Sony Vaio Tap 11
The thinnest Windows 8 tablet you can get with a full Intel Core i-series CPU, the Vaio Tap 11 is something between a slate and a full hybrid like the Lenovo Yoga series. When traveling, the included keyboard magnetically attaches over the screen. But, when it's time to work, you separate the two and the tablet half sits up on a built-in kickstand. If you mainly want a tablet experience with some laptop-like abilities, this is one to check out.
The good: 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 bad: The slender kickstand and free-floating keyboard cover don't work well on laps or other uneven work spaces. Battery life could be better.
The bottom line: 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.
October 16, 2013 2:31 PM PDT
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