I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best convertible PCs are the ones where the “convertible” feature doesn’t get in the way. If the big, weird hinge that your laptop uses to turn into a chubby tablet gets in the way of it being a laptop, we’re going to have problems. Sony’s original convertible, the Vaio Duo 11, was one of the more awkward ones. It had a relatively thin profile, but its hinge mechanism took up a lot of space and made the keyboard feel cramped (and there wasn’t room for a touchpad at all). At this week’s IFA, Sony announced two more convertible PCs, and they show how far the concept has come since the first designs came out last year. The Vaio Flip laptops can turn into tablets, but they focus first and foremost on being good laptops. The Vaio Tap 11, on the other hand, is a Haswell-equipped Surface Pro competitor that can be used as a laptop, but it doesn’t let that functionality make the device big or bulky. We spent some hands-on time with both devices last week, and our initial impressions are pretty good. Laptop first: The Vaio Flip PCs… Read full this story
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