This hybrid can shift between laptop, tablet, or kiosk modes, and includes a copy of Photoshop Elements 12.
The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is ambitious, but less universally useful than other Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids. There may not be a real need for a slider-style PC.
The Sony Vaio Fit 14 is an all-around excellent laptop for the money that will satisfy the basic demands of everyday use for many people and look good doing it.
Sony's unique attempt at a big-screen hybrid looks great and is reasonably priced, but it works better as a laptop than a tablet.
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The superthin, superlight Sony Vaio Pro 11 is everything we expect from an excellent ultrabook.
Originally $800, this refurbished 11.6-inch tablet includes a keyboard, kickstand, and 128GB SSD.
Vaio is now a separate company to Sony, but its first two laptops are familiar for more than their name.
If you’re craving full Windows 8 on a tablet the size of an iPad Mini, and want a great display, the ThinkPad 8 is one of the best we’ve seen...but not by much.
If you want a reasonably priced desktop-replacement big-screen laptop, the Vaio E17 is worth a look. But it’s not a good Windows 8 showcase machine, and it lacks any touch interface other than a small touch pad.
While there are certainly things to like about the Sony Vaio Duo 11, the design gets in the way of enjoying them.