By Jonathan Gallegos
on 8.31.12
Photo by Sony

The new VAIO Tap 20 captures everything that is quintessentially Sony while leaving your current notions of gadget “categories” in shambles. The Windows 8 device is technically positioned as an all-in-one desktop, but it’s definitely borrowed highlights from tablets. Features like an integrated battery, 20″ 1,600 x 900 touch screen, built in kickstand, ClearAudio+ and proprietary goodies like
OneTouch –- a simple device pairing technology that connects Sony NFC devices by “tapping” them together — mean the Tap 20 is portable. Considering it weighs 11.4 pounds, though, we don’t expect to see people whipping this out in coach.

The VAIO Tap 20’s guts are pure desktop, however, thanks to options for Intel’s i3, i5, or i7 Core processors, two USB 3.0 ports, 1.3 MP web cam, an SD/Memory card slot and up to 8GB of ram and a 1TB HD. Whether it’s the future of computing is something sales will decide.

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