Sony Vaio Tap 11 Windows 8 Tablet Computer

When we say we want a Windows 8 ‘tablet,’ one particular product generally draws to our thoughts: the Microsoft Surface and the newer Surface 2. No, we are not saying that this is the ‘standard’ tablet when it comes to turning Windows experience in a slate form factor. That being said, we are still welcoming third-party slates to introduce Windows 8, and hopefully we can get some better experience particularly because the Surface is not without flaws. Today, I am going to introduce some similar experience but giving a slightly unique feel; thanks to Sony’s Vaio Tap 11.

Starting with a price of $799 and can go a lot higher depending on configuration, we can easily say that Sony’s own version of a Windows 8 slate is not cheap, but nevertheless overly expensive also. If we pair it with that of Microsoft, I’d say that the price is actually very comparable. Talking about the slate alone without the keyboard gadget, the Tap 11 is more expensive, but consider also that for the Surface you cannot but help purchase the more-than-a-hundred-bucks Touch or Type cover as well. The price mentioned for this Sony Windows 8 slate comes with a keyboard piece that works also as a cover.

More with the general design, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 gets both the slate and the keyboard cover in one, but this cover is no ordinary cover: it is finished with a brushed aluminum surface at the back for that sleek feel. Unlike the Type cover of the Surface, we don’t get that smooth soft finish for the keys; we get island-type keys with a seemingly bigger touchpad. What’s more unique is that, using the keyboard here in the Tap 11 doesn’t require that you keep this keyboard plane hanging on the tablet itself. The connection is wireless, i.e., via Bluetooth, hence you can enjoy bringing the keyboard a few feet away from the slate.

That doesn’t really mean a perfect and better experience. Considering also that the included pressure-sensitive stylus doesn’t have a slot as you’d see on some Samsung Galaxy Note models, what you get with the Tap is a taste of a hassle: you should watch the slate, the keyboard, and the stylus in separate spaces. The company at least provides a clip wherein you can pin the stylus on the slate, but it is still different and a little problematic when put in contrast with that of having a real hub alone. Lastly, since we are into this hassle thing, the included Kickstand-like stand at the back is very narrow and seemingly weaker that what was offered on the surface. This means that you cannot expect the slate to stand on top of your legs, and supporting it with one hand nearly says that you cannot enjoy using the keyboard, which is separate.

But moving on, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 has some advantages or stronger points when compared to the Surface of Microsoft. First, it has a bigger screen at 11.1-inches with the same full HD display, powered also by Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology for a better color rendering engine. The Tap 11 also features a full-fledged Windows 8 experience (though I am not sure there’s a Windows 8.1 update), so you can use and enjoy legacy Windows apps—something that you cannot do with the Surface RT.

The machine on the inside is also PC-like, with specs like a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and 4GB of RAM and even 128GB SSD, all depending on configuration. That PC-like build is also made more incredible by a slimmer and thinner body (at least in proportion to the bigger screen), measuring only 0.39inches in depth and weighs only 1kg with the keyboard on it. By the way, I forgot to mention that the keyboard attaches to the slate as a cover through magnetic connectors, which at the same time charges the keyboard along the way.

Performance-wise, the Sony Vaio Tap 11 is a performer on its own, but not really a very strong candidate to really put into rival with other leading slates. But what’s more particular with the Tap 11 of Sony is that, its battery life should get a little better than merely shorter than six hours. This means that the Tap 11 is not really the ideal gadget for entrepreneurs always out for travel. The connectivity is also a bit short and somewhat cramped at only having a full-sized USB 3.0, an HDMI, and an expansion slot for extra storage. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even NFC.

The Sony Vaio Tap 11 provides a slightly different experience especially when put into contrast with the hot-listed Surface of Microsoft. Its list of paraphernalia may mean better in some ways, but a hassle also in other ways. I cannot say that the Tap 11 is a well-balanced Windows 8 PC, but I am still looking forward to more development than gradually opting to put this in my Christmas list.

Sony Vaio Tap 11 Windows 8 Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 36,000.00

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