In my never-ending quest for the ultimate technology tools, I am going in a new direction. After playing with an early iPad before turning to my beloved HP Touchpad for my tablet needs, it looks like my next tablet is going to run Windows. Even more surprising, the same machine will double as my next laptop too!
After writing earlier this week that while I love my Sony VAIO Fit 14 overall - the Wi-Fi issues were killing me - I went out and traded it in for another VAIO. This one is a Sony VAIO Duo machine. It is substantially more money, so if it has WI-Fi issues too, so help me!
Actually, many of the things I like about my FIT are in the DUO as well. Here is the spec list:
Inputs and Outputs
Weights and Measurements
My new DUO has the same CPU and RAM as my FIT. It has an upgraded Wi-Fi card. It also has a big improvement in the graphics card. While my screen is shrinking from 14 inches to just over 13, the graphics should be much snappier.
I am particularly eager to run my DUO in flat tablet mode. It comes with a stylus and applications that make it easy to write, draw and paint. It will offer me a chance to use my machine in a whole new way that I have always wanted to try. Since it is a combo, it will be interesting to see how often I switch between laptop and tablet modes.
My biggest fear is that my DUO, while trying to fill both roles, will fill neither well. Time will tell. I looked at this class of combo machines a while back and thought they were prohibitively expensive and not ready for prime time. This new DUO, though, seems to be much more polished and full-featured, offering great capabilities in both laptop and tablet modes. It isn't a cheap device, but at some level you get what you pay for.
In the meantime, Chiclet keyboard on the Duo seems the same as on my FIT, the touchscreen is very responsive and the hard drive is now totally solid state versus the hybrid I had on my FIT. My new machine is not the cool brushed aluminum that I had before, but a matte-black aluminum instead.
The machine should be here on Monday, so stay tuned for my early review next week. In the meantime, if you have any experience with the VAIO Duo, I would love to hear from you in the comments.
As co-founder and Managing Partner at The CISO Group, Alan Shimel is responsible for driving the vision and mission of the company. The CISO Group offers security consulting and PCI compliance management for the payment card industry. Prior to The CISO Group, Alan was the Chief Strategy Officer at StillSecure. Shimel was the public persona of StillSecure as it grew from start up to helping defend some of the largest and most sensitive networks in the world.
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