Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip: convertible ultrabook-topper




Introduction: something different

Since the introduction of Intel’s ultrabook Sony has quite a bit thin and fast laptops released, but with convertible ultrabooks, the manufacturer was still cautious. Only the Vaio Duo 11 and 13 Sony had until recently in sales, but now this has changed. At the IFA fair Sony announced two convertible ultrabooks to. The manufacturer came up with the Vaio Fit 11-tablet with detachable keyboard and the Vaio Fit multi-flip, an ultrabook with a peculiar hinge, which can be folded down the screen.

The multi-flip comes in several sizes of 13.3 “to 15.5”. We have focused on those two extremes and of course focuses on the striking screen structure. In addition, we wondered whether the new convertible will be able to keep themselves standing between competing convertible ultrabooks, which like the Vaio Fit mult-flip in a device trying to unite. Functionality of a laptop and tablet

Screen Construction: the ideal trick?

Sony’s multi-flip construction is new to the company. The Japanese company previously experimented with sliders in the Vaio Duo series. The multi-screen, flip all the benefits of a ‘normal’ laptop offer, without compromising ease of use of the laptop, which is still disappointing us with the Vaio Duo.

The joke of this convertible is that he does not look like a convertible in the first place. The laptop folds in a normal way open and after opening appear just a keyboard and a normal touchpad, the places where you’d expect. Only a small slide under the Windows key in the edge of the screen reveals that this is not an ordinary ultrabook. When the shutter ‘lock’ to ‘release’ slid the screen can be flipped.

Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip

In fact there are two hinges: one at the bottom – as we are used to a notebook – and one half of the screen, so you can flip it. That flip is the first time a bit weird, because it seems you feel like you are breaks in the screen. Fortunately it in a sense, because the strength of the screen is called the mustache. The screen is held by magnets, both in laptop and in tablet mode, firmly in place. Once unclipped the screen, then turns it very easy for its horizontal axis. The screen can not be positioned in different positions, such as the Acer and Samsung R7 Ativ Q, which have similar structures. It is therefore a matter of flipping or not.

Compared to the competition, Sony’s multi-flip screen at least one step ahead. The R7 and Ativ Q indeed offer more features, but for that you also make concessions. For Acer Aspire R7, the touchpad is placed behind the keyboard to the ‘donkey’ mode – in which the screen is floating above the keyboard – as possible and that was the gebruikgsgemak obviously not good. Also Samsung Ativ Q can be put in the same as the R7 ass mode, but that there remains no room for a touchpad. The Fit multi-flip, you can not position the screen above the keyboard, but because the laptop is a lot better than “ordinary” laptop.

And the rest of the laptop feels sturdy. The housing is made largely of aluminum, while the bottom of the laptop made of plastic. The keyboard has a decent attack, though the keys in our opinion may be. Somewhat deeper pressed The touchpad has a smooth surface and offers little resistance to our sweeping movements.

Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip

The greatest asset of the 13.3 “model is the weight of only 1.2 kilograms. This low weight makes pretty good use of the laptop as a tablet. Combined with the folding system that the screen almost flat on the laptop folds, the tablet is well in hand. This remains a job for two hands, because 13.3 “is on the large side for a tablet, but its kind this seems one of the best convertible tablets we’ve held. The 14 “- and 15,5” – models, because of their size and weight, a bit less suitable to be used as a tablet.
Screen: ‘About Full HD’ to 15.5 inches

Sony will many people have done with the installation of standard Full HD panels in both the 13.3 a pleasure. “- And 14” models like the 15.5 “model of the Vaio multi-flip For those who have not is enough, Sony – in some countries – provide 15.5 “model with a screen resolution of 2880×1620 pixels, which Sony calls” About Full HD ‘. That equates to a density of 213 ppi and means that on a normal use distance hardly distinguish individual pixels. Press your nose at all on the screen, then they are visible, but in normal use, the user is treated to a razor-sharp image. In addition, see the color reproduction and viewing angles of the IPS panel to the eye also good.

Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip

A disadvantage of such a high resolution is that the video chip must work to drive. Harder all those pixels In the short time we were able to try the 15.5 “multi-flip it was not possible for the laptop to put out the fire. Really the shins While using various Windows apps HD4400 IGP-deletes all images in any case fluent display. A graphics card in the form of Nvidia’s GT 735m can be supplied, but that, like the high resolution, not reserved for all markets. Asked whether the options in the Netherlands become available, could Sony give no answer.

The pixel density of full-HD panels 13,3 “- and 14” multi-flips is not as high as that of the About Full HD panel, but it’s definitely not a punishment to work on both laptops . Also in this ultrabooks ensures the ips panel ensure that no noticeable discoloration at varying angles, and the screen brightness seems to be sufficient, though that assessment somewhat difficult to make on a trading floor.
Preliminary conclusion: the best convertible?

Building a convertible ultrabook is always compromises. That starts with the screen diagonal, where a 10 “tablet today is already quite large, starting most ultrabooks at 13.3”. An ideal screen size for both tablet and laptop is so hard to find, and then there at that screen a housing to be built around.

At Sony’s slider, the Vaio Duo, which was focused mainly on the tablet and fell against the use in laptop mode. The Fit multi-flip Sony has a good balance between laptop and tablet found. The larger versions of the multi-flip will probably not be commonly used in tablet mode, because, along with the weight, so does the thickness of the devices, which results in an unmanageable 14 “-, or 15.5” tablet. Also about the ‘presentation mode’, where the screen is turned away from the user, we have our reservations. It’s nice that it’s there, but in practice we wonder whether it will be used. Much

That Sony can turn a handsome convertible, together with the Fit multi-flip or proven, but it’s also fine if the thing a bit affordable. In the case of the 14 “variant that have succeeded for 800 euro goes the laptop -. Available only in Sony’s online store – over the counter. When asked what configuration you get exactly, should Sony keep us an answer view. the large price difference with his big brother and little it’s probably slower hardware than in the other two models.

The 13.3 “- and 15.5” models have at least a Haswell-cpu, but are considerably more expensive. The simplest 15.5 “version will in fact going to cost, while 13.3 1200 euro” version with Core i5 processor costs 1300 euro should go. For a Core i7 processor in the 13.3 “version must be filed another hundred euros. Additional

And with the price probably the biggest downside to this laptop. Admittedly, 800 euros for the 14-inch version, given the competition, a competitive price, but the most interesting screen size and weight, and the best specs, can be found on the 13.3 “multi-flip. The difference of 500 with cheap multi-flip is very large. Regarding the price and configuration, however, it is all in all perhaps the best combination of laptop and tablet that we have so far encountered.

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