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 Bennett Better than a Surface Pro 2 and good price
I've had this for about a week and a half and can so far say this computer has lived up to its expectations. The feature I like most is its versatility. Since it's so lightweight, it's really easy to take to and from school and friends houses. The wireless keyboard is awesome because I don't have to hold an entire computer on my lap and secures magnetically to the screen as a cover with extreme ease. The only problem with it is that it sometimes randomly stops working, but I found all you have to do is attach it to the screen for 5 seconds and it's fine. Also, the touchpad is a little like reading brail, which is strange at first, but I have actually come to prefer it. The touch screen is responsive, which is important for obvious reasons. I love how it has a USB port, but honestly it doesn't even matter because my Tap 11 came with SkyDrive from Microsoft which makes saving files super easy. It hooked up to my wireless printer automatically which was awesome because usually technology never works like it's supposed to in this house. It only took about a day to get used to Windows 8 and it's not too bad now. The only problem I have is that it's always automatically updating something. Also the pen that it comes with is great for keeping fingerprints off, which this thing is a magnet for. And since it's mainly a computer, you get the full Office, not some cheap tablet-optimized version. HD videos on youtube can sometimes be a little jumpy, but I think I can attribute that to less than average WiFi and doing a bunch of other stuff at the same time.
So compared to the Surface Pro 2: The Tap 11 has a bigger screen and is lighter and looks better. It also came with 64 more gigs of memory standard. The keyboard is better spaced-out so it's easier to type on and......... IT COMES WITH THE PACKAGE. The type keyboard for the Surface is an extra $130. Microsoft has made a big deal about its new kickstand, so I should mention the Tap 11's kickstand. The Tap 11's covers all angles (compared to only 2) but you can't really use it in your lap because it's so thin it slips in between your legs.
Anyway, I hope this helps you make an informed decision!
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WilKwi The Best Laptop
Sony Tap SVT11 is the best Laptop I have ever used . the best partner for travel. and most convenient to use. small issues I used to have like the keyboard loosing connectivity other than that its perfect . the design feature to accommodate an micro SD is perfect for additional memory
November 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by tap11user Power malfunctioning
I purchased Tap 11 little over a month ago. I was quite happy with it as it served as a great mobile tool with increased productivity (vpn, larger screen for better reading, handwritten note taking etc). However, while working on the slate, the screen sometimes just goes in sleep mode (don't know what triggers it to suddenly go into sleep mode!). Touching the screen doesn't help to activate the screen and had to press the power button to activate the screen. It is annoying to enter the password every now and then in the middle of work, more so if the file too is password protected. Ultimately, the power button stopped functioning. The device is not powering up and because it is over 30 days, the tablet cannot be replaced. It is a pity that the device is not designed to handle regular PC use.
December 27, 2013
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 4 out of 5 by jennyk Great tablet--still could use improvements
- Visually appealing: sleek, lightweight, easy to carry, modern
- Fast start-up
- Fast charging
- Nice resolution
- Keyboard loses connectivity often (has to be paired often)
- Really annoying when the shift or ctrl key get "stuck". (Does not seem like a hardware problem) Fix: Restart the computer or keep pressing the shift or ctrl key until resolved.
- Audio at highest level is not very loud relative to other tablets/laptops
- The flap on the top left of the screen gets in the way when you plug in something. Not of the highest quality.
- Pen holder/attachment is not the best design: hard to put on or take off.
- Webcam images are very pixelated
Overall, the Sony Tap 11 is my favorite tablet out of those out in the market today.
September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by youngexplorer Windows laptop and tablet, best of both worlds
Previously I had an Android tablet, it was great but for me I needed a Windows device to do everything that I want to do. For example certain creative software are not yet available for Android or iPad. Also IPad's are sometimes unable to display all the websites with Flash and other animations. This Tap 11 is perfect, I have the power and flexibility of regular Windows 8 that runs all windows program yet has the portability of a tablet !!!
I love the detachable wireless keyboard and the stylus that allows you to use as a pointer and mouse if you don't want to bother with the keyboard. It is nicely designed, feels expensive.
I love this tablet!!! I was considering the MS Surface before but it is more expensive and heavier than the Sony Tap 11. I highly recommended it!!
February 15, 2014