Sony VAIO Duo 11

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  1. pagugu

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    (...continuation of previous post)

    Viewing angle of screen, with camera at about the eye-level for an average-height person seated at a desk:
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    Both units have beautiful displays. The colors do seem balanced differently, but I didn't have a chance to really compare them so I'll withhold comment on the displays for now.

    You can see that the Duo does a great job increasing it's effective screen size due to the closer presentation and imho better viewing angle than the Surface Pro. However, I don't know how noticeable this would be in actual usage. I will say that the Surface Pro display is really nice and I had absolutely no complaints about the screen or viewing angle in the time I spent with it today.

    Stylus comparison:
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    I've been pleased with the stylus performance on the Duo over the entire time I've owned it. But after using them both, I've found that the Surface Pro stylus offers a range of expression that is beyond what the n-trig in the Duo can do. The Surface Pro stylus is slightly more responsive (though the Duo hasn't disappointed me in this regard either) while I've found the Duo to be ever so slightly more accurate. The big difference IMHO is in the low-pressure ranges of pressure sensitivity. My two test apps were OneNote and Sketchbook Pro, and in both apps the Surface Pro did a consistently better job of picking up light strokes and turning them into beautifully weighted lines. The Surface Pro and OneNote is a thing of beauty.

    I do prefer the build quality of the Duo stylus more, it feels polished and high quality whereas the Surface Pro stylus is plasticky. And both units are SOL when it comes to pressure sensitivity in Photoshop at the moment. :(

    Finally, two pictures showing the dimensions of the units when packed up and ready to commute:
    cases-front.jpg cases-side.jpg
     
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    Hi Andrew,

    I tried to comment on what I could in my two previous posts regarding areas of difference between the two devices that couldn't be found on a specsheet. I hope it helps in your decision. Regarding overall build quality, these two are both very well-crafted machines.I love the finish and feel of my Duo, and the balanced design only enhances that for me. The Surface feels really solid and while it does get warm, it hasn't been uncomfortably so.

    There is something I didn't mention that is design-related. The SD cards on the Duo stick out a bit when inserted, whereas the micro-SD cards in the Surface Pro go in without leaving an edge sticking out. I wish the SD cards went into the Duo without leaving an edge sticking out of the unit, because I frequently find I've accidentally ejected an SD card without realizing it.

    As for which one I'd prefer if I could have only one... I have to say that after comparing stylus performance in OneNote and ArtRage today in which inking on the Surface Pro was almost a religious experience, I really thought long and hard about moving over to a Surface. For one thing, my wife and I could share peripherals and power supplies! But after some reflection, I'm happy with my Duo. Drawing is a hobby for me, but the strengths of the Duo help me get my work done. The form-factor is highly portable, and the port-richness (I use the on-board LAN port fairly often and dual USB 3.0 is really handy) and smart external battery-capable design means I don't have to carry around dongles, chargers and port replicators.

    I pack up my Duo (w/sheet battery attached) in the morning and go and get a full day's work done. Not a single cable other than headphones goes in my bag any more. That is freedom, my friend!

    I echo Jjorj_X_McKie's sentiment -- I'm really excited for the entire Windows 8 ultraportable sector! If this first generation of devices is THIS good... I think my next upgrade is going to be ahead of schedule because I can't wait to see what comes out next year!
     
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  3. daniel frisbee

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    interesting reading pagugu, thanks.

    I'm curious to know how accurate the pen is for drawing- my own grievance being the vaio's wiggly lines on diagonals drawn slowly. How does that work on the surface pro?
    Otherwise I think the duo's form/slider design is preferable under nearly all circumstances...
     
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    I'm really surprised to see how thin the Duo is. I've always thought of it as rather thick. I too am looking forward to the next generation of devices. I would love to see a duo with a 13 inch screen in the same chassis or at east a Duo with a smaller bezel, and thinner monitor housing. I would also love to see a Surface Pro with Vaio Duo top specifications and a build closer to the Surface RT.

    Eitherway, thanks for the amazing comparison pictures.
     
  5. drew.spinnaker

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    Thanks so much! That was exactly the kind of information I was looking for. After the whole debacle of actually trying to buy a Surface, I am seriously considering the vaio.

    Thanks again!

     
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    One thing to keep in mind, assuming that using the tablet for academics means you will need PDF annotation, is that the Duo and any tablet using nTrig IS NOT supported properly by MS's PDF reader app. You won't actually be able to erase anything you write on a PDF, unless you buy a Surface, or a Samsung Ativ or any tablet with a Wacom pen. Unfortunately there are no other metro apps that support PDF annotation with a stylus.
     
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    Depends, in computer science we get OneNote for free which works really well for PDF annotation, especially since you got more space than just the pdf page itself.
     
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    Yes, but that's not really PDF annotating is it? That requires that you convert/import the PDF into a OneNote notebook. After-which the PDF is never really the same, and can't be opened with annotations by other devices, unless you export to PDF but then you have ruined the document's margins and headers. You might as well print the document, annotate it and then scan it.
     
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    Youre right, I didnt consider that some people would want to view it as pdf again.
     
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    So this may be a stupid question but is there any way to add a 4G LTE Card to the Duo? This would be the perfect device if so.... I believe it has a half mini PCIE card which currently has no wifi/LTE options unlike the normal mini PCIE which has the wifi, WWAN, bluetooth combo card.

    Is there room to sadder one somewhere?
     
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