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Sony Vaio Tap 11 Review

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Interface and functionality


Sony Vaio Tap 11 is coming with 64-bit Windows 8 or 8 Pro, meaning you can run any legacy Windows program on it, and hook up any peripheral your heart desires to the fast USB 3.0 port. The desktop app isn't a speed king, though we'd attribute the general response sluggishness to the basic Pentium Haswell in our unit.

Sony has laden the touch-friendly Modern UI with a couple of apps of its own on the homescreen, such as Album, Music, and Video Creator, which take care of your media viewing and editing needs, and Socialife, which serves as a social networking and RSS hub.

In addition, you get Note Anytime, which makes good use of the supplied stylus for jotting down notes, clipping or drawing, and the ArcSoft Camera for VAIO app, that manages your video chat sessions through the front-facing Exmor R shooter that comes with dual array mics.

Processor and memory


The cheapest $799 version of the Vaio Tap 11 tablet comes with a very basic Pentium 3560Y processor, though still in the newest Haswell family. You can then climb up to Core i3, Core i5 and even Core i7 CPU, of the low voltage variety. The base Pentium is fine for general usage and web surfing, but you can forget about any but more basic games with the integrated Intel HD4000 graphics. On the plus side, the tiny fan inside the tablet rarely comes on, as we wouldn't imagine the weakling processor heats up all that much under pressure with this performance.

In addition, Tap 11 comes with non-expandable 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. With our 128 GB version, only about 70 GB are user-available after Windows, the recovery, and additional Vaio apps take their toll on the storage count. You can expand the storage with up to 64 GB more via the microSD card slot at the top, though.

Internet and connectivity


The now decent Internet Explorer 11 is what comes with Vaio Tap 11, but since it is a Win 8 tablet, you can pretty much install anything you want, and Adobe Flash support will be guaranteed. All major browsers now have versions with Modern UI looks and feel, too, so you don't even have to go to the desktop interface mode.

There are Tap 11 versions with a SIM card slot and 4G, while the rest of the connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and NFC are shared across the board. Sony's tablet also sports an IR blaster at the top, and the infrared port is managed by a dedicated app that lets you control your home electronics. We already mentioned the stellar wired connectivity suite courtesy of the full USB 3.0 port, and the HDMI one which can hook the tablet to your older TV directly.

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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 03:49

1. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


3800mah battery??.... hell no!

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:35 3

6. brrunopt (Posts: 398; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


since when is a batery capacity measured by mAh ??

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:01 1

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


FINALLY
Thanks a lot dear Daniel :D

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:08

3. taikucing (unregistered)


battery sucks

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:04 1

13. RandomUsername (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


But it's sooooo thin :D

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:21

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Hey Daniel,
Is there any difference between the battery life of Pentium model and Core i models?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:33 1

12. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Sony says up to 6 hours for the Pentium, Core i3 and Core i5 versions, and up to 5 hours 45 minutes in the general description where Core i7 is included. With average usage you'll be lucky to get 5, we'll run a battery test and update with the results...

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:48

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Thanks
Waiting for your battery test...

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 02:54

15. PromoGuy (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


What is the model number for the tablet with the sim card slot? the people at Sony have no idea what I am talking about!
Thank you!

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:26

5. hmd74 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Surface pro 2 for me...

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 04:51 2

7. twens (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Microsoft really saw the future with the new design and concept of w8. I still find it hard to believe a full operating system is now running on so slim tablets. Geeks and software writers will be the ones to benefit most from this new form factors. Full computing power now in your hands when ever and however. People who are hating on w8 just can't see the future. Microsoft is way ahead of the competition this time. Time will tell soon.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 05:58

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Gorgeous device!!! Is it running full windows 8?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 06:11

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Read the first line of third paragraph in introduction!

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 06:43

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2359; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I read, but still I was confirming. ;)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 07:48

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Sony really loves to cram in the innards in a small and slim body like the PS4.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 08:46

16. kemety (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Daniel/everyone
I am having the hardest time finding online anywhere in the world a store that sells the Vaio Tap 11 with the 4G SIM card slot, where is this sold? How did you get your hands on one?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 16:48

17. skeptik (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Mar 2014)


Try Teleflora!!

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Display11.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels (190 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1500 MHz, Intel Core i3-4020Y processor
4096 MB RAM
Size7.4 x 12 x 0.39 inches
(188 x 305 x 10 mm)
27.2 oz  (771 g)

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