VAIO Fit 13A | Flip PC
fell short of my expectations: unstable
PROs: fast. lighter than macbook air, convertible, pressure sensitive touch screen, fan noise wasn't a problem after installing the bios update. I work with PDFs a lot and it is very good to read PDFs in the tablet mode. In tablet mode, the screen size 13.3 is almost as big as an A4 paper. No need to zoom in and zoom out, unlike 10 inch tablets as I like to read in portrait mode. The backlit keyboard is helpful (you can set it to stay off untill you touch a key)
CONs: unstable (even with the drivers being kept up to date)
1. Touchpad would freeze at times. had to restart.
2. Wifi issues: it wouldn't occasionally connect to my home router. Disabling and enabling the wireless adapter resolve the issue but a nuance.
3. Battery life is average, not great despite haswell. Struggling to get half of what the new macbook air gives (barely getting 6.5 hours) . There have been instances where the computer blacked out without warning (even at room temperature).
4. doesn't come with a stylus (active digitizer pen). had to buy at 40$.
5. I changed the setting so that the computer goes into sleep mode when I close the lid. Sometimes it wouldn't go into sleep. Only when I wanted to resume my work, I would find out that the green light had stayed on and the fan had been running the whole time. When this happens, I sometimes couldn't log back on at all. Had to force restart by pushing and holding the power button down, with the possibility of losing the work I have done.
I was really excited at the concept of flip PCs (I was in the market for a long time looking at Yogas, XPS 12s, Surface pros and other 2 in 1s with haswell) and waiting for months for this to come out and disappointed given that I had to pay around 1400 $ (13.3", core i5, 8Gb ram, 256 Gb SSD) for a machine rife with annoying glitches. I am not asking for a gaming machine. I just needed a dependable light convertible which I can touch-annotate my PDFs on among other non-intensive uses. With its form factor and specs, it could easily have been the best laptop I have owned. Sony, please resolve the issues.
January 14, 2014
Great computer, awesome tablet.
I really like Sony's answer to the computer tablet question. I really like how you can use the tablet, but you don't have to detach it from the base. The touch works flawlessly. I enjoy the minimalism approach, 2 USB 3.0, a HDMI adapter, SD reader, and a head phone jack. Nothing extra, nothing wasted.
I also like the little touches Sony has, such as it's updater, it's self healing programs, even the choice to adjust the fan noise based on desired performance. This is my third Sony laptop, and at the same time it's what I expected and so much more than I expected.
And with an i5 prcessor, 8GB ddr3 ram, and a SSD, I know this will be my primary computer and tablet for the next 5 years.
December 25, 2013
So far so good
I got this about a week ago and may i say this is snappy. the BIOS update has quieted down the fan quite a bit (though you could still hear it, it is no longer disturbing in any way). i did experience the display flickering while auto brightness was turned on. once turned off it was great. runs Civ V at 1080p and mid to low graphical settings. works great as a tablet, works great as a laptop. touchpad is great (i turned off side gestures). the only problem i had is that it required a reboot is after i put it to sleep and woke it up a few times it got confused as to which way was up while in tablet mode (some of Sony's built in apps aren't very good about that either). the good thing is that the laptop reboots in about 10 seconds. also, it comes with windows 8, not 8.1 and some of the drivers were telling me they were not compatible even though they seem to be working. all that said i love the machine. gets 6ish hours of battery. thin, light, fast, hi res screen. what else can i ask for?
December 16, 2013
Good Decison Some Concerns
Great machine, a little bigger than I originally wanted but works very well. I use the tablet mode 75% of the time, laptop 25%. Either mode works great, laptop keyboard is lighted. This has all the ports I was looking for in a tablet. Plenty of storage after loading Microsoft, Lightroom and Quicken I still have 50gb. Use a 64gb SD Card for Pictures and Music. Unit is a little heavier than I was looking for when I begin my search three weeks ago. When unit is not plugged-in screen seems to flicker a little by dimming and becoming bright. Would have been nice for the price if the stylus had of been included. Do not buy the Sony stylus the bottoms are hard to use. The Windows stylus is easier to use with the external right and left bottom. Overall do not yet regret the decision. Best I saw in three week search. If not willing to wait for newer model good decision if looking for Windows Tablet.
November 27, 2013