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...
Conclusion: That said, this is a unique product, and a well-executed one for what it is. (And in case you thought Sony wasn't serious about buyers taking this tablet around, the company is offering a $59.99 carry case for it, to be available in December.) If you're strapped for space for your desktop, like the design and semi-portability, and want bragging rights to one of the world's biggest "true" tablets (so far, anyway!
Pros: PC converts into giant tabletop tablet, Good complementary apps, Excellent-quality screen, Handsome, minimalist design, User-replaceable battery
Cons: Small screen for an AIO at this price, Just two USB ports
Summary: From a purely technical standpoint, the Sony VAIO Tap 20 doesn't deliver the performance we'd expect for a $1,000 PC. The real value of the Tap 20, however, lies in its 10-point touch screen, integrated battery and family-friendly applications. This device really shows off Windows 8's true potential.
Pros: Attractive design with fold-back display, Integrated battery enables portability, Responsive touch screen with wide viewing angles, Good selection of family-friendly apps
Cons: Integrated graphics, Display has fairly low 1600 x 900 resolution, Grainy webcam, Limited port selection
Conclusion: The Sony Vaio Tap 20 is difficult to recommend. It has a large screen and some claim to in-house portability, but when it weighs as much as a desktop PC, the equation doesn’t quite fit. Especially when the screen has fewer pixels than some 10-inch tablets that cost less than half the price. And if you want a pure at-home PC, the Tap 20 seems pricey.
Summary: This diminuitive 20in Sony is a bit of a wild card. Is it a desktop? Is it a giant tablet? Is it, perhaps, both? That’s what Sony is going for with the Tap 20. It’s a PC with a 20in screen and a fold-away stand, allowing it to either be a standard desktop – or a knee-strainingly bulky slate.
Excerpt: The touch-screen controls of Windows 8 have given rise to a new breed of hybrid mobile device that tries to function as both a laptop and a tablet. However, Sony has gone to the opposite extreme with the new Sony VAIO Tap 20 – it’s a giant 20in tablet that can also be used as a desktop PC . See: more tablet reviews .
Excerpt: With Windows 8's touch-capable interface now fully launched it was inevitable that we'd see all manner of touchscreen devices appear, from the obvious to the more unusual. The Sony Vaio Tap 20 is one that's knocking firmly on the latter door.
Pros: Clever adjustable stand, screen looks good throughout various viewing angles, responsive to touch, battery could save from power outages, interesting new category
Cons: Not a Full HD screen, it's heavy, battery won't last out that long, not powerful enough to be considered a pro desktop, should be slimmer