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SONY VAIO Duo 11 Intel Core i5 6GB 128GB SSD 11.6
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Pros: Specs are typical for current ultrabooks. I got this for the following reasons, listed in order of importance.

Digitizer, I need this for taking notes. Without the digitizer I wouldn't have gotten it.

Battery Sheet, ultrabooks currently have notoriously poor battery life, few have expandable battery options. Without the battery sheet I get 5.5 hours of Netflix playback (I tested this myself), with the sheet I get about 10.5 hours of Netflix playback.

Convertible, I see people complain about this, I don't get their complaints. I have literally the biggest hands (they're freakish I promise you) of anyone I have ever met, by a wide margin, and I have no issue with this keyboard. I hit the wrong button once in a while, but that will go away with practice.
I've read people complain about the actual conversion process, it is super easy. It's got a spring in it, you pull it up a little on the back and the spring does the rest. and pushing the screen down is all you do to reverse it.

Windows 8. All ultrabooks have it, but it bears mentioning. Windows 8 is great for this form factor. I needed it for eclipse ide, there's nothing comparable on android right now.

Cons: Weight. Like I said, giant hands, so the weight and dimensions aren't too much of a turn off for me. Three and a half pounds with the battery sheet is a bit much though.

Digitizer. It serves my purpose just fine, but messing around in art rage I did notice some significant lag.

Convertible. It's a big plus that it's convertible, but the ribbon cables that are open to the world can be a problem. Good tips, the open space is not a storage compartment ;) and be careful where you place your hands. Already a couple of times, due to the massive hands and the way I hold it, I've noticed my fingers touching the cables by mistake. I'll just have to hold it differently.

Price. It's comparable in price to everything of near equal stature, so it's not much of a complaint. They're all expensive.

Other Thoughts: I just got this a few days ago, so I haven't been able to put it through it's paces too much yet. I'll update this if anything changes.

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Display Name: damien k.

Date Joined: 10/05/07

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