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We go hands on with the Sony VAIO Tap 20 - and it's a beauty

Sony VAIO Tap 20

We showed you yesterday our hands on video with the new VAIO Duo 11 from Sony and at that same event I was lucky enough to get to use the big brother of the Duo - the VAIO Tap 20 which was announced at IFA in Berlin last month. At first glance this thing just looks like a big PC with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but it has some secrets up it sleeve. With a built in battery, allowing for three hours of power, the Tap 20 can be picked up and taken wherever you like.

So effectively you could be working at your desk and decide to go and have a bath with the VAIO Tap 20 as company. I'm not sure I would recommend that option but it's up to you.

With an adjustable kickstand on the rear of the unit, positioning the device can be adjusted to suit your needs - or just lay it flat and have a HUGE tablet! The 20 inch panel offers crisp, clear images and a wide angle of view, as well as an HD web camera (maybe the bath isn't such a good option!)

Running Windows 8 the Tap 20 is quite a glorious desktop option whether for at work or at home. NFC is supported out-the-box, and the PC will sport an Intel i7, i5 or i3 processor, maximum of 8GB RAM, 750GB or 1TB HDD, USB 3.0, SD card slot, HD webcam and Intel HD 4000 graphics. Sounds almost too good to be true. I dread to think what the price will be.

Hands up who wants one? Let us know please in the comments.

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We go hands on with the Sony VAIO Tap 20 - and it's a beauty

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Hey guys, how come I don't see much love for W8 &WP8 on the internet? People always say how they are gonna fail and nobody wants a WP... Also, Google News, under the technology section, the articles are mostly about Apple. Have you guys noticed? And they bash on Windows quite a bit.

I know what you mean. Out of 20 articles in Technology section at least 6-7 about Apple. But lately I have seen a lot of Microsoft related news as we are nearing W8 and WP8 launch

I saw a week ago on the newsstand here in Sweden, on the frontpage in a large PC mag "- 8 reasons why Windows 8 will fail" :-/

Half of them are click bait and the other half are fanboys of competing products that want to see Microsoft fail. In case you haven't noticed, Google is trying very hard to "become" Microsoft.

I was a heavy Gizmodo reader until I got my preordered Lumia 900 back in April. Within a couple of weeks, I noticed the lack of WP7 related news on there, so wpcentral became my #1 site and has been since.

Sony tends to charge more for their stuff than most others, whether or not the higher price actually buys more usuable features.

Yeah, a lil bit. I think things will get better once they officially launch their new lineage of products. Its too bad when they announce a cool WP8 but with no specific date of launch nor prices whatsoever. The surface looks badass, Im planning on getting one. If im planning to get a laptop later, it has to have a Nvidia GPU for my gaming routines :P xD

It's a nice form factor and would look really nice on the desks here in our office. Although we have wireless, it would be nice to know if they have a traditional ethernet port as wireless sometimes go down

So was it or wasn't the Tap 20 connected to the Internet? I know they couldn't load wpcentral.com, but when the guy went to the list of WiFi connections, it said it was connected. Maybe connected to a WiFi spot that had no gateway? Weird.
 
The Tap 20 looks pretty cool, but man, it's a beast of a machine. Also, I know it's not meant to replace a laptop or anything, but those 3 hours of battery life will dwindle down to 1 hour max in about a year of ownership.

That's a supposed to be an all-in-one desktops and traditional desktops don't come with inbuilt batteries so the 3hrs of battery life in the Tap 20 is kind of a backup power

I was more impressed with the rep showing off the tablet actually new his way around the OS. Was he a Sony or Microsoft rep? It looked natural as he used the Tap 20 and he didn't fumble. Too many times you see demonstrations and the rep doesn't have a clue. Bravo if he was a Sony rep.

Me too. It was nice to see someone who actually knew what they were doing. He even explained more than necessary to show off the OS.