Summary: Since Windows 8's debut last October, PC manufacturers have all followed pretty much the same playbook. Build a laptop with a touchscreen? Check. A docking laptop / tablet hybrid? Check. A strange, hinged device that twists and turns from tablet to laptop modes? Check. The PC market as a whole may look very different than it did a year ago, but the currently available devices don't vary much.
Pros: Both displays look great, Relatively light and thin, Solid gesture and touch response
Cons: Terrible battery life, Expensive, Some problematic performance quirks, Touchpad has issues
Conclusion: After the June announcement's shock and awe wore off, the Asus Taichi seemed flashy rather than brilliant. After all, few of us really have use for two displays and those displays add weight and reduce durability (the lid is a piece of glass). Sure, it's novel and allows us to stick with the comfort of a traditional notebook hinge and form factor, but is it worth the $100 premium over single display models?
Pros: Gorgeous, slim, very light, dual 1080p IPS displays, good performance.
Cons: Inner display doesn't support touch, short battery life, expensive.
Excerpt: The ASUS TAICHI 21 is a device unlike any other. Though it has its drawbacks, this Windows tablet PC is one of the most futuristic on the market. ASUS asked how it could make a computer that encompasses all the devices we use on a daily basis, and the TAICHI was born. This device operates in four different modes: Mirror, Dual-Screen, Notebook and Tablet.
Pros: The TAICHI can be used in more than four modes, making sharing your display quick and simple. Having an Ethernet port gives you one more way to connect to the internet.
Cons: The battery life is a dismal five hours, and there isn't an option for expandable storage.
ASUS TAICHI 21 review: are two screens better than one?
6 February 2013
Summary: Around the time I wrote this review, I was also working on Engadget's first-ever laptop buyer's guide . I was sure the TAICHI would be a shoo-in for the convertible section, what with its innovative design and sterling spec sheet. Unfortunately, as inventive as this is as a concept , the finished product isn't quite what we all thought it would be.
Pros: Innovative design, Great viewing angles on both displays, Fast performance, Supports pen input, Good sound quality
Cons: Short battery life, Interior screen doesn't support touch, Runs hot, Some touchpad issues
Asus Taichi – after the Padfone, it’s time for a tablet-Ultrabook crossover
12 September 2012
Conclusion: There’s no word on the price or availability yet – in fact, some people say that the tablet may never see the market. However, judging by Asus’ previous crazy product ideas, it will most likely be released, probably by the end of the year, but being a Windows 8 device with two displays (expensive Full HD IPS displays, at that) is bound to make it pretty expensive – I guess we’ll wait and see.
Summary: The Asus Taichi is a brilliantly designed and stylish looking device, which is very lightweight and portable. But for £1,000 for the lowest configuration, it's a little pricey for a notebook with a bonus tablet function.
Excerpt: Asus has long stuck its neck out with off-the-wall products that few other manufacturers would dare to make (the PadFone 2 is a good example). The Taichi is cast in the same mould, although alongside some of the weird and wonderful Windows 8 products that have appeared in recent months, it doesn't feel quite as radical.
Conclusion: Barring the few Windows 8 idiosyncrasies that have characterised the OS, the TaiChi is a very capable, elegant addition to the Windows 8 line-up in its own right, whose beauty lies in the graceful execution of serving as both laudable notebook and Windows 8 slate. It retails for R17 000 for the Core i5 and R18 000 for the Core i7 version.
Conclusion: The Taichi’s screen-on-screen action could be exactly what some people want – be they business types, show-offs or just wildly popular Ultrabook users who never get any peace from their adoring fans. It is a touch too unwieldy to use as a touchscreen tablet to justify that £1200 price tag, but it’s already available for less so you may not have to stretch right up to the RRP.
Pros: Two dispays are better than one, Sexy looks, Bold approach to Windows 8
Cons: Screens prone to smudges, Not powerful enough for gaming, A tad bulky