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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Powered by an Intel Dual Core Atom N570 processor with a 2GB RAM, this awesome gadget delivers a lightning fast performance and opens a whole new world of connectivity and entertainment right at your...
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. Performance bogs down and navigation can become frustrating. On top of that the battery just doesn’t last as long as it should. The Mini Duo certainly has lots of potential.
Pros: Great design, Solid flip screen
Cons: Sluggish tablet performance, Poor battery life