Adaptive All-in-One Desktops: A New Species of Computing

There is a new hybrid of computers soon to be released into the wild: The Adaptive All-in-One Desktop. This concept basically takes the current all-in-one, like an iMac, and adds multi-touch capabilities and a more portable form factor.

While some of the Adaptive AOIs differ in function, the one that caught our eye is the Sony Tap 20 which is a 20″ display with a built-in battery. It has a built-in collapsable stand that lets you take it all around the house and use it upright, angled, or completely flat. You’re essentially walking around with a gigantic tablet, loaded with processing power and plenty of screen real-estate. While “mobile” isn’t the best word to describe an Adaptive All-in-One, “portable” would be a good fit.

There’s something about desktops that are a lot more comfortable for working, whether it’s the larger screen, full sized mouse and keyboard, enhanced processing power, or just the feeling it generates. An Adaptive AOI take the best of all worlds by untethering a desktop computer from one desk in one room and allowing you to take it most anywhere in your house, without sacrificing productivity. The addition of multi-touch capabilities adds a lot of value to traditional All-in-One desktops, or at least it could. Tilt the device like a canvas for complete hands-on creativity, or lay the device flat for idea collaboration and game play with your friends and family.

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With an Adaptive All-in-One the possibilities are basically endless. The usage feels extremely natural considering we’ve all been practicing on mobile and tablets for a few years now. We’re quite interested to see what kind of success this new genre of computers could see in the near future. The Adaptive All-in-One Desktops will begin to hit the stores within a couple months. They’re going to be powered by Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors. In addition to the Sony Vaio Tap 20, we played hands-on with a Lenovo 27″ IdeaCentre A720, which has a stationary non-removable dock and a touchscreen.

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