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SONY VAIO TAP 20 Review – NOT YOUR TYPICAL PORTABLE TABLET

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

On arrival of a really big box, the Sony Vaio Tap 20 was unwrapped having a stylish mouse, not like the typical ones you have seen around, a huge tablet at first and sleek keyboard. The mouse looks sleek in a shiny black finish and along with it comes a really thin keyboard with light keys placed well. Moving on to the screen, it almost feels like an extended version of a tablet. The wireless screen looks good, but wished it was a little thinner. We expected razor sharp edges and maybe a little less black bezel around the edges to give the screen a much fuller user experience. The top has the power, lock, volume keys and the assist key as well. The left side offers you all the connectivity ports and the right side has the power frame along with the Ethernet port. The stand attached behind gives you only one fixed viewing angle for the screen and it cannot be adjusted according to the user. If you are planning on using it as a tablet, it gets tiring after a while on your lap because of the heavy weight. It works best as a desktop; as it is meant to be!

REVIEW

Beginning with the screen, the 20 inch display offers you a 1600 x 900 pixels screen along with an LED screen offering decent image and video quality. The adjustable brightness for the screen gives it an added advantage for a good display but still doesn\’t match up or make you go Whoa! Having such a large screen, few of the images and videos look pixelated and not as clear as we intend it to be. We tried watching a few 4K videos and were heavily disappointed. While talking about the display, the touch screen offers you a 10 point touch and the touchscreen actually works surprisingly well. We did not have much to grumble about. You might think of this as a tablet but it really isn\’t comfortable moving it from one room to another honestly. The weight of the tablet does come in the way. It fits best as a desktop. To talk about the performance for the Sony VAIO Tap 20, it offers you Windows 8. User experience wise, it is equipped with all the usual apps that windows has to offer. We did not see much of lagging or having the need to tinker around with it. It has a 1.7-GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U processor and 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. The Intel HD 400 graphics chip might not be the most powerful around for it. Some of the visuals did not appear; again, as good as we thought it would or as good as it should be.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-3337U Processor 1.80 GHz
  • 20 inch display (50.8 cms); 1600 x 900; touch screen
  • 1.31 Mega pixel front facing camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • HD Graphics 4000
  • 1 TB Storage
  • 5.2 KGS
  • Windows 8

VERDICT

Don\’t confuse these piece for a MAC. The Sony VAIO Tap 20 has quite a bit to offer you. In terms of design it has done a fairly neat job. Maybe if the display wasn\’t compromised on, it would have been a perfect piece! But none the less, we are quite content with the output.

Rating 4/5

Price Rs 69,990/-

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