Saturday, 13 October 2012

Windows 8 tablet: Sony Vaio Tap 20 Declare

Here's your 20" Windows 8 tablet: Sony Vaio Tap 20:-
Imagine if you took a desktop all-in-one PC and slapped a battery inside its chassis. That's essentially the Vaio Tap 20. It has a 20-inch screen (1600x900) with 10-point multi-touch recognition and it has a built-in stand which allows it to be propped up and used as a traditional all-in-one PC when not being used as a pseudo-laptop-tablet thingy
Sony Vaio Tap 20 :-foreword
The Sony Vaio Tap 20 PC is said to come with a bright, responsive 10-point multi-touch 
screen that boasts of engaging interactive applications, family computing options and being able to deliver new experiences in terms of mobile productivity. Steven Nickel , VP, Sony VAIO, said, “VAIO Tap 20 is creating a new category of PCs by combining desktop PC functionality, battery-powered mobility, and multi-angle viewing.This along with the innovative VAIO Duo 11 and the intuitive touch solutions incorporated across our existing PC portfolio, offers consumers flexibility to optimize their Windows 8 experience. Through the combination of compelling applications, Sony’s network services, and cross device connectivity, VAIO is leading the way in developing a new Touchworld experience. We expect when consumers think of touch PCs, they’ll think of VAIO.”
Hardware-wise, it can be configured with an Intel Core i7-3517U, Core i5-3317U, or Core i3-3217U Processor and from 4GB to 8GB of DDR3L (1600MHz) SDRAM. Storage can be configured with either a 750GB or 1TB 5400rpm HDD. Graphics is done by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor. Communications include 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 + HS; 1000/100/10 Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, Memory Stick Duo/SD memory card slot; and most interestingly of all (at least for a desktop all-in-one) Near Field Communications support. It's also got the requisite 720p webcam for chatting with the family and/or boardroom full of disgruntled executives
Apps & Software:-

As we usually see on Sony PCs, the software bundle is extensive and, for the most part, well chosen and free of junk. The anchor of it all, of course, is the 64-bit version of Windows 8.

You do get a couple of major pieces of trialware: one of Microsoft Office 2010 (as opposed to the limited-function, but usable, ad-supported edition we’re used to) and 30 days of Kaspersky Internet Security. Beyond that, you do get a few compelling pieces. One, Family Paint, is a sketch-and-scribble app, strictly for kids, that makes decent use of the touch screen, with resizable pen, marker, and crayon tips, as well as some “stamp-on” effects. In a nice touch, Family Paint includes a “Draw Pair” mode that lets two people (two kids, say, or a parent and a child) draw on opposite pages of a virtual sketchbook. It’s a decent kids’ app well-suited for using the Tap 20 flat as a tablet.

Weight And Price:-
The whole thing weighs 11.46 pounds, so it's no handheld tablet by any stretch of the imagination. For an AIO PC, it's definitely on the lighter end of the spectrum. For example, Asus' EeeTop all-in-one weighs 15 lbs, and Dell and HP all-in-ones range from 14-21 lbs.

The Vaio Tap 20 starts at $879.99 and comes in either black or white chassis design.

Because of its unusual tablet/AIO design, the Sony VAIO Tap 20 is the first desktop PC we can recall in living memory that required us to run a battery-endurance test. We ran our standard video-rundown test on the Tap 20, continually playing an MP4 file until the fully charged machine conked out. It lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes.

We don’t have much to compare the Tap 20 against from the battery aspect, apart from Sony’s own claim of 2 hours and 45 minutes of battery life. (It’s not fair to compare this machine with Android or Apple iPad tablets, which run much lower-powered CPUs and power much smaller screens and backlights.) We suspect you can get more than 2 hours in ordinary, less intense use of the Tap 20, seeing as our video test keeps the machine cranking for its whole length. It’s something of a worst-case usage scenario. But if you genuinely need a large-screen tablet for communal play, and Android is an option, note that Toshiba does offer the Excite 13, a decent 13-inch slate.

Windows 8, with its touch-sensitive tile Start menu, is—more than any earlier version of Windows—actually leading the design of many new-generation PCs here in late 2012. Rather than the computer being a more or less stock device that runs the latest OS, we’re seeing the traditional PC makers coming around, in their own ways, to reinventing the computers they make to leverage (or, cynics may say, accommodate) the new Windows OS reality.

The traditional, straight-up AIO PC was already fairly well equipped for Windows 8, so the VAIO Tap 20 isn’t a huge departure from the AIOs we’ve known—for many, the simple way forward is “just add touch.” The addition of the tablet functionality is, for the moment, more a secondary nice-to-have than a must-have feature, but make no mistake: That, along with the touch functionality, is being built into the price of this machine. Considering its merely moderate-size (though excellent-quality) screen and pedestrian processing power, the $999 price of our test unit felt a touch on the high side, even though almost everything about the hardware itself feels polished and sturdy, and it’s backed by a one-year warranty.

Our bottom line? If you really like the Tap 20 design, and could see yourself using it in tablet mode too, we suspect the $899 base model will be the best value here. You'd have to spend upward of $1,000 to boost the performance to levels that would satisfy serious media creators, and if you're going to spend that kind of cash and need that kind of horsepower, you're probably better off spending the money on an AIO with a 23-, 24-, or even 27-inch screen. $1,000-plus is high for any 20-inch AIO.

That said, this is a unique product, and a well-executed one for what it is. (And in case you thought Sony wasn't serious about buyers taking this tablet around, the company is offering a $59.99 carry case for it, to be available in December.) If you're strapped for space for your desktop, like the design and semi-portability, and want bragging rights to one of the world's biggest "true" tablets (so far, anyway!), the VAIO Tap 20 is a pleasure to have on your desk, upright or lying down
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