Dell Inspiron Duo
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- Innovative vertical rotating screen design Extremely sturdy build Great chiclet keyboard
- Terrible viewing anglesLess than 3.5 hours of battery life Software layer is incredibly sluggish
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Dell Inspiron Duo
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- 60AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE1 ReviewsEngadget60Dell Inspiron Duo review -- EngadgetUltimately it feels like Dell should have continued to tease the Duo at a distance while refining the concept in its labs -- but then again, we suppose there's always generation two.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE4 ReviewsEngadget Reader70February 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought the Duo a few months after it came out with a single purpose in mind: Install Windows 8 Developer Preview. I used it with Windows 7 for about a week before 8 was released and I can see why it would get shredded in reviews, however running Windows 8 on it is a completely different story. Side note: I have since updated to Consumer Preview and then to final Windows 8 upon release.While the hardware isn't "Windows 8 Optimized", I haven't had any issues with compatibility, aside from a driver mismatch for the accelerometer/magnetometer, but since the viewing angles make it useless in portrait mode, that's not really an issue (and it's fully solvable using Samsung's tablet driver). What reviewers discovered after Windows 8's full release (that combining touch with traditional input is actually fantastic) I knew over a year ago. This computer single-handedly sold me on Microsoft's new approach to their operating system.Engadget Reader70April 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall, the Duo is a great thing to use, the decent size keyboard allows for comfortable typing, but the viewing angles are poor at best, you need to be pretty much right in front of the screen if you don't want quite a lot of colour distortion. Also, my machine has been back for repairs frequently, due to power faults, and having a battery pack that isn't user-replaceable has been a nightmare. The Duo Stage is extremely sluggish, and the Dell apps that are contained in the Stage UI are nothing more than Windows Media Centre can offer. Since windows 7 is not specifically designed for tablets, the buttons are often too small, but an upgrade to Windows 8 once it is released should solve this problem.Engadget Reader100March 23, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For the price there is nothing close to this on the market or going to be released in 2012. Yes it could be bigger, lighter and faster and have a better battery but it is a great compromise. I use all my old software and it replaced my heavey gateway tablet Pc and my desktop as it had a very large hard drive. I plug in an external gps and use my marine nav software and using TIVO desktop and other software I record TV and convert it for my Iphone. I haven't had a laptop that I haven't had to use external power so the so so battery only gives me about 2hrs a year later. It runs the Windows 8 CP and the touch workes as good as it can but Windows and software are limited at this point. I use the JBL dock and an external DVD. I use it in laptop mode mostly and scroll with touch. When Windows 8 comes out and good apps are developed it will only get better. Dell replaced the hard drive within 6 months at no charge. Great laptop with great service for a great price!!!Engadget Reader80May 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget