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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: 320GB hard drive is bigger than my laptop’s. Flipping system works well, feels sturdy. Dell Stage custom launcher app loads automatically in tablet mode, makes Windows a bit more useful as a slate. Duo Audio Station (0 more) adds much-improved audio and a vertical docking system.
Cons: Tediously slow all around; get used to a lot of waiting. Screen is hideous. Too heavy for regular, table-free use.
Review Dell Inspiron duo Convertible Netbook/Tablet
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
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.
Excerpt: Get future proof with this amazing cool new tablet-netbook combo gadget from Dell. A brilliant stroke of imagination and creativity, the Dell Inspiron Duo ID-4600FNTis a multi-functional device that works fantastically as a tablet and doubles up as a netbook when required.
Summary: While I love the idea of a laptop which can convert into a tablet, sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I love the design of the Inspiron Duo. It looks and feels great, and it works quite well as a laptop, but as a tablet the duo fails.
Pros: Great design, Solid flip screen
Cons: Sluggish tablet performance, Poor battery life