Par Business user
- It is a beautifully designed machine, which is light enough to use conveniently as a tablet and converts smoothly into a Windows laptop, for which the stylus is particularly useful, as it's not easy to select, say, menu items with a fat finger. Some reviewers criticized the fact that in laptop mode the screen angle cannot be adjusted, but I find it just right. It comes with a slot for a SIM, which works flawlessly, but, as far as I can determine, it doesn't have a GPS receiver, which is a bit of a letdown in a mobile device. The keyboard is backlit and is comfortable and accurate in use. The trackpad is a little small, but you soon get used to it, and, with a touch screen, it's a bit superfluous anyway.
- The huge disadvantage is the wireless performance, which is appalling. I have full bars up to about 5m from my access point, but I only need to go downstairs for it to be unusable, whilst all my other wireless devices have great reception all around the house and even in the garden. On the Sony Community forum there are currently 24 pages of complaints about this issue and it is only very recently that Sony has started to take any notice. I have a USB wireless adapter on mine now, which solves the problem, but I don't expect to have to sacrifice a USB slot on a machine costing this kind of money. In fairness to Sony, I should say that it seems many manufacturers are having problems with the Broadcom wireless card such as the Duo has, but most seem to have reacted more swiftly than Sony, though I'm not aware that any has yet come up with a definitive solution. I would advise anyone thinking of buying a new machine to check out the reputation of its wireless connectivity before purchase. In sum, the Duo is a fine machine for consumer use in tablet mode and every bit as good for productivity as a full blown laptop, but do consider that if you expect it to be fully mobile, you'll be disappointed.
Published on: 16 October 2013