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The Vaio Z Canvas is one powerful tablet (pictures)

The first Vaio computer since Sony sold off the brand: a 12.3-inch Windows 10 tablet with specs that rival Apple's most powerful MacBook.

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The 12.3-inch Vaio Z Canvas easily fits under an arm or into a small messenger bag.

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It's not a laptop, but rather a three-piece mobile workstation consisting of a tablet with kickstand, a wireless keyboard and touchpad, and a stylus.

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Since the keyboard cover is wireless, you can place it anywhere you like while you work.

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The "magic hinge," as Vaio refers to it internally, resists the pressure of the stylus pen as you press down, but also allows you to lift the tablet up to a desired angle with a single finger.

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Shame the stylus isn't a bit more responsive. We prefer the one that comes with the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, or the Apple Pencil which goes with the iPad Pro.

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The Vaio Z Canvas is one powerful tablet

Here's what the keyboard cover looks like on top of the screen. It attached magnetically.

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These two pins charge the keyboard cover while it's attached. You can also charge it with a Micro-USB cable.

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Plenty of ports for docking, including an Ethernet jack for networking and a pair of 4K video outputs.

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A closer look at the stylus.

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Three fans spin inside the Vaio's frame. They're each intelligently designed to cancel out the noise from one another.

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Here's the power button and volume rocker on the upper-right corner of the frame, as well as a dedicated button to turn off the touchscreen. The stylus will still work if you do.

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Another dedicated button pulls up a menu filled with customizable touchscreen shortcuts. You can cut, copy, paste, etc., without needing a keyboard.

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The full-size, full depth SD card slot will come in handy for photographers.

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Here's how thick the Vaio is with the keyboard cover attached.

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One last shot of the Vaio Z Canvas.

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