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Dell Inspiron Duo

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Dell Inspiron duo

mobilenapps.com
17 April 2012
  • Excerpt: I've been using the Dell Inspiron Duo for over a month, and while it is not the best netbook/tablet I have ever used, it is good for what it is. The device came with Windows 7 along with some Dell built-in software which tried and failed to make touch relevant. So, because of that, the software aspect of this review will be based around Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The default Windows 7 OS just doesn't do this device any justice whatsoever.
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

Channel5
25 May 2011
  • Conclusion: The Dell Inspiron Duo is far more powerful than most notebooks, but the inclusion of a keyboard and the rest makes it a lot less easy to live with than the likes of the iPad.
  • Pros: The Inspiron Duo packs more power than the average netbook: its dual-core processor and reasonably beefy integrated graphics chip can handle the sort of HD video clips that would have most mini laptops chugging like Stephenson's Rocket. The screen is also deliciously hi-res at 1366 x 768. The design is also reassuringly rugged: the screen stays firmly in position whether its rotated to tablet or netbook mode, and the casing sports a finger-friendly rubberised finish. ...
  • Cons: Windows 7 isn't as geared up for touch as iOS or Android, and as a consequence the Inspiron Duo's interface isn't quite as slick as some rivals'. The screen's viewing angle is also limited, with colours and brightness dropping off once your bounce moves even slightly off-centre. The hybrid design also brings some issues along with it: while 1.5kg isn't heavy by netbook standards, it's very bulky for a tablet.
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Overall 5
5.0

Dell Inspiron Duo

PC Magazine
23 May 2011
  • Conclusion: The flip screen implementation is an original and refreshing take on the convertible tablet, but the Dell Inspiron Duo completely ignored the part about features and tablet performance.
  • Pros: Innovative convertible tablet design. High-resolution screen. Excellent keyboard and mouse button combination. Sturdy netbook. 2GB of DDR3 memory included. Fast-spinning hard drive.
  • Cons: Bare-bones feature set. Small, non-removable battery. Poor battery life. Touch functionality is flawed and sluggish. Components are not equipped to handle Windows 7 Home Premium. Cluttered with third-party and proprietary software.
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Part Netbook, Part Tablet, All Sexy

Gear Patrol
23 May 2011
  • Excerpt: Love the idea of a tablet, but can’t bear to part with your keyboard? Well, Dell has heard your plea and developed the “convertible” Inspiron Duo ($550) netbook in the hopes of bringing you the best of both worlds. As a laptop, the Inspiron Duo features a 10.1-inch HD (1366 x 768) display, 1.3 MP integrated Webcam, 1.5GHz Intel Atom dual core processor, 250GB HDD, 2 USB ports and 2GB of ram. It also comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
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Overall 6
6.0

Dell Inspiron Duo (Black)

PC Magazine
23 May 2011
  • Conclusion: The flip screen implementation is an original and refreshing take on the convertible tablet, but the Dell Inspiron Duo underwhelms when it comes to features and tablet performance.
  • Pros: Clever and refreshing take on convertible tablet design. High resolution screen. Excellent keyboard and mouse button combination. Sturdy netbook. 2GB of DDR3 memory included. Fast-spinning hard drive
  • Cons: Bare-bones feature set. Battery is small and not user-removable. Poor battery life. Touch performance is sluggish. Components can't handle Windows 7 Home Premium. Cluttered with 3rd party and proprietary software.
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Overall 5
5.0

Dell Inspiron Duo Is Indifference Times Two

Wired
28 February 2011
  • Excerpt: You can’t deny Dell some hard-fought gee-whiz cred with the new Inspiron Duo . In a world of commoditized portables, it is nothing if not a unique product. Show it off to your friends; it looks like a netbook, and you pop open the laptop-like clamshell and wait for the bored expression to appear. Then comes the sucker punch: you rotate the screen horizontally within its frame and snap the laptop back shut. Ta-da, it’s a freakin’ tablet, bro! People are duly impressed.
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Dell Inspiron Duo

stuffmideast.com
18 February 2011
  • Conclusion: Tech specs Price US$730 Battery life 3hrs 57mins Camera 1.3MP front-facing Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium Processor Intel Atom N550 Dual Core 1.5GHz RAM 2GB Screen size 10.1in Storage 250GB HDD USB 2.0 2 Weight 1.54kg Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dimensions 29x285x195mm
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Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Tablet / Netbook Review

HotHardware
8 February 2011
  • Conclusion: In our SiSoftware Sandra tests, the Inspiron Duo put up some decent scores, but compared to what we're seeing from AMD's Fusion processors and other ULV CPU options, the Atom N550 seems somewhat pokey. It didn't shatter records in any department, and it performed particularly poorly in gaming-related tests.
  • Pros: Outstanding build quality, Unique, refreshing design, Optional dock, Great keyboard
  • Cons: Glossy LCD, bad viewing angles, Weak graphics, Excessive bloatware, Sluggish performance, Lackluster battery life
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Overall 7
7.3
Performance 6
6.3
Battery performance 9
8.6
Display 6
6.4
Weight 9
9.2
Noise 9
9.2
Gaming performance 2
1.7
Connectivity 4
4.0
Keyboard 9
8.5
Temperature 9
9.3

Review Dell Inspiron duo Convertible Netbook/Tablet

Notebookcheck
13 January 2011
  • Summary: Innovative. The well thought-out screen-flip design of the Inspiron duo 10" convertible notebook/tablet is an interesting innovation. But does this mean that has Dell crafted the finest convertible yet or just another high-tech toy?
  • Pros: Stylish Design and Nice Feel, Refined Screen-Flip Concept, Broadcom CrystalHD Decoder, Clearly Labeled Keyboard, Optional Accessories, Comfortable to Use
  • Cons: Few Accessories Included, Poor Display Quality, Glossy Screen, Short Battery Life, Limited Potential for Upgrades (7mm HDD), Few Ports, Slow Dell duo Stage UI (Tablet Interface), High Entry-Level Price
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Overall 5
5.0

Dell Inspiron Duo Review

LAPTOP Magazine
8 December 2010
  • Summary: While the gorgeous rubberized chassis and responsive touchscreen make the Inspiron Duo seem compelling, its short battery life, sluggish touch software, mediocre media playback, and lack of ports make it a tough sell. For much less than the Duo's $549 price, we recommend buying either a dedicated tablet such as the iPad, a high-quality netbook such as the discrete-graphics-packing ASUS Eee PC 1215N, or a sleek ultraportable such as the Toshiba T235.
  • Pros: Attractive, sturdy design, Responsive touch screen, Good netbook performance
  • Cons: Sluggish touch software, Short battery life, No video-out or memory card slot on unit
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