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VAIO Tap 20, the new Family Touch PC

Press Release   •   Aug 29, 2012 15:45 BST

  • New-style PC for the entire family with multi-touch panel
  • Unique adjustable stand for comfortable computing in any position: lay-flat, tilting or desktop-style
  • Built-in battery gives portability around the home
  • Unique multi-user apps including Family Paint and Fingertapps Organizer
Now everyone can share exciting media experiences with VAIO Tap 20 from Sony. It’s the fresh concept in home computing that’s a tabletop PC and so much more.

The versatile VAIO Tap 20 is designed to leverage the intuitive ease of Windows 8, opening up exciting new possibilities to interact with apps and your media collection.

Portable, battery-powered VAIO Tap 20 fits right into any living space – from bedrooms and kids’ play areas to the kitchen or garden. Lay it on a coffee table and let everyone join in games on the large multi-touch screen. Flip out the in-built stand and tilt VAIO Tap 20 at a comfortable angle for ‘lean back’ photo/movie editing by touch operation, browsing and entertainment. Or stand it upright and use as a fully-functioning desktop PC. It’s easy to work on documents, browse the web or check emails with the supplied wireless keyboard and mouse.

The 20” panel offers clear, bright images with a wide angle of view. Responsive 10-point multi-touch operation lets the whole family join in simultaneously with multi-player games. Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 by Sony ensures crisp, natural movie viewing with fine details and fluid on-screen movement.

Step up to rich, powerful audio that’s a revelation after the small, weak speakers of ordinary laptops. Generously-sized stereo speakers are partnered by an on-board subwoofer that boosts low frequencies for solid, thumping bass. S-Force Front Surround 3D technologies by Sony ensure a vibrant, room-filling soundtrack – whether you’re playing games together or watching movies. Using Sony’s own signal processing technologies, ClearAudio+ mode lets you enjoy high quality audio that’s beautifully optimised for the music you’re listening to.

Incorporating several of Sony’s own signal processing technologies, ClearAudio+ mode lets you effortlessly enjoy audio quality that’s distinctly Sony. With one simple operation, you’ll experience sound with ultimate clarity and presence across a wide audio spectrum, from deep lows to crisp highs.

VAIO Tap 20 comes with a choice of apps that are optimised for the powerful multi-touch capabilities.

Family Paint lets two people draw, paint and sketch simultaneously from opposite sides of the large multi-touch screen then share the results with one touch on Facebook or Twitter. Fingertapps Organizer makes child’s play of keeping everyone’s agenda up to date. The friendly calendar view lets family members add sticky notes, scribble notes and see at a glance what everyone else is up to.

VAIO Tap 20 makes it easier than ever to connect with other home devices and share your content.

Through Sony’s One-touch function, you can easily and instantly enjoy music and photos across an array of NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled Sony devices. Simply touch one device against another, and immediately establish a wireless connection without the need for any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi set up. For example, it’s easy to continue listening to music stored on your VAIO through Bluetooth® headphones or speakers with One-touch function.

You can also enjoy full access to millions of songs and themed radio channels at any time via Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited service.

Expand your entertainment experience even further with three new apps by Sony that are available for free download.

The ‘Music’ application lets you enjoy your music collection with superb quality thanks to ClearAudio+ mode.

The ‘Album’ application makes viewing, sorting or sharing pictures and videos fun and intuitive. Simple sharing lets you ‘throw’ or stream personal photos, video content and more to enjoy on DLNA compatible large screen TVs.

Both applications let you ‘throw’ or stream personal photos, video and music content to enjoy on DLNA compatible large screen TV and audio systems.

‘Socialife’ is a unique application that organizes your social and information world. View, sort and manage all your SNS and news feeds through one stylish user interface, alongside your friends’ feeds and posts. Mark interesting articles for later reading when you’re not so busy. Based on what your friends are reading, Socialife also points you to other popular topics and even suggests content that you might like.

Find out more about Socialife: http://app.sel.sony.com/socialife/en/index.html

Optional accessories for the VAIO Tap 20 include an LCD protection sheet that safeguards the large touch screen against fingerprints and occasional scratches. It’s easy to apply without causing unwanted trapped air bubbles.

The family-friendly VAIO Tap 20 touch PC from Sony is available from the end of October 2012 from Sony Centres, Dixons and John Lewis.

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Key specifications

Model

VAIOTM Tap

Processor

Intel® Core™ i5-3317U

Operating system

Windows 8

Memory

4GB

Drive

1TB HDD 5400rpm

Screen

50.8cm (20”) VAIO Display Plus (1600x900) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio;

10-point multi-touch screen

Picture enhancement feature

Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2

Graphics

Intel® HD Graphics 4000

Others

WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; 2.1ch speakers with S-Force Front Surround 3D; HD Web Camera powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (1.31 megapixels); Web and Assist buttons

Dimensions (DxHxW)

Approx.

504 mm x 187 mm x 304 mm(Minimum tilt angle)

504 mm x 312mm x 45 mm(Maximum tilt angle)

Weight

Approx. 5.2 kg (including battery)