Summary: As an idea this Sony desktop-tablet hybrid isn't without its merits, but it's still far from perfection. If you always dreamt of buying a stylish, space-saving all-in-one desktop with a built-in battery, the Sony VAIO Tap 20 is worth looking into. It has great looks and design, decent hardware that performs well, and offers good multimedia potential. However, it's rather large for a tablet when it comes to personal use, and quite cumbersome to move around.
Pros: Good overall performance, Multitouch screen, NFC, Stylish looks
Cons: Screen is a fingerprint magnet, Heavy, Cumbersome to use purely as a tablet
Summary: The Sony VAIO Tap 20 is an awesome hybrid mobile device for Windows 8 that brings the touch experience to life, but an old school 5400RPM hard drive that was first released in 2010 makes the Tap 20 sluggish.
Summary: Mom, Dad and I. Sony's Vaio Tap 20 not only strikes with its exceptionally large tablet size but, unlike the rule, also sees the whole family as its target group. In order to fulfill the wishes of all family members, young and old, Sony installs strong hardware and the finger supportive Windows 8 in the 20-inch tablet. We exhaustively checked just how family-friendly this concept really is.
Pros: Idea and target group, Use, Presentation size in native resolution, Computing power (for tablet conditions), Stand, Bluetooth keyboard, Battery, hard drive and RAM are replaceable, High capacity storage device, The courageous idea, the big user-friendly screen and the very appealing system performance.
Cons: Noise during load, Power consumption, Battery runtime, Reflective screen, No product specific accessories, Weight, Tricky interfaces, No video out, Generally: More finger-optimized software that would bring considerable advantages even in "boring" applications. For the Vaio Tap 20: Particularly a non-glare screen, a longer battery runtime and a matching case or other transportation option.
Sony VAIO Tap 20 All-in-One Touchscreen Computer and Tablet Review
4 March 2013
Excerpt: When new and interesting architectures and technology are developed, it enables system designers to build creative designs and systems for consumers. With its renewed focus on power efficiency as well as performance, Intel has helped move the industry towards new form factors like the Next Unit of Computing and the evolution of the All-in-One design.
Excerpt: Windows 8 has hardware manufacturers trying out some new dance moves. We’ve seen a wave of oddball hybrid devices running Microsoft’s new touch-sensitive, power-sipping OS, most of which combine a portable tablet with a sliding or detachable keyboard. But more unique than the laptop/tablet hybrid is this contraption: the desktop/tablet hybrid. This is where Sony has turned to create the VAIO Tap 20 Mobile Desktop .
Excerpt: Windows 8 marked a major overhaul of Microsoft’s operating system, but it wasn’t just the software that got a makeover. Manufacturers also built new hardware to work with Windows 8’s touch-focused interface, including a diverse range of tablets, laptops and hybrid designs . One of the most interesting products to emerge from the group was an all-in-one PC from Sony.
Excerpt: The new VAIO Tap 20 captures everything that is quintessentially Sony while leaving your current notions of gadget “categories” in shambles. The Windows 8 device is technically positioned as an all-in-one desktop, but it’s definitely borrowed highlights from tablets. Features like an integrated battery, 20″ 1,600 x 900 touch screen, built in kickstand, ClearAudio+ and proprietary goodies like OneTouch –- a simple device pairing technology that connects Sony NFC devices...
Summary: As you might guess, this new Windows 8-based Sony all-in-one isn't your average AIO. Inside the modest exterior beats the heart of an Ultrabook, along with a ten-point multitouch screen and a built-in battery. So you can either think of the Tap 20 (also known by the sexy name SVJ20215CXW) as a smallish AIO or a really big tablet. In reality, it's a little of both.