Dell Inspiron Duo Review
RELATED TAG : dell inspiron duo inch, dell inspiron dual, dell inspiron band, dell inspiron due, dell inspiron double, dell inspiron duo tablet, dell inspiron duo netbook, dell inspiron duo hybrid
Dell finally seems to be breaking free at least a little bit from the beige design box it’s drawn itself in over the years. After debuting the Streak, it’s now showing off a hybrid tablet and laptop system that it’s calling the Inspiron Duo. No price given and Dell isn’t providing us any more details, but it should be released by the end of this year.
The Dell Inspiron Duo hybrid netbook/laptop houses a 1.5GHz dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor and runs Windows 7 Premium OS. Hence, we can expect at least 2GB memory inside the netbook and standard 160GB or 250GB HDD for storage.
Inspiron Duo contains Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 processor and runs Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Android. The 10-inch screens serves as both the display for the typical notebook setup as well as a detachable tablet. Considering Dell envisions the Inspiron Duo serving two masters — entertainment via the tablet and productivity via the physical keyboard. The Dell Inspiron Duo can be categorized as a Netvertible or Convertible Netbook Tablet PC. The way the Dell Duo works is it’s a netbook when you need the physical keyboard and by rotating the screen you can turn the 10-inch netbook into a 10-inch Windows 7 Tablet PC. Dell’s on the right track, though its foray into the world of hybrid computing likely won’t be a huge success due to the shortcomings of Windows 7 and Atom.
Inspiron Duo’s ability to switch from tablet to laptop is the exciting bit. It’s well-designed, attractive, and easy to use, but for all intents and purposes, it’s an entertainment device, not a productivity tool. Yes, you can conveniently check your email and send messages with it, as well as flip through reports or e-books, hop from Web page to Web page. The Dell Inspiron Duo appears to bridge the gap between entertainment device and productivity tool. You have the tablet portion, which offers a level of simplicity and convenience as you breeze through data and apps with your fingers. But when it’s time for work, just flip and rotate the machine; voil?, you have a laptop.