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Previous deal dead for a long time. This one now is just 3 bucks more expensive but with no tax charge I think.
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#3
Good deal on a quad core tablet. Like mentioned, this is the same price Microsoft had during their crazy sale, but no taxes with this deal for most people. It's usually been hovering around $1139 or so on Amazon, so $999 is the lowest I've seen it. I actually ordered this a week ago because of that, from this seller, and if arrived quickly and works great.
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Good deal on a quad core tablet. Like mentioned, this is the same price Microsoft had during their crazy sale, but no taxes with this deal for most people. It's usually been hovering around $1139 or so on Amazon, so $999 is the lowest I've seen it. I actually ordered this a week ago because of that, from this seller, and if arrived quickly and works great.

any insight on this unit vs Surface Pro 4??
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Dafuq?
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I wish they have this laptop in 13.3".
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Pretty cool alternative to SP4
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any insight on this unit vs Surface Pro 4??
I have a SP3 and have only played with this Sony in the store, but it's hard to say. Internally, they're similiar, but I just like the SP4 overall with the better kickstand and magnetic attachment for the pen. The Sony is a very well made tablet and the keyboard is nice, but unless you just don't want the Surface or are a fan of Sony, I'd pick SP4. Sorry, it's not much help. I just think you'd be happier with the SP4 at the end of the day.
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any insight on this unit vs Surface Pro 4??
Depends on the work you plan to do and how portable you need this to be.

Off the top of my head:

Weight and size, and ports:
The Vaio is heavier and a bit thicker to handle the quad core CPU, especially with the keyboard. Though, it offers several more ports, from two USB, display port, full size/full depth SD card slot, and even a collapsible Ethernet port. The SP4 will be more portable on the go, but only one USB port and the SD card will stick out. Note, the SP4 does have a hidden micro SD card slot behind the kickstand. The Vaio is likely around a pound more in weight, at 3.34 lbs with keyboard, if I recall it right. Still within an ultra book range, but faster than even the top Surface Book, in terms of CPU multi-core processing.

CPU
Here's the main difference. The SP4 and Book CPUs are dual core only. The Canvas has an older i7, but it's quad core, so depending on the software, it will be twice as fast and usually more responsive all around. You'll be hard pressed to find a tablet 2in1 with a quad core. If you only plan to do basic office work, you'll likely not see much the benefits of a quad core. Though, for video, Photoshop, the Canvas will feel closer to a desktop than a tablet.

Display:
The SP4 will have a brighter and more evenly lit display. The Canvas is slightly dimmer and has some bleed at the top and bottom, plus a darker spot on the right middle. The trade off for this is an amazing 95% Adobe RGB color, very accurate for professional work, plus it looks stunning with the range it can do.

Noise and Heat:
I don't have much experience with the SP4 to truly compare, except I hear they are much better than the SP3. The Vaio, despite the quad core CPU, never makes much sound during normal tasks, and when pushed, never gets loud enough to be annoying, just some whooshing. People say it never gets too hot, usually just warm. Though, any device will get hot if you use it at the same time charging from a low battery. It has 3 fans that are designed to help cancel each other's noise. To me, it's very acceptable compared to how loud a MacBook Pro i7 quad, SP3, and Cintiq Companion become under load.

Keyboard:
The Canvas comes with a large keyboard that is detached from the tablet, no hinge. It has wrist rest areas and a just ok trackpad. The keys are ok. The back of the keyboard will flex some. It has a 3 mode power switch. Off, on with trackpad, on with trackpad off. It uses RF or something, not Bluetooth, so it's usually more reliable . It can be charged with a USB cable, but usually it's charging anytime you magnetically attach it to the front of the Canvas. The SP4, you have to buy their keyboard separate, and only works while it's attached. With the Canvas, it can be placed to the side and still usable while you work with the pen. Very useful for artists. The canvas keyboard could use better rubber feet.

Stand:
No, these don't have supernatural powers that form an avatar to help you fight, not that kind of Stand. The Canvas and SP4 have different takes that will suit people differently. The SP4's kickstand is the full width of the device, making it more stable on a lap. Though, on a desk, if you plan to rest your hand while using the pen, the weight usually causes the SP4 to sink flat. The Canvas, has a narrow stand that's great for a desks, plus strong resistance. It's got a unique weight balance where it takes force to push it down and close, but a feather like touch to raise up. It can support resting your hand at any angle within reason. Also, plenty rubber feet to keep it stationary.

Extra Buttons:
The Canvas has two buttons on top corners. One disables touch. The other opens a side panel with configurable shortcut keys for when you keyboard is not around. This button strip will also work with touch even if you have touch disabled. So you can continue to use the pen and use your other hand for this panel. This panel also has quick access to 3 pen modes, warm and cool color temps, fan modes, and Vaio tools.

Signature Edition:
All Canvas units are Signature Edition, so pretty much a clean install besides Vaio's helpful software.

Pens:
Both are N-Trig and 1024 levels of pressure. The Vaio has two side buttons, SP4 only has one, but has an eraser which is also a button. You can use the SP4 pen on the Vaio. The Vaio pen also includes an optional rubber grip. As far as attaching the pen, they have magnetic options on the side, but the Vaio is mostly for when stationary and not being moved, as it can fall off. They do give you a clip that can be attached to hold the pen when moving, but could still nocked off in a bag, which I assume can also happen with the SP4.

Graphics:
The Vaio features Iris Pro graphics, so on the very high end of integrated GPUs, so you'd probably have to have the top SP4 for something comparable.

SSD:
These are probably comparable between the two. The 256gb Vaio is an SSD with the usual 500mb read and write, but don't hold me to that. If you get a 512gb Vaio, it becomes a PCIe based SSD, which would get you double the speed. The 1TB version is actually two 512gb, which can not run in raid, so you'll see them as separate drives.

Battery:
SP4 is going to win here due to the newer dual core. Though, for general use, the Vaio may last 6 hours, but much less if you really push that quad core. I purchased some Sony brand Vaio AC adapters for about $22 each on eBay that work with the Vaio, so now I have a few around for convenience.

Desktop Replacement:
Besides no discrete GPU, this can be a desktop replacement. I think, but double check, it supports 4K. Though, if you plan to use this as an actual portable desktop replacement, your main machine, get the 16gb ram version with the 512gb storage that is twice as fast.


Basically:
Need a powerful CPU based 2in1 laptop that's still portable with plenty of ports and accurate display, Vaio Canvas is great, especially for artists and the trending price. Don't need the power of a quad core, and prefer better portability with lower weight and longer battery, the SP4 is great. You'll likely pay more for an SP4 with similar i7 based CPU with 8gb/256gb.
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I wish they have this laptop in 13.3".
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I wish they have this laptop in 13.3".
13 is too small. 15inch in size of 13 is the best. Just like xps 15.
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any insight on this unit vs Surface Pro 4??
One thing to consider is the batteries. They are not replaceable on these type of machines. Sony batteries last forever. I'm still on my original factory battery on my 7 year old Sony laptop. It still is in "good" condition. I run it down and recharge a couple of times a day. So it has thousands of cycles on it. Many batteries from most companies crap out in the hundreds, maybe 1000 at most. On my other laptops, I have to replace the battery every year or two.
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many thanks! i might have to hold on for either to drop to 800 (8gb)
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seriously considering the base model, since it has everything I've been looking for in an SP4 (i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD) for about $500 less.

I curretnyl use a 6 yr old VAIO Z 13.3 for work, with an i5/4GB/128GB and switchable graphics, and love that machine. Just needs more RAM.

Does the 3-year Accidental Damage Protection from Square Trade for $175.16 make sense? I typically don't buy add on warranties; just asking if this is fragile like the iPad and needs some extra insurance for when i do drop it.
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FYI Vaio is no longer owned by Sony. So all Sony lovers keep that in mind when considering this laptop
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Is the Ram user accessible and can be upgraded?
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