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Product Spotlight: The Vaio Tap 20, Sony's 20-inch touch-screen all-in-one

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Product Spotlight: The Vaio Tap 20, Sony's 20-inch touch-screen all-in-one

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A compelling experiment in tablet-desktop hybridization, the Sony Vaio Tap 20 is a great fit for home tech enthusiasts willing to try something new.

-Hi, I'm Rich Brown for CNET. Today, we're gonna take an in-depth look at Sony's Vaio Tap 20 All-in-One. So, this is Sony's brand-new 20-inch all-in-one desktop designed pretty specifically for Windows 8. So, this is a touchscreen PC. Now, it's a little bit smaller than some of the all-in-ones you might have seen recently, but what's unique about the system is that it has a battery built in to it. That means you can take out the power cable. It still works and you can even drop it down and carry the system around from room to room in your house. So what that means is the system is kind of the home lifestyle PC that we've all sort of wanted, but nobody has really nailed it yet. It's small enough that you can put it on any countertop in the kitchen, put in a den, pretty much wherever you want to, but because it's portable, you don't have to put it anywhere permanently. So, it's great if you wanna, say, put up a recipe, if you wanna just browse the news at the kitchen table, if you wanna watch a movie somewhere. So, the specs of this computer are just fast enough. It comes with the low-power Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, and an integrated Intel Graphics. There's no optical drive and the 20-inch screen only has a 16 x 900 resolution screen. So, it's not a true HD screen, and in fact, it doesn't even have an HDMI input which would really make the system useful to plug in a game console or some other external video source. For its other ports, it's not bad. It has a couple USB 3 ports, an SD card slot, as well as a couple analog audio jacks. There's also an Ethernet cable over here, and of course, it does have Wi-Fi and bluetooth. It even has NFC, although we found out it was kind of a mixed bag. It wouldn't work with devices from Sony or other vendors, so that's really more of a gimmicky feature than anything else. But if you can live with web-based or local content, the system is really pretty versatile little PC. Now, it's tempting to look at this as a 20-inch tablet, and for sure, that idea seems kind of crazy. You certainly wouldn't want to take this on the subway or on the plane. You could try it, but it'd probably kind of awkward, but it's just under 12 pounds. The system is light enough that any adult can move it around from room to room, up and down stairs without too much trouble, and makes it a really pretty versatile home PC. So, I'm Rich Brown. This has been a spotlight on Sony's Vaio Tap 20 All-in-One.

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