Review: Sony Vaio Flip

Mar 09 2014, 15:09 IST
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Is the Sony Vaio Flip the perfect hybrid Windows 8 laptop? Is the Sony Vaio Flip the perfect hybrid Windows 8 laptop?
SummaryVaio Flip is notable for its screen, which is attached to a hinge that lets it flip 180 degrees.

to 8.1 for free) and on the hardware front, it has Intel’s Core i5-4200U processor (1.6 GHz), 4 GB RAM, 128 GB solid state drive for storage and an Intel HD 4400 chip for graphics.

When we reviewed Vaio P13 and Vaio Duo 11, we had said Windows 8 is a polarising OS. Things haven’t changed much with Windows 8.1. You will have to treat them as two different software platforms — desktop and tablet — in one OS. The touchscreen is impossible to use on desktop mode. The buttons are too small for your fingers, so you will end up hitting close when you want to maximise a window. The mouse is difficult to use in the Modern UI mode because most apps are designed for touchscreen input. We like Modern UI, but it increasingly appears that Microsoft would have been better off had it kept that side of the OS for tablets and phones and used the classic desktop mode for laptops and desktops. Now there are two sets of apps for the same OS, which harm the user experience.

If you use the Vaio Flip 13 as a laptop, it is a great machine. It’s very light for a laptop and gave us no reason to complain about its performance. It was able to play HD videos and managed light gaming very well. The Vaio Flip did heat up a bit when we put it through those two tasks, but not unbearably so. The battery lasted around six hours, which is satisfactory.

Should You Buy It?

If you are looking for a hybrid Windows 8 laptop, Vaio Flip 13 is one of the best in the market. At Rs 99,900, it is expensive, but it is a premium, powerful laptop. So, you get a great machine for the price. If you don’t like its flipping design, Sony Vaio P13 is a good alternative for Rs 74,990

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