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Sony Vaio Tap 11: slimmer, lighter than Surface Pro 2This Core i5 Windows 8 tablet outshines the competition, but won't sit in your lap.
-I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Sony Vaio Tap 11. This is a full Windows 8 Core i-5 tablet. It's a got a keyboard cover that comes with it that does not actually attach, just kind of sits here. You could say this is a very direct competitor to Microsoft Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2. They have pretty much the same components. They cost the same once you work in the fact that this keyboard is included and on the Microsoft Surface you have to buy the keyboard separately. The big difference between these two systems is the screen size. This is an 11 inch versus 10 inch on the Microsoft, but this is also a lot thinner and lighter especially if we consider it has a larger screen. If you look at that and then grab the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is the same size as the Surface Pro 2, it's going to be, you could see that the Sony one is definitely thinner. I can tell you, it's a little bit lighter. They both have kick stands so we're able to angle them up kind of like almost in a laptop-like way, but the Microsoft version is just much chunkier. I do like the bigger kick stand on it, however, better from lap usage. So since these two systems are so similar, it makes a lot of sense to compare the fact they both have 1920 x 1080 touchscreen displays. They both have these keyboard covers that have really pretty decent full keyboards and touchpads. In this case, it attaches with a little magnetic clasp like this just for carrying it around. When you wanna use it, you pull out the little kick stand right here, and then the keyboard just kinda sits here on its own. And because the Tap 20 is so small, you're not gonna get a lot of connectivity with it. It has one USB port. You got micro-HDMI, you got a micro-SD card slot. That's really about it. You have to plug it into, let's say, a dock extender of some kind if you wanna really plug it into, you know, you have a big keyboard and your monitor and get an external mouse going with it. But for on-the-go use, super slim, super light. I wish it worked a little bit better on the lap. If you're gonna compare this to the Surface Pro, which inevitably you will do, they do price out at about the same, I like that this is thinner and lighter but I like that the Surface Pro has a keyboard that actually attaches so it kinda stays put and the kick stand that comes out is much better for let's say putting on your lap. This works basically on a flat table-like surface and that's about it. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Sony Vaio Tap 11.