Comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Sony VAIO Tap 11

Not long ago when all that’s available are desktop computers with CRT monitors and huge tower CPU, then comes the laptop computers with all sort of thicknesses and sizes. Today it is the era of portable devices and tablets. The performance of a laptop computer that’s as portable as tablets.

I’m looking for a tablet that is close to the capability of a full-size laptop computer that can run AutoCAD drafting software as well as MS Office. Obviously, the operating system cannot be Google Android or Windows RT. It has to be Windows 7/8 or other similar platform. So I pick these three devices to compare and see which one emerges at the top.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

I have a Surface so I can tell from the sleek design that it is a really good portable device with precise and fast touch technology. Surface Pro 2 brings more power to the user with its 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, at least 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage capacity. The 10.6” full HD durable display is a 10-point multi-touch with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Battery can last up to 7 hours when in use and 1-2 weeks when idle. Connectivity is not a problem because it’s equipped with dual-frequency wireless adapter and Bluetooth 4.0. Ports you need for peripherals or accessories for easy file sharing includes USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort, and microSD slot. The two-stage kickstand provides perfect angle when working from your desk or on your lap. There are two cameras with 720hp resolution, one in front and the other rear-facing. The Surface Pro Pen (included) works like a charm while the Typing Covers (sold separately) which is a magnetically snap-into-place keyboard that functions as protective cover as well. What more can you ask for?

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Sony VAIO Tap 11

Sony boasts the world’s thinnest full Windows 8 tablet PC with 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and at least 128GB SSD capacity. It is also available in even faster Core i7 processor but I am not sure if it is in stock as of this writing. Both are utilizing 64-bit Windows 8 though, which has better performance. The display is 11.6” full HD LED backlight technology with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Battery life is a bit sacrifice as it last about 5 hours only. Dual band wireless adapter and Bluetooth connectivity comes as standard. Aside from the USB 3.0, microSD slot, and headphone/microphone, VAIO Tap 11 has micro HDMI output port. The wireless Bluetooth keyboard can be charged via the small three-pin connector on the tablet. It is not physically connected with the tablet while in use so that could present some issues. The narrow kickstand, although it has multiple angle makes it impossible to put the tablet on your lap.

Comparison Table

 
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Sony VAIO Tap 11
Dimension / Weight
10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 in / 2lbs
12.00 x 0.39 x 7.40 in / 1.7lbs
Operating System
32-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
64-bit Windows 8.1
Processor
4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
Memory
4GB : 8GB
4GB
Storage Capacity
64/128GB : 256/512GB
128GB
Display
10.6" Full HD, 1920 x 1080, 16:9 (widescreen), 10-point multi-touch
10.6" Full HD, 1920 x 1080
Battery Life
7-15 days idle, 7 hours rundown
4 hours rundown
Wireless Connectivity
(2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
(2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
ver 4.0 Low Energy technology
standard 4.0
Ports
USB 3.0, microSD slot, Headset jack, Mini-DisplayPort, Cover port
USB 3.0, microSD slot, Headset jack, micro HDMI,keyboard port
Camera
720p HD, front and rear-facing
2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
Price
$899 - $ 1,799
$1,099 (i5) - $1,799 (i7)

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