- 10-18-2012, 12:04 PM #1
With sales beginning in eight days, I was wondering if anyone else is jumping in on the ground floor. I got myself a Sony VAIO Duo 11, Ivy Bridge i3, 128 gb ssd, 4 gb ram, 1080p 11.6" IPS screen, gorilla glass, n-trig digitizer stylus, sliding backlit keyboard. I'm psyched :)
I'm curious whether x86 tablets will really take off, or whether they'll fizzle like the tablet PCs of 2002 did.
10-18-2012, 12:21 PM #3
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Personally I am waiting on the Surface Pro. I have the Samsung Series 7 Slate which works great already so I am not in a hurry.
I really want an ARM device for testing apps but so far they are just too expensive for that purpose. Will have to rely on reviews haha :D
- 10-18-2012, 12:59 PM #5
I preordered a surface. After looking through all the upcoming X86 devices, I felt like they all had compromises for what I want out of a device with an x86 processor. I have high hopes for AMD and Intels next gen processors though. I just felt like the i3-i5 was to power hungry, and the Atom was still a bit to underpowered.
I just really personally feel like processing speed vs. power consumption isn't right for me personally this generation. I do expect that to change soon though.
- 10-18-2012, 01:04 PM #6
The cheapest Ivy Bridge tablet is the Acer Iconia W700, which gives you a 1080p IPS screen for only $799. But I like Sony a lot more than Acer. And the Duo 11 is a slider convertible, not a slate.
A detachable slice battery is available from Sony that doubles those numbers (and also includes a pen silo, a surprising ommission from a digitizer-stylus-equipped model), though the slice battery adds something like $125 to the price and a bit of thickness and weight. You can charge the slice battery independently when it's not attached to the machine, and then pop it on fully charged, so that gives some versatility to people who never want to be stuck at a desk for long.
- 10-18-2012, 01:08 PM #7
10-18-2012, 01:22 PM #8
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I'm for one am a Sony geek having had TVs, DVD players, Playstation 2, car head units, laptops and a PC... so it was only natural to look at Duo11 and its quite tempting. When I compare the Duo to the Surface (.71 vs .53in thick) and weight (2.87 vs 2lbs) they seem neck in neck. The Surface just looks awesome, Touch cover has it one leg up, but then Sony offers recycle on old hardware and special financing which gives Sony a leg up. I just don't know what I'm going to do...
- 10-18-2012, 04:56 PM #12
After they announced their RT and Taichi tablet, not even mentioning Transformer Book i thought i would need to wait till next year. Large retailer here told me that they would have the 11" model possibly on the W8 launch.
Another option i have been thinking is Acer Iconia W700 costing 699 euros for the base model. By far cheapest core tablet out there.
- 10-18-2012, 06:07 PM #13
(And I don't trust Acer, but that's another issue entirely).
- 10-18-2012, 08:16 PM #15
- 10-19-2012, 12:13 PM #16
Apart from the extra cost I think an i5 device works out better, for those times when connected to the mains and doing decoding or similar tasks. Wont be any battery savings with the i3 since they both downclock the same amount (may even be better with the slightly slower i5) so I would prefer having the extra power when needed with the i5.
What do you think?
- 10-19-2012, 12:50 PM #17
When it comes to battery life there's also the point of i5 on that turbo mode possibly not "locking" and doing the task faster. Possibly even saving battery life. Granted battery life will likely still be better or around same on i3 as on i5. point still being the difference might be very small there.
What i have decided is that i have to wait for first core tablet reviews. Just too much unknown for now for a device i will be throwing 1000-1200 euros.
- 10-19-2012, 12:56 PM #18
Lets hope the reviews arent all focused on comparing these type of devices to the ipad, as they will easily find ways to make them sound worse than they are. And if youre in Europe you have much better return policies so you could always get one and return it if it doesnt work out, I presume.
10-20-2012, 01:50 AM #19
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Amazon.com: Acer Iconia W700-6607 11.6-Inch Tablet (Silver): Computers & Accessories
and yes the dock (cradle) and bluetooth keyboard are included.
others versions i5, 64gb for $849
i5 128gb for $949
- 10-22-2012, 12:33 PM #22
the deal killer with the W700 is no SD slot of any kind. I was just about ready to pull the trigger on one of these and this stopped me in my tracks. Now I'm back to getting a Surface RT and keeping my desktop, or waiting for a SurfPro to replace my desktop next year.
- 10-22-2012, 08:54 PM #23
I ordered the Acer Iconia W700-6465. Amazon has it $50 cheaper than Newegg. I'm thinking it's a price mistake so we'll see what happens. I also order the Surface.
I did not realize this tablet didn't have an SD card slot. I guess I'll need a usb solution to download photos on it.
10-22-2012, 11:30 PM #24
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