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Sony VAIO Tap 11

alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews of Sony VAIO Tap 11. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and portability. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the price. There are some critical opinions about the connectivity and durability.

performance, design, usability, portability, keyboard

reliability, battery, durability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO Tap 11 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VAIO Tap 11

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony VAIO Tap 11 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The design and portability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed views about the keyboard and performance. The durability and connectivity get negative comments.

portability, design, usability, screen

reliability, price, size, connectivity, durability

58% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Vaio Tap 11.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop (White) - (Intel Core i5 1.5GHz, 4GB RAM,128GB SSD, Windows 8)Sony Vaio Tap 11.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop (White) - (Intel Core i5 1.5GHz, 4GB RAM,128GB SSD, Windows 8)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: W. Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

W. Bryan Hastings

 

This super-svelte Ultrabook/tablet hybrid comes with sharp looks, impressive specs—and a host of design and usability shortcomings.

Thinnest, lightest Ultrabook on the market ; Vivid display readable even from the side ; Solid benchmark performances

Nearly impossible to use on your lap ; Mediocre battery life ; Display sometimes slow to respond to orientation changes ; Screen prone to glare

Sony's super-svelte VAIO Tap 11 comes with sharp looks, impressive specs—and a host of design and usability shortcomings.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11

 

The Sony VAIO Tap 11 might be the best looking tablet PC we've reviewed, but while the tablet is attractive, the performance leaves something to be desired.

Slim and stylish design. Wireless keyboard cover. Adjustable kickstand. Includes digitizer pen and apps for handwritten note taking and pen-compatible screen clipping.

Modest performance and battery life.

While the Sony VAIO Tap 11 doesn't offer the best performance in the PC tablet category, it does have the distinction of being one of the thinnest, lightest tablets I've seen. Combine the lightweight design with fairly good battery life, and the VAIO...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: DannBerg (theverge.com)

Sony Vaio Tap 11 review

 

Windows 8 has inspired plenty of strange notebook designs, from the swiveling screen on the Dell XPS 12 to the flexible Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. But Microsoft's own Surface tablet is the beacon for...

Extremely thin and light ; Beautiful display ; Surprisingly good keyboard

Mediocre build quality ; Can't connect keyboard when using tablet ; Needs deeper pen integration

We're getting closer, but we're not there yet

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Sony Vaio Tap 11 review

 

It's been nearly one year, but we still point to Microsoft's Surface Pro as the best example of a full Windows 8 tablet with a high-res screen and an Intel Core i-series CPU. That configuration makes for an experience much closer to a full-power PC,...

The Sony Vaio Tap 11 has a full Core i5 CPU, but is thinner than Microsoft's similar Surface Pro 2 and weighs less. A keyboard cover and active stylus are included in the price.

The slender kickstand and free-floating keyboard cover don't work well on laps or other uneven work spaces. Battery life could be better.

Sony's thin, powerful Tap 11 tablet shows up the competition in terms of design. It's not ideal for everyone, but only a few tweaks away from being the runaway leader in this smallish category.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

 

Sony knows how to make a good looking tablet. Flush from the success of the XPERIA Tablet Z, the company has borrowed the same slimline aesthetic for a Windows 8 version, the Sony VAIO Tap 11. It's the thinnest full-Windows tablet around with a proper...

Sony expects the VAIO Tap 11 to hit store shelves in late-October, by which point Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 will have just had time to begin filtering out to tableteers. Only time will tell how the two compare, but that’s something we’ll be looking at...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11 review: meet Sony's answer to the Surface Pro

 

At $800 with a keyboard included, the Tap 11 seems tempting. However, to hit that aggressive price, Sony compromised on build quality and also settled for weak starting specs.

When we learned that the Tap 11 came standard with a Pentium processor and not a fourth-generation Core chip, we were forced to rewrite parts of this review: the review card and even the conclusion you're reading now. Had Sony started at $800 with a...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Lisa Eadicicco (laptopmag.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

 

The Sony VAIO Tap 11 offers a sharp display in a thin design, but its short battery life and awkward detachable design are drawbacks .

Slim design; Sharp display; Quality audio; Accurate pen input

Impractical as a notebook; Short battery life; Runs a little hot

The Sony VAIO Tap 11 offers a sharp display in a thin design, but its short battery life and awkward detachable design are drawbacks .

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Softpedia (softpedia.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Tablet Review

 

According to the company, this is the “thinnest” slate available on the market today and, by the looks of it, Sony built it to provide direct competition to Microsoft's Surface Pro. The design is really classy and light, and the slate can be handled...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: David Eitelbach (computershopper.com)

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review and Ratings

 

The ultrathin Sony VAIO Tap 11 looks great and ships with a wireless keyboard and pen, but beneath the hood this tablet suffers from slower performance and shorter battery life than the competition.

Attractive thin and light design ; Comfortable keyboard ; Excellent audio ; Gorgeous 1080p IPS display ; Pen included

Cannot use tablet and keyboard on your lap at the same time ; Fair amount of keyboard flex ; Terrible palm rejection on the touch pad ; Tepid performance ; Short battery life

Unfortunately, Sony's decision to pursue an ultra-thin and -light design had adverse consequences for the Tap 11's battery life. It was the only tablet here to fall short of the four-hour mark in our video-playback rundown test:

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Michael Archambault (windowscentral.com)

Review: Sony Vaio Tap 11 - The Windows 8 tablet to beat

 

When you pick up Sony's Vaio Tap 11, you can't help but feel that it is a direct competitor to Microsoft's Surface line of devices. A few different OEMs have already tried to cut out their spot with devices similar to the Surface, but none have yet to...

Oct, 2013
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / S-Force Front Surround 3D / S-Force Front Surround 3D, ClearAudio+S-Force Front Surround 3D, ClearAudio+
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:28.5 / 3800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):28.5
Battery life (max):4 / 5 / 5.5 / 5.75 / 6 / 8.5
Battery performance:3800
Battery recharge time:2.5
Battery Technology:Li-Ion polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.9 / 0.92
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):7.99 / 8

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Housing material:Aluminium, Magnesium
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.8
AC adapter output voltage:19.5

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):850
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x402
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4200

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:N
Keyboard key pitch:0.748
Keyboard key stroke:0.0433
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard number of keys:82
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0+HS
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / S-Force Front Surround 3D / S-Force Front Surround 3D, ClearAudio+S-Force Front Surround 3D, ClearAudio+
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Keyboard:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Interface adapters included:Micro HDMI - VGA
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Gyroscope: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.8
AC adapter output voltage:19.5

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:2x4,4x1 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:3560Y / i5-4210Y
Processor boost frequency:1.9
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:3560Y / i5-4210Y
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):6
Stepping:D0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:76611 / 76622
Processor code:SR191
Processor package size:40 / 40 x 24 x 1.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y

Security

Cable lock slot: No
Fingerprint reader: No

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader,PlayMemories Home, VAIO Movie Creator,\nAdobe Photoshop Elements / PlayMemories Home, VAIO Movie Creator, NoteAnytime, CamScanner, Xperia Link / VAIO Message Cente, PlayMemories Home, VAIO Movie Creator, Album by Sony, Music by Sony, VAIO Remote control, VAIO Care, VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Control Center, Internet Explorer 10, Adobe Reader 11, VAIO Paper, VAIO Clip / VAIO Message Center, PlayMemories Home, VAIO Movie Creator, VAIO Care, VAIO Control Center, Adobe Reader 11, CamScanner, Xperia Link
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Enterprise / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Adobe® Reader®, McAfee® LiveSafeTM / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe / Office, McAfee LiveSafe, VAIO Care

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.413 / 7.4
Depth (tablet mode):7.4
Height:0.354 / 0.39 / 0.413 / 0.559 / 7.4
Height (tablet mode):0.39
Weight:2.43 / 27.5 / 29.3
Weight (tablet mode):27.5
Width:12
Width (tablet mode):12