Those who thought that desktops are not affected by the trend of tablet functionality, which is rampant in the area of Windows-8-notebook, has been mistaken. One can a have device like the Sony VAIO Tap 20 which is quite skeptical, because after all, a being advised price from 999 dollars for a fitted with a 20-inch touch screen and a low-voltage Core i5 processor. All-in-One desktop computer without an optical drive is not just a little but thanks to the built-in battery and the portable design that makes the Tap 20 to prove to be one of the most unusual and potentially successful computer that will come with Windows 8 officially in the market.
The attraction of this desktop tablet is that it addresses a problem that a manufacturer of all-in-one PCs (AIO) tormented for years. Often as the universal kitchen PC, secondary home entertainment center, or a kind of multifunction tool for family organization advertised AIOs are the expectations placed in them never had justice to lift your desktop PC to a new level. Tablets and laptops can be the same as an AIO to use its compact size but comfortable and often even cheaper than an AIO. Moreover, you can not rely on these mobile devices to the next socket, which can move so freely in the home or in your home or garden.
One key to a successful hybrid of desktop and tablet is the right screen size. If the screen is too small, you can also just take a notebook. If it is too large, it affects especially in tablet mode because of negative impact on usability. The Sony VAIO Tap 20 measures 50.2 X 30.8 centimeters, and weighs about 5.2 kilograms.
One could imagine the Tap 20 as a potential rival but easily imagine with lower weight or thinner display (to see), but all in all Sony seems to have found quite a sensible balance between desktop-size, performance and tablet convenience.
The display is covered with glass, but the housing itself is made of soft plastics with rounded handle supporting recesses on the left and right side of the back. One will carry the Tap 20 rare in a backpack or in a laptop bag, but the average adult should have no problem to move the unit from room to room or from the upper to the lower floor. And although its 5.2 kg weight almost eight times the iPad weight correspond to the Tap 20 in tablet mode allows comfortable enough for extended periods use on your lap.
When you consider the tap 20 as a tablet on your lap or take flat on the coffee table, its touch is the most natural, comfortable way to interact with the device. In the general navigation and when typing simple commands, touchscreen felt the so reactive as a typical smartphone. In apps that require a continuous contact of the fingers with the touch screen (for example, certain games or drawing programs), you will feel a physical braking effect. This friction is not so bad to make things really uncomfortable, but it’s still annoying.
In desktop mode and full-out stand, Tap 20 takes the depth that nearly 18 inches of space without the included wireless mouse and keyboard combo. The port for the power cord is located on the right side of the system, the cable itself ends in an external power supply in notebook format. Who does not like clutter, there is the small power supply, but when the concept of battery-equipped all-in-one PCs spins more, it is also the idea of a wireless charging in terms of dock is not unrealistic.
If you look at the features list of the VAIO Tap 20, it is the only non-technical layman that Sony favor portability and price clearly had to bring a few sacrifices. The 20-inch display makes sense, for example, to keep the size and weight of the tap 20 at a manageable level, and the choice of fast 1.7 GHz ultra-low-voltage processor from Intel’s Core i5 family minimized compared to a stronger model heat problems and maximizes battery life. The absence of an optical drive is indeed strange, but on the other hand, this could have also helped Sony thickness of the device – and a missing optical drive is ultimately unfortunately not unusual for a Windows 8 computer.
VAIO Tap 20 have 1600 x 900 pixels screen resolution, the 750-gigabyte hard drive and the lack of an HDMI input. Sony could argue that a price below the magic 1000-dollar limit makes the Tap 20 to a more interesting alternative to tablets or laptops. The screen still provides a good enough visualization and the hard drive is large enough so they do not become real stumbling blocks. A full-HD panel and a SSD would definitely have been a fine thing and had the device significantly upgraded – but it also goes with the offered features.
The lack of HDMI inputs on the other hand really hurts. With it you could connect your Sony device with any modern video source in the house and use it as a secondary display. You can expand the video skills of Tap 20 with an optical drive, or even a TV tuner USB, also with a real HDMI input you could connect the device to a receiver, a video game or other entertainment devices – without an annoying Windows installation.
At least our test unit also seems to be a problem with his feature NFC (Near Field Communication).
We already mentioned the small external power supply of the Sony Vaio Tap 20th is one of reason for its compact size, the integration of extremely fuel-efficient ultra-low-voltage version of the Core i5 processor from Intel. A low supply voltage is generally poor performance – and the same goes for the 1.7 GHz of Intel Core i5-3317U.The Core i5 CPUs, the third generation of “normal” supply voltage clocked at 2.5 GHz. The lower supply voltage, because of the works, incidentally, the integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 with lesser performance improved, but the battery life and reduced heat loss from the VAIO Tap 20th and both are extremely important if one considers the tap 20 as mobile device.
Despite its comparatively weak CPU, Tap 20 supplies the standard Windows applications from a respectable performance. The tap 20 is even partially successful against the Windows 7-based computers compared Vizio CA21-A1 and its “normal“, more powerful Core i5 processor.
For the first time we have been declared as a desktop unit can also run in our battery test. In the video-focused benchmark the VAIO Tap 20 stands three hours and 42 minutes, so you have more than enough time alone to look at least a long movie. If you surf a little, we can look forward to a longer battery life, during gaming, 3D games. But since in concept anyway planned to tow the 20 Tap into the open field, the chance are good that you have an electrical outlet when required to charge the battery in the vicinity.
If you want to change the battery or ever have battery damage, this is not a problem. Sony planned namely foresighted enough, so to allow the user himself to raise from a plastic cover on the back and then gets immediate access to the battery compartment.
Of course, we have tested the tap with 20 games. The comparatively frugal Torchlight II runs without problems with maximum detail settings. In Borderlands 2 , and XCOM: Enemy Unknown , however, we must reduce the image quality to “Low”. Then both games are not really liquid, but are at least playable. As noted above can touch gaming in games like Air Hockey be somewhat uncomfortable because of the continuous finger contact, but for games – and other programs – with tip-operation, the touch-screen works quite well.
We are not yet sure if it’s really been a real demand for large amount of mobile touch screen PCs. But a product manager at Lenovo said that his company is working on a similar concept as the Sony VAIO Tap 20th. If so, and Lenovo introduces a similar product on the market, which would mean that Sony is not the only manufacturer that builds a hybrid of tablet and desktop PC , but sees a potentially successful achiever.
That is not to say that the VAIO Tap 20 or unattractive design would be inadequate. The rounded plastic chassis of the device from Sony charges a practically to put the device on the arm, and is robust enough to pay for the mobile use of no concern whether its stability. This computer is also fast and powerful enough for all the daily tasks so that you tap the Sony VAIO 20 can confidently recommend all those who want to experiment with a whole new class of device and its still unique mix of fixed and mobile facilities.
If this concept gets succeeded, the improvement opportunities are almost limitless. In this sense demonstrates the battery fitted, operated by touch all-in-one desktop that the PC industry still has room for interesting innovations.
Sales will start after Windows 8 presentation on 31 October – but not all over the world yet.