Rated 5 out of 5 by ddesmara Sony VAIO Tap 11 is the Best Mobile/Desktop Device
I have used an Android Tablet and an iPad. The Sony VAIO Tap 11 is now the device I want to use.
People seem to want a tablet because it is "cool", surfs the net and reads email. But, if you want to use one device that does actual work in mobile lactations, Tap 11 with Windows is where it is at!.
Without an internet connection, an iPad is virtually useless. Yet, a Tap 11 can open Outlook offline and read and respond perfectly #uploading when you are online#. It can run Office for PowerPoint and document creation. It can edit Video in High Def with a Sony Vegas full fledged video editing program. And, it is small enough and agile enough to use in an airplane seat. #I don't even worry that the guy sitting front of me will lean all the way back in his seat and smash into the screen of my laptop.#
I love the Digital Pen. It is fantastic for taking notes and drawing pictures.
The Bluetooth keyboard is not attached. But in an airline seat, prop up the screen on the fold down table and type in your lap! I see iPad people trying that all the time, but there is no kickstand. So, they invest in a case that may or may not work to do the same thing or looks just as cumbersome as a laptop.
The Tap 11 is much, much lighter than an Ultrabook and yet, easier to arrange for comfort.
Microsoft is going the right direction. Sure, there are some minor drawbacks. It is Windows, not as many apps, not quite as fast to open some things. Battery life is not quite as good as iPad #still good enough for cross-country airline flights# and my core i7 processor needs to cool down occasionally with a fan. But, it much faster, quieter and much less bulky than a laptop!
I have a friend struggling to make spreadsheets work on an iPad. Why do that or invest in Office for iPad, when the Windows tablets now do so much more?
Again, the Tap 11 is the current state of the art for anyone wanting to go mobile and desktop on one device.
June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rickgeorges Thinnest, Lightest Windows Tablet PC On The Market
The Tap 11 is the thinnest, lightest, most capable Windows tablet on the market. Why Sony has decided to stop their production is a mystery. But, it is good for the frugal lawyer, because a refurbished Tap 11 can be purchased for less than $500. I bought a second one as a spare, and I have been spending a pleasant time installing my software, and getting it ready in case of disaster with my current Tap 11. This little computer won't win any speed competitions; although, it is very quick. It won't do any large video editing tasks; but, it is perfect and fast for day to day editing, document processing, web browsing, email, and all the other stuff lawyers do every day. Check your local Best Buy. Mine had 5 or 6 of these little computers for sale as refurbished items for $499. 4 Gigs of RAM. 128 Gigs of storage. An extra Micro USB slot for another 128 Gigs of storage. I could go on; but, the Pentium 3560 processor is comparable to a Core I3, and almost as fast as a Core I5. Zoom, Zoom.
June 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NeverAgainSony Almost unusable, poor quality!
I have my second device now because my first one stopped working after only 30 days (power malfunctioning). I experienced all the issues I list below on two devices:
- Touchkeybard regularly disconnects and has to be manually paired again.
- Finger input on the upper half of the touchpad sometimes produces "y" keystroke inputs (extremely annoying bug!)
- Tablet often shutsdown/crashes instead of going to sleep mode.
- After only one month one can see that the display is not very robust and there are gaps between the display and the case.
- Wifi issues!
- Sometimes there is a cracking noise when using the headphone jack.
- There are four updates which cannot be installed by Vaio Update.
- Clicking on "additional Information" links in the Vaio Update app redirects to broken links.
- My support request has been answered/forwarded by Sony within hours. However, their local support partner has never answered.
The Vaio Tap 11 is a nice looking, thin and light device and sufficiently powerful even for statistical computation (I use mine for work and at home). However, there are too many issues with this tablet, especially with the wirless keyboard. My advise: don't buy a Vaio Tap 11!
May 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by sizaus Better than Surface Pro
I was a Surface RT, Pro user at very beginning and now I'm looking for something better and I am here. First, it is better than Surface Pro at some good point: slim & thin profile, lighter, has pen holder. but if Sony consider and improve at next version what i'm about saying here, it'll pass way far far the Surface Pro.
1. why don't design the pen holder on top of tablet (rather than the left side where is block the usb port which very often in using#. also the holder is very hard to take off. if it is on top, user left hand will have more free space.
2. the AC port is terrible. ugly and easy to drop, not stable. please use same idea as MacBook pro or surface pro is great.
3. keyboard should contain more battery for the tablet, not suck the battery of tablet when attach it in.
4. kick stand is horrible. hard to pop out. too narrow to stand on user lap.
5. the home button no need to be at center, move it to left or right corner for convenience using. suggest to the right to combing design with the keyboard attach port for aesthetic looking.
6. battery should improve more. surface pro 1 already bad in battery. now sony vaio tap 11 even worst.
7. price is too high. why should a tablet with cheaper material, lower specs, small battery could cost higher than a very popular product #surface pro) if you target it as a competitor.
8. the sony letter at front should be 2/3 size of it right now.
March 7, 2014