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VAIO Z flip

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Product Review (submitted on June 12, 2017):
I've been using Vaio computers for over 12 years and typically upgrade on a 3 year cycle. I wait 1 year for a new model to work out the software kinks. I just bought the Vaio Z Flip having patiently waited out the year and couldn't be happier.

The first thing you notice is the build quality, clearly this is a big part of the price. Vaio Z models always were a top line construction build, so with the latest carbon fiber material, this latest is fantastic -- it feels both solid and luxurious. The physical mechanism transition between laptop to tablet to presentation panel is strong and smooth, they nailed that one, which was a must and a problem for most hybrids in the past.

I went with the i7 /256gb model. It screams is all I can say. I chose to update all of the drivers (about 10 drivers and a BIOS update) as recommended and the just released Windows 10 Creator edition is now a perfect match for this hybrid device.

The screen is bright and sharp. The keyboard is a pleasure to use as is the trackpad (there is an extra large right shift key, yeah! which has been a painful oversight on many Sony keyboards). The USB 3.0 has one charge and one super speed.

Why this model? I'm a big fan of touchscreen. I would find it very hard to go back to a non-touchscreen laptop as I often work between the two input methods. I also really like the flip presentation mode for watching movies and for presenting material.

Probably my biggest complaint is the still modest selection of Windows apps, but this is a Microsoft complaint / eco-system and not Vaio. The lack of good apps limits the time in tablet mode and I know that I will still need to use my Android tablet.

Minor feedback would be a pen clip when in laptop mode. I also miss the Vaio Control Center software that was part of previous Sony laptops. I don't need bloat, but that is a good piece of software. I also was suprised that NFC was not included in the hardware, as I do use that feature with many other devices.

This is a very well-built laptop/tablet with super specs. I'm a happy customer.