Rated 5 out of 5 by sporeboy Super innovative and just cool
I bought this for my wife actually, but ended up setting it up of course. She wanted a tablet but needed something more robust for work + she likes taking notes with a pen. Voila! I have to say, I was a bit skeptical and bought this a bit on a chance.
But I have to say, this is the first computer or tablet that I really have to say WOW! It's both the Sony Tap, but also Windows 8.1 This is an incredibly cool and innovative product combo, and I'm thoroughly hooked. I don't really need a new computer, my Win 7 laptop still works fine, but I'm very tempted.
Starting with my main CON: surprisingly few APPs. I knew there were fewer than Apple or Android, but it's a bit of a let down. That being said, there are many good ones, and because it is also a computer, I'm willing to go with it with the solid hope that this will get better over time.
+ The screen is brilliant, and great viewing from all angles. Touch is perfectly responsive.
+ Using the Win 8.1 tile system, we found intuitive and fun. I don't understand all the haters about this OS. It's my first introduction to 8.0/8.1 and I quite like it. You can switch to the desktop mode with one click. Easy.
+ The keyboard is surprisingly very comfortable and accurate to use and light as a feather.
+ The pen similarly works perfectly and recognized our handwriting even when sloppy. By holding the pen side button, you can erase. Nice.
+ The software after all updates was solid and streamlined.
- the battery perhaps could be better, but I did notice that it charges very fast, much faster than other computers or tablets that I have. The upside is the light weight of the laptop certainly. I don't find it awful, but something to manage if going on the road.
I've been working with this for over a week. I updated all the software. This computer and 8.1 OS have been out for almost 6 months, so I consider them baked and most of the kinks worked out. I'm sure my review, if done 4 months ago, would have been a different story.
If you like the idea of having a device that allows input from pen, keyboard and finger seamlessly interchangeably -- this is it. Kudos to Sony on this one. I think the negative reviews just didn't spend enough time, or had incorrect expectations.
I guess just to address one that I kept seeing. Why doesn't the tablet/screen attach to the keyboard, without which makes for typing in your lap difficult. I went two days without even looking at the keyboard. If you really need to do serious typing with the device in your lap... then get a laptop, that's the point. But to blame this as a fault on the VAIO TAP I don't get it.... that is what makes this design so great, it's assuming a travelling keyboard usage of probably say 10% to 20% and 80% pen/finger. Or otherwise at a desk. Having now used this device, I find this repeated criticism really unfair.
I'm using the 1.5Ghz model and the performance has been solid, I don't think the upgrade/custom 1.7Ghz model is necessary. But I also wouldn't risk the Pentium.
Anyways -- very happy customer. Please continue to build Windows APPs
February 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by EugeneB Just quck review after puchase
Very good computer but I can't understand how I can use mobile power supply with it. Sony Vaio Tap 11 has original uncompatible power jack. I got unexpected surprise
January 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mk366 Works For Me
This tablet is just what i was after works well as a tablet and as a laptop.
The only issues I have had where updates disabling my wireless.I rolled back and waited a week. That fixed the problem happened twice. Key Board stopped working the other night a reboot fixed that. Also happened after after an update. I mainly use word, excel, one note and pdf's with this machine and it has worked just fine for me pen is great. I'm not seeing the poor build quality another poster talked about. Not much to say looks good works like it should.
January 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HGBOSTON No more need to have PC and tablet
Went to Best Buy to look at MS Surface Pro 2, saw and tried out the Sony Vaio Tap11 and bought it on the spot.. Am running MS Office 365 Business edition, hooked up to two different company mail servers, plus my other private email domains. Use a $99 "Pluggable USB 3.0 docking station" in the office with full monitor, keybpard etc. Simple and effective.
Most importantly, while at home or on a plane I use full MS Office without the excellent Sony keyboard but with the even better Pen. Who needs PC, who needs iPad?
January 23, 2014