Sony 11.6" VAIO Tap 11 Touchscreen Laptop 4GB 128GB | SVT11213CXB
Get more options at your fingertips with this Sony VAIO convertible laptop. The magnetic, detachable keyboard allows you to use your device in tablet or PC mode, and a high-definition touch screen lets you easily browse the Web, watch videos and flip through photos on a stunning display.
- Screen Size: 11.6"
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Processor Type: Intel
- Processor Model: Pentium 3560Y
- Processor Speed: 1.2GHz
This computer looked very sexy at the store where I purchased it. It is very thin, light, and has a good solid feel to it. In the store, it really looks nice. However, once you get it home and try to use it, a few design flaws become apparent, and then quickly grow to be annoying.
Firstly, The kickstand is very thin, and lines up with the gap between your legs, which makes it useless as a "laptop." I have grown accustomed to the Surface's wide kickstand that allows me to balance the computer easily on my lap. The Tap 11's kickstand works great on a table or desk, but is absolutely useless on your lap.
The screen and keyboard do not connect in any way. Meaning that you cannot use the keyboard to support the screen on your lap either. More importantly, and seemingly very odd to me, the keyboard charges from the screen. However, you can only charge the keyboard if the computer itself is asleep.
Thus, if your keyboard runs out of power, you are out of luck. You cannot attach it, and use phantom power from the screen to continue typing. Instead, you have to put the keyboard cover over the screen, and stop working for a few hours. Why they thought that was a good idea, is beyond me.
I don't hate this device, but I also don't love it.
It could have been a really solid contender, perhaps even a step up from a Surface. But these seemingly small design flaws make it useless for many common functions.
I will say this though. As a tablet, it is phenomenal. If all you want / need is a fantastic tablet, then I would absolutely consider the Tap 11. Very very sexy robust feel, lightweight, thin, well balanced, everything a tablet should be.
Just not a very functional laptop.
I will likely return it and get another Surface Pro 2.
To enhance the capabilities of the Vaio Tap 11 tablet, I threw in a 64 GB micro SDXC card, and bought an external optical drive. I'm using this to both replace my iPad, as well as my old laptop. I suspect that over time, I'll have less and less a need for the optical drive, but I did need it to install some existing software.
One word of caution. Be careful when you do the updates to Windows 8.1 update 1, as you have to do all of Sony's updates first. Next, there is an issue with the Sony wi-fi driver, in that it doesn't reliably reconnect to wi-fi networks when waking up from sleep mode, and isn't as fast as it should be. Problem is that Sony's wi-fi driver is several revs behind Intel, so get the update from Intel's site and it fixes these issues. Then, ignore Sony's offer to "update" the wi-fi driver. I've informed Sony of the issue, so hopefully they will obtain the latest driver, test it and offer it through their update process upon validation.
I've had the tablet coming up on 2 weeks now, and couldn't be happier. I've installed an older version of Microsoft Office, as well as a couple of old chess programs that I bought about 10 years ago (Chessmaster X & Fritz 7), my old Slingplayer software, Quicken 2012 Premier and it all runs fine. Processing power is acceptable for what I'm doing with it, as is battery life. As I use it over time, I'm discovering new and interesting things I can do with it, such as scan a document and run OCR on it.
Normally, I thought I'd be running in desktop mode, but as I play with the metro interface, I find that for certain things, it offers some nice advantages, not to mention the app store where I picked up a couple of free chess programs, a weather app that's better than the native Win 8 one, as well as a few other things.
I don't know how this tablet performs when it comes to intensive graphics gaming, but for my needs, the Sony vaio Tap 11 certainly fills the bill. I give it my highest recommendation.