Sony Tap 20
The Tap 20 is simultaneously a gigantic tablet and a (semi-)portable all-in-one PC. The 20-inch screen weighs 11.5 pounds and has a battery that lasts 3 hours.
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Sony new line of Windows 8 Vaio PCs predictably includes all-in-ones, notebooks and hybrids, but the scene-stealer was easily the Tap 20, which is either the biggest tablet ever made or one of the world's only portable all-in-ones.
The Tap 20 looks very sleek. The 20-inch touch-screen PC is equipped with a stand that lets the screen sit at almost any angle -- from straight up to flat. With its wireless keyboard and mouse, it looks just like an all-in-one (though it lacks an optical disc drive), and that's just how Sony expects people to use it most of the time.
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It has a secret, though: a built-in battery that lets you move the Tap 20 from desktop to countertop. It's heavy -- about 11.5 pounds -- but the idea is you'll take the machine from place to place within the home rather than carry it with you on your commute (though you could theoretically do that, too). Battery life is rated at about three hours.
Gargantuan tablets such as the Tap 20 and Toshiba's Excite 13 make possible another use case: the tablet as a game board. While it remains to be seen whether people will use tablets collectively in this way, Sony's getting it feet wet with its My Daily Clip app, which is preloaded on the Tap.
Unfortunately the app looks more like an exercise in branding, since it just serves up clips of Sony movies with associated trivia. But more apps will surely come to address this potential market (you listening, Parker Brothers?).
In case there was any doubt, the Tap 20 is a full Windows 8 PC, powered by a third-gen Intel Core processor (i3/i5/i7). You can configure it up to 8GB of RAM, with either a solid-state drive (up to 512GB) or a hard disk (up to 750GB).
The screen is 1,600 x 900, which is south of full HD, though the video playback engine is powered by Sony Bravia picture-quality tech, for whatever that's worth. The Tap 20 starts at $879 and goes all the way up to the $2,500 range when it's fully tricked out.
How do you like the the Tap 20? Think it or something like it might have a place in your home? Share your impressions in the comments.
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