Sony Vaio Tap 20

The Good By slapping a battery inside a 20-inch touch-screen all-in-one to make the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the company has given birth to a new PC category with great potential in tech-savvy homes.

The Bad The touch screen has some frustrating drag, and Sony made a few missteps among some otherwise reasonable sacrifices for portability and price.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Crazy enough to work

What, you thought desktops were immune from the tabletization sweeping over Windows 8 laptops?

You could reasonably feel skeptical about the Sony Vaio Tap 20. For a 20-inch all-in-one touch-screen desktop with no optical drive and a low-voltage Core i5 chip, $999 seems like a lot to ask. But thanks to a built-in battery and a semiportable design, the Tap 20 might be the most unique Windows 8-launch PC.

The appeal of this desktop-tablet hybrid is that it addresses a problem that has nagged all-in-one makers for years. Often pitched as a kitchen PC, a secondary home entertainment center, or some kind of family organizational kiosk, the all-in-one has always fallen short of its ambition to elevate the humble desktop PC. A tablet or a laptop can do all of those things, often at a lower price, and more conveniently due to their smaller size. Those mobile devices also don't require a power cable.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $999
  • Brand Sony
  • Type 3rd Gen Core i5
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 8
  • Capacity 750 GB
  • Diagonal Size 20 in
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