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conclusion:We like it

79

Sony's portable all-in-one Tap 21 takes some steps forward, though it still remains a very niche product. The exterior of the newest Tap has been improved, adding more aluminum to give it what About calls "a bit more premium feel." Sadly, this doesn't make overall size and weight any better, but PC Mag says it's still "portable around the house." With this update Sony also bumped up the internal specs a bit, making it "enough for most users' day-to-day computing needs" according to HotHardware, though Computer Shopper also says it should be fine even for "serious image editing." Not everyone will need a portable all-in-one, but for families who need a machine that everyone can use, the Tap 21 is well worth your consideration.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 3, 2014

The Sony VAIO Tap 21 (SVT21217CXB) is a vast improvement over last year's pioneering portable all-in-one desktop. It has a lot more going for it, but there's still not quite enough to call it our first Editors' Choice for this nascent category.

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8.0
ChipChick Dec 16, 2013

The Sony VAIO Tap 21 is more than just a large tablet, it’s a vision of the future. But what we find particularly pleasing is that Sony has done an excellent job of bringing Intel’s portable all-in-one vision to life.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Dec 23, 2013

If you're looking for an attractive all-in-one that also does double duty as a semi-portable tablet for the couch or kitchen, Sony's Tap 21 is one of the nicest models we've seen. Just don't expect long battery life.

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8.0
HotHardware Feb 4, 2014

The screen is excellent and the audio output from the integrated speakers is also good. During everyday use, the included mouse was the only thing about the Tap 21 we felt detracted from the user experience, but that’s easily remedied.

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6.0
About Jan 27, 2014

It is still a step in the right direction by Sony and a decent option for those looking at a high resolution mid-size hybrid all-in-one.

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TechRadar Sep 6, 2013

Sony has definitely hit on to an interesting thing with the Sony Tap 21 but we're not convinced by its size.

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Ubergizmo Sep 4, 2013

It is fair to say that customers probably value having a very clean looking all-in-one computer. For professionals, there’s also the added value of having something that looks good, is self-contained and can easily be moved around if needed.

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