Sony announces Windows 8.1 VAIO Fit 11A Flip PC notebook

Sony and Microsoft might be rivals on the game console front, but Sony still makes a number of Windows PCs under its VAIO brand. As part of its CES 2014 product lineup, Sony announced a new edition to its VAIO Fit notebook lineup, the Fit 11A Flip PC.

A Microsoft blog post announcing the VAIO Fit 11A Flip states that the 11-inch touchscreen notebook will weigh just 2.82 pounds and will come with the VAIO Active Pen stylus. The notebook is clearly being marketing for the graphics artist and designer crowd who would like a small notebook but also want the freedom to use art-based software with the stylus. The notebook will even come with Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, which is normally priced at $99, already installed at no additional charge.

As with many recent Windows 8 devices, the VAIO Fit 11A Flip can also switch from regular notebook to tablet form factor. It has an unspecified Intel quad-core processor and up to 128GB of SSD storage. The notebook will be released in late February with a starting price of $799.

Sony will also update a number of its other VAIO products with Windows 8.1 and Photoshop Elements 12 this year, and its VAIO Pro 11 and 13, VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Tap 21 models will be upgraded with 802.11ac Wi-Fi hardware.

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The Flip has a major issue with fan being constantly on and making too much noise. I am not aware of SONY has solved it or not.

james.faction said,
Youtube video of how it works... I thought it was like a Yoga but no, it's a little more complicated - but leaves the keyboard safely covered up in tablet mode. And is pretty easy to transform even if you're only using one hand Nice! I want.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eXhCZHPIPo

Have to say that's a pretty nice piece of kit

Mr. Hand said,
Is that just the light or does it lack trackpad buttons? If it does, that's a big fail.

I have to say I would have felt the same until I got my MacBook Air. The multi-touch track pad is just a (to me at least) billion times better than having separate buttons on the track pad. Just one finger 'click' for left click, and two fingers for right click. You get used to it immediately, and it works brilliantly. And I'm sure that the same system would work brilliantly on Windows 8.1

Every time I go back to using a traditional trackpad with separate buttons, it feels like a chore.

That's the problem, though. All PC trackpads I've used are crap compared to the Apple ones. I'm a PC fan even though I have a MBP. I'm just not a fanboy of Apply products, but the trackpad is one thing that they definitely got right.

I think they all suck. It makes the trackpad basically unusable especially when you're using remote applications that need a lot of left/right/middle clicking. The only thing worse was the thinkpad pointing stick.

Mr. Hand said,
I think they all suck. It makes the trackpad basically unusable especially when you're using remote applications that need a lot of left/right/middle clicking. The only thing worse was the thinkpad pointing stick.

The TrackPoint is the best thing ever. The Mac problem is that it was not designed originally to have a right click anyways

If anyone wonders why they're called Flip and how you transform them into a tablet, it's well worth a Google. Very smart system!