I work in design and recently had the opportunity to use a Sony Vaio laptop, one designed to be used in design and artwork. It's a very slim laptop but unfortunately isn't touch screen as it looks on every promotional photo I've seen, including on Dooyoo.
The laptop runs Windows 8 and the operating system is on the right side of perfect, it can be slightly laggy at times but that's more when I (as the operator) am expecting too much from it and trying to keep five or more programmes up and running at one time.
Colours and edges are sharp but what lets the laptop down is the very bold strokes needed to use the provided artistic tools, my drawing is based on light strokes and I found this laptop frustrating as it wouldn't allow me to pass the strokes from pen to screen as accurately as was necessary to format my work.
The few occasions when I did get a drawing to take to the screen I found the editing tools to be perfect and the laptop connects with ease to any wifi printer so getting a hard copy of my designs didn't cause any problems.
Everything else works as it should with programmes loading almost instantly and the internet being fast and straight forward to use. The automatic password set up was frustrating to start with and it took me three attempts at googling for a solution before I would work out how to turn the password off.
The laptop is mostly intuitive but some functions are not explained and/or are hidden from plain view. The online user manual isn't as good as expected from Sony but there are dozens of forums designed to help you work out annoying Vaio queries.
As a laptop I recommend it but as a working tool you need to be a bold artist to make full use of the functions and it's not as efficient for intricate work as drawing tools bought alone and loaded onto a higher spec laptop or desktop PC.
The price of £700 is not worth paying, you're buying a nice thin design laptop but the functions for which my company bought it are not well developed enough to warrant the high price.
I bought a refurbished model. Both as work computer for marketing tasks and light photoshopping.The pentium makes it too laggy to run the Artrage program that came with the computer.
Technology wise, this is basically a Surface Pro 3 with a much lesser processor. I was able to get a lot of online help with the stylus by searching my problems in Surface Pro 3 forums. Best Buy forgot to ship the stylus with my device so they reimbursed me the funds to buy a Surface pen from a nearby store. It works the same. If you don't like how the original pen feels, any N-Trig duo-sense pen will work.
For artists: You will need to press the pen down pretty hard to get a decent stroke on the canvas. I had a friend try a hand at this machine but he draws so lightly that his sketching strokes barely registered on the screen. Also, the side and top buttons are app specific. You can click a sidebutton and tap down for a right click, but those buttons are otherwise useless to almost every program you probably use. If you are a dedicated Wacom user who makes constant use of the eraser, side buttons and 1000+ levels of pressure sensitivity, you will be crying and probably screaming during the first several or several dozen times you use this or the Surface Pro 3 (or any N-Trig device). If you want to adapt to this or have no choice, it becomes more comfortable to use over time. Just make sure you see the pen cursor on the screen before you rest your palm down.
The trackpad is super sensitive, but there is an off switch for that on the keyboard. I turn it on briefly for clicking on things that i have a hard time with via pen/touch, then turn it back off.
The screen is such a fingerprint magnet. A microfiber cloth works best on cleaning that up easily.
Overall, this machine has been an amazing find. If you need a portable device for social networking and drawing with mild-intensity software, I recommend this. There are more powerful versions of this device that can fully compete with the Surface Pro 3 AND it actually comes with a keyboard.
This is a very decent laptop for the price. It basically has everything that you would expect at its price level. Be warned it does run windows 8 but is not a touch screen. Personally I don't mind it but it takes a lot of getting used to and I am a bit envious of people with touchscreen laptops.
This is perfectly adequate for most day to day use; browsing the internet, watching films using office software, playing free online or older games( though obviously this is in no way a gaming laptop) etc. Everything was fast enough. There are definitely more portable laptops out there but I didn't have too many problems using it on the train.
The screen was okay but the sound quality was a marked improvement on other laptops in this price range. Battery life is adequate but nothing more.
Personally I am not a huge fan of the keyboards on most Sony Vaio's but it isn't too bad.
To a large extent laptops have become something of a commodity so I would strongly suggest that people check the pricing very carefully and try to get your hands on them to see how you get on with the keyboards, like the appearance, investigate its ruggedness etc.It is a Mac wannabe? Probably, but envy is not a crime.
So a good family laptop with plenty of grunt power under the hood for some mid-range gaming action. Great (for a laptop) sound, and gleaming shiny whiteness to make it look expensive.
The VAIO Tap 11 is sexy enough to earn a look at its high points first. As I’ve already mentioned, Sony managed to stuff an impressive amount of computing prowess into this small frame, which is similar in size to letter paper and only four-tenths of an inch thick. Its 11.6-inch screen, with its resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, looks great and is very responsive to the touch. It has an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP webcam above the display.The Sony Vaio Tap 11 excels in many areas, while a few other low points rub off some of the appeal. On balance, though, Sony has got it broadly right. A better keyboard would earn it an extra half star, although it’s unlikely that would be possible without making a serious compromise on the highly attractive form factor and, we suspect, the price point was increase too. It may be a little bit big to use as a general purpose tablet, but if you’re happy to cart it around with that purpose in mind then you might be able to mentally shave off the £300 or so that you’ll be saving on a decent Android or iOS slate.
i bought this product two months ago and i am really happy with the product. battery life is good picture quality is awesome. i used to watch movies and listen songs.we all familiar with the crystal clear sound quality of sony. Although i didn't use it as a tablet much. if you want to play games inbuilt graphic card helps you but the performance will goes down with heavy games. Price is reasonable and easily affordable also you are getting best configuration that is i5 processor with 4 gb ram and inbuilt intel graphic card.
A friend of mine was using this laptop few months back, a great and awesome looking laptop, as sony never compromises with the looks.
The laptop has i5 intel processor 4th gen and comes in with graphics card. The performance was however not that satisfactory, specially when you hold it as a tablet, the scrolling effect is less, not like feather touch.
Though it has a 11.5 inch screen but yet in portrait mode the screen looked clumsy, like I already mentioned need to press or tap hard on the icons to open them.
The over all look of the laptop is cool, very thin and sleek, but should have come out with other colors because the white color faded away in a little while. Dirt and other things makes the white color dull after few use, and the keyboard started turning blackish from that of white, looks horrible.
I just hope to see a better color of this laptop, and a little more increased performance when it comes to using the same as a tablet.
The Sony Vaio Tap 11 is a solid competitor with the last generation
Microsoft Surface Pro 2. This tablet has a number of great things about it,
but overall it has enough issues to make it an inconvenient product for
most. Let's start out positive though. The processor is by no means a
powerhouse, but provides plenty of oomph for your everyday user. Plug a
controller into it and you can play a surprisingly decent selection of
games, especially when you start to include emulators. The screen is bright
enough for me 90% of the time and handles auto-dimming surprisingly well.
The power adapter (although a little on the short side) has its own usb port
for charging devices, and has a quick-release style plug that is second only
to the magsafe adapters that Macbooks use.
Now for the painful parts. There is only one usb port on the computer, so a
usb hub might be a good travel companion. The keyboard is nice in that it
comes included with the machine, protects the screen when connected, and
charges whenever it's connected. The problem here is that it's rather
flimsy, and key-travel is a bit short, also if your battery dies in the
keyboard there is no way to charge it without blocking your screen. The
stylus is pretty comfortable, but because of the high DPI 1920x1080 display,
it becomes virtually the only way to navigate the computer. The screen
doesn't lend itself well to vertical use. The aspect ratio leads to an
awkwardly tall device, and the screen distorts more than a tablet should as
the viewing angle changes from left to right in vertical mode.
This is a decent tablet with a few problems that keep it from being as good
as it could be.
The Sony-vaio is an awesome design and can really be useful when on a train, plane or just on the go. it can fit perfectly in a small bag so it is easy to just pull out. as well if you are laying down and you can detach the keyboard and just use it as a normal tablet. Then when you get back up and want to use it as a keyboard you can.