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Sony Tap 20: Tablet or a desktop computer?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Sony Tap 20 Mobile Desktop Blurs the Line Between Tablet and Desktop Computer

SONY TAP 20

CES 2013— Sony’s CES booth provided no shortage of wows, but one of the more unusual products we spotted was the new 20-inch Sony Vaio Tap 20 Mobile Desktop. Yep, you read that right: 20 inches. While designed to be an easily movable desktop computer, the Sony Tap 20 also functions exactly like an oversized tablet. Whether or not you choose to use it that way depends on how you feel about lugging around 11 pounds of fragile glass and metal. But if you’re up for it, the touchscreen and fold-flat integrated stand let the Tap 20 function on a flat surface as well as it does in desktop mode.

Under the hood, the Sony Tap 20 is built like a fully-featured desktop, offering a choice of i3, i5 or i7 Intel Core processors, and running Windows 8. Traditional hard disk drives give it up to 1TB of storage, but add to the unit’s heft. A DC-in port, Gigabit Ethernet jack and two USB 3.0 jacks give it better connectivity than a tablet. The 20-inch display has a native resolution of 1600×900 and is powered by Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip. Notable absences include an optical drive and HDMI input, which does slightly limit the Tap 20’s multimedia usefulness.

Sony is targeting the multiple-user audience, like families, where the Tap 20 can be assigned to desktop homework duty one minute, and be transformed into a table-top multi-player gaming tablet the next. While many take Sony’s description of “portability” with a grain of salt,  there’s no doubt that it’s an interesting design, one we imagine people will find innovative ways to utilize. Just don’t expect to see anyone reading an eBook on the subway using it. The Tap 20 will cost between $899 and $1199, and is available now.

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W Series Walkman: Sony’s New Waterproof MP3 Player

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

W Series Walkman From Sony Brings Waterproof, Wireless Music To Your Workout

W Series Walkman

Sony’s W Series Walkman features a waterproof, one-piece design.

CES 2013— Swimmers and wet-weather workout warriors, rejoice! At Sony’s CES booth, the electronics giant displayed their new W Series Walkman Waterprof MP3 Player. The Sony NWZ-w273 features a unique, one-piece design that integrates the battery and MP3 player into the ear-bud units, for a truly wireless listening solution. Completely waterproof, the W Series Walkman can be submerged indefinitely at depths of 2 meters or less.

While the lightweight player will likely find favor with the water-sport crowd, anyone who works out enough to break a sweat will appreciate the design. I’ve had an MP3 player act up after sweat seeped into the headphone jack during a particularly grueling run, and Sony’s waterproof design will alleviate issues like that, not to mention running in the rain.

Sony did not cut corners when designing the waterproof, minimalist headset; the NWZ-W273 holds its own against traditional MP3 players. MP3, WMA, AAC-LC and L-PCM formats are supported; 4GB of integrated memory should hold about 1,000 normal-length songs (128kbps). A full charge will get you up to eight hours of continuous playback, making this a perfect player for marathon runners looking for a hassle-free music setup. One useful feature of the W273 is its quick-charge ability: just a 3 minute charge will get you an hour of playback time.

The earbuds utilize 13.5mm dome drivers to put out impressive sound with respectable bass levels for such a small size. Three sizes of buds are included to insure a proper fit, and the integrated adjustment band keeps everything snug.

We think the W Series Walkman will be a great complement to our selection of fitness equipment, and we’re eagerly anticipating its arrival.

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Sony Electrolounge Huge Success at Abt!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The traveling Sony Electrolounge was a big success this weekend.  After fighting off some really nasty rain storms, Sony’s reps were eager to show off all the exciting things Sony has to offer.  About 1200 people stopped by to try out Sony’s TVs, speakers, headphones and more Sony products that aren’t even sold yet in the US!

A full album of the Sony Electrolounge event’s pictures can be found on Abt’s Facebook page.

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Sony Electrolounge at Abt This Weekend

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

If you’ve been to Abt recently, you may have noticed a section of our parking lot blocked off. Sony arrived and they are building what they are calling, an “Electrolounge” stage that they will showcase this weekend.

This  Sony Electrolounge truck that has been traveling cross country to showcase the latest in Sony technology. The Electrolounge will be open this weekend during our normal store hours on Friday 9 am-9 pm, Saturday 9 am- 7:30 pm, and Sunday 10:30 am-6:15 am.   Sony Brand Advocates will be showcasing various Sony products like Personal 3D Viewer, Sony Tablet S, Shake Speakers and many more.

There will also be prize giveaways and attendees will have the opportunity to enter and win free tickets to Lollapalooza.  Come on out this weekend and see some great stuff from Sony!

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Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2012 Arrives!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short,  is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet.

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Sony Blu-ray Software Upgrade to 3D

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Son’y Blu-ray player, model NSZGT1 will now support 3D Disc Playback.  In addition to that, there are other performance enhancements which include increased Google Chrome start up time and upgrade from Android 3.1 to Android 3.2.  You will need to get the updated software to enjoy these new benefits.  The update is simple, if your unit is connected to the internet, you can update via online or through a USB with the required software.  For more update information, visit Sony’s support page or call us at 888-228-5800.

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Sony Enhances Online Applications

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

If you are one of the many who currently own a Sony BRAVIA TV, you now have access to a plethora of new online features.  They recently launched AOLHD which offers you mail, news videos and more from AOL and all their affiliates.  NewsLook was also added which gives viewers an enhances view of both domestic and world news.

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Abt @ CES 2012: Sony Glasses-Free 3D TV

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Looking to get a 3D TV, but don’t like having to wear clunky 3D glasses?  Sony has just the solution for you: a glasses-free 3D TV.  Jon Abt saw various models of what Sony has to offer, but he preferred the smaller screens compared to the larger ones.  Since it is newer technology, Sony may need to figure out all the bells and whistles, but glasses-free 3D TVs are a great idea.  Hopefully it will be perfected soon and viewers can immerse themselves in an amazing cinematic experience.

This image does not fully represent 3D TV screen.

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Abt @ CES 2012: Sony Google TV Streamer and Blu-ray Player

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

A glimpse of one of the many trends hitting CES 2012 is the advances TV technology presented by Sony.  Sony announced an updated version of its Google TV-powered Blu-ray player, the NSZGP9, as well as their first ever Google TV set-top box, the NSZGS7.

As you can see, the Blu-ray design is different that Sony’s model from last year, the NSZGT1.  That model, while still available, offered a bulkier look and and somewhat complicated remote.  Speaking of remote, it seems that they have upgraded the newer remote that comes with the Google Blu-ray player.  It  supports gestures via three-axis motion control. There’s also a touch pad on the front, plus a back-lit keyboard on the back.

 

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Classic Sony Showcased at Abt

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Earlier this morning we had a film crew come and take some footage of our small yet interesting vintage Sony gadget collection.  Included in the display are old items like a Sony Walkman circa 1979 or a transistor radio from 1968.  Collected over the years by a Sony employee, the collection is a small glimpse of Sony’s technological history and advances.  Stop by the Atrium at Abt and see Sony history for yourself.

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