Windows 8 Launch: We check out Sony's lineup

While other PC makers showed off multiple Windows 8 products at a press event in New York City today, Sony was fairly low key. They showed just two products, both of which won't be out until sometime later this fall, after the Windows 8 launch on Friday.

However, Sony went with "Quality over quantity". Instead of flooding the market with lots of different Windows 8 designs, it has just two at the moment, and we got to play briefly with both.

We saw a bunch of notebook-tablet hybrids today, but Sony's Vaio Duo 11 may be the one that impressed us the most on first glance. Many of the hybrids have revolving screens or screens that twist and turn. The Vaio Duo 11 simply slides up the screen to reveal the full keyboard underneath. It's simple, its elegant, and we love it.

The Vaio Tap 20 is technically a 20 inch all in one PC. In reality, its actually a massive tablet in disguise. Sony says you can unplug the Tap 20 and lay the screen down flat and it will run for about three hours on its own. Nice.

What's even nicer is that Sony has decided to not just release this unusual Windows 8 hybrid, but will also offer a number of Windows 8 apps made especially for the Tap 20 in the Windows Store. These apps will be viable just to people who own the Tap 20 and will include art software, games and more design with two people touching the screen in mind. We got a demo of one app that allowed two people to draw, each using one side of the Tap 20 screen.

It's very slick, and its something that no other PC is doing. We can't wait to get a better hands-on with the Tap 20 and the Duo 11 when they are released by Sony's Viao division later this year.

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As the "Report a problem with this article" link appears to have gone AWOL ... what is the "VIAO" division - isn't it the "VAIO" division?

jamieakers said,
As the "Report a problem with this article" link appears to have gone AWOL ... what is the "VIAO" division - isn't it the "VAIO" division?

For some weird reason, Neowin puts that link in the Author section, where it is much too small and not logical. Since there is no Author section here, there is no report option.

The report button should be clearly placed at the end of every article instead.

After looking at the Vaio Tap 20 a part of me wants Smart Displays to comeback with touch capabilities so I can remove my display on my desktop and use it as a tablet around the house instead of having a seperate tablet/laptop/hybrid.

TCLN Ryster said,
Why does Sony's stuff always look so ugly and monolithic? :-(

No, sony does make GREAT Design stuff, industrial stuff actually, better than most of the crap out there, problem is, their design is not up to the quality of the product.

TCLN Ryster said,
Why does Sony's stuff always look so ugly and monolithic? :-(

Because Apple owns rounded corners.

Arceles said,

No, sony does make GREAT Design stuff, industrial stuff actually, better than most of the crap out there, problem is, their design is not up to the quality of the product.

Sony like to copy Apple, with some of their laptops looking like blatant copies of the MacBook.

Nearly the whole industry copied Apple when they had recessed hinges following the Aluminium Macbooks. It's fine if you have a metal body, but on a plastic body like most generic laptops the base plastics are where the stress from the screen opening and closing goes, it's asking for trouble. I've repaired tons of Acers and Toshiba Satellite A series machines in my shop where the screw bosses have burst on the palmrest and base due to stress on the base plastics from opening and closing the lid. There's usually just four screws holding the screen hinges to the plastic, whereas older laptops had metal ribs for the hinge posts to screw into for support. HINT TO INDUSTRY: STOP copying ****ty Apple! They're style over substance!

I'm fed up of Apple style scrabble tile keyboards on laptops too, they're NOT nice to use....