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As an idea this Sony desktop-tablet hybrid isn't without its merits, but it's still far from perfection. If you always dreamt of buying a stylish, space-saving all-in-one desktop with a built-in battery, the Sony VAIO Tap 20 is worth looking into. It has great looks and design, decent hardware that performs well, and offers good multimedia potential. However, it's rather large for a tablet when it comes to personal use, and quite cumbersome to move around.
The Sony VAIO Tap 20 (SVJ20236SNWI) is among the first wave of all-in-one desktop / tablet hybrid device that we received which has a built-in battery to boast of. Having had the chance to review all-in-one desktops for several years now, it’s great to see all-in-one desktops finally come packed with built-in batteries. And looking at the Sony VAIO Tap 20, it’s unlike any other all-in-one desktop PC we’ve seen in the past year or so. It's not the same as the Android-powered HP Slate 21 or the ASUS AiO Transformer P1801 for that matter, making us wonder: is it a desktop or is it a tablet?
Build and design
Sony traditionally makes well-designed products that look good, and it’s the same story with this desktop tablet hybrid. The 20-inch wide frame of the Sony VAIO Tap 20 is built well, with a thin bezel and nice finish that oozes premiumness and style all around. The body is predominantly of high-grade plastic, with a foldable metal stand that props the unit up like a photo frame. Its two-toned black and white finish looks great, and when viewed from the front the Sony VAIO Tap 20 AIO resembles a giant Windows 8 tablet. It can lie completely flat on its back panel, allowing you to use and interact with its multitouch screen as large tablet PC with friends – or give you a whole new perspective on watching videos at the dinner table.
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Sony VAIO Tap 20's connectivity ports: USB 3.0, SD Card slot, headphone, mic and an Ethernet jack