3,999.

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