Since its debut earlier this year during the 2010 Intel Developer Forum, the Inspiron duo convertible tablet has created an incredible amount of buzz on the web. I bet many of you may have already checked out the preview video on our Dell YouTube channel. It’s now the second-most viewed video there.
I was able to take the duo for a spin/flip over the weekend and quickly realized that it is more than just a tablet, it felt more like a multimedia computing device. For kids, the Inspiron duo is great for play as a touch tablet, flip the screen and it’s ready to help Mom and Dad organize their calendars. Students, can watch videos or listen to music on their way to class before flipping the screen for taking lecture notes or writing a term paper in laptop mode.
Travelers will love the Inspiron duo for watching movies or surfing the internet in tablet mode. With a flip, you can organize itineraries, write blog posts or manage photos and music with a full keyboard in the PC mode with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium.
Additionally, a built in Web-cam, integrated Wi-Fi and optional connectivity choices such as a Bluetooth and 4G mobile broadband option make it even easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family.
The Inspiron duo, loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and a dual-core processor, starts at $549*, $649 with optional dock, and is available today on Dell.com in the United States, and in the United Kingdom on Dec. 2 on www.dell.co.uk. Through the holiday season, Inspiron duo is also available in retail, exclusively at Microsoft Stores and on www.store.microsoft.com. Availability in other regions will be announced soon.
Dell Inspiron duo Specifications
- 10.1-inch HD (1366×768) display with capacitive multi-touch and HD accelerator for smooth HD playback; flips from touch to type
- Windows 7 Home Premium installed
- Dell duo Stage software
- Integrated 1.3MP Webcam and digital microphone
- Intel Atom N550 dual core processor (1.5GHz)
- 250GB, 5400 RPM hard drive with 320GB, 7200 RPM options (vary by region)
- 2GB** RAM DIMM DDR3 800MHz
- Additional details provided at product availability
duo Stage: The Perfect Keep-In-Touch Interface
Dell’s new user interface, duo Stage, makes using the Inspiron duo in tablet mode even better. Dell duo Stage lets families and students quickly access their favorite content as well as a collection of creative applications.
The new interface presents instant access to collections of music, photos, videos, games, e-books** and other applications. For instance:
- Touching the MusicStage tile reveals an individual’s personal music collection.
- The VideoStage organizes personal videos and downloaded TV shows and movies and gives people the ability to purchase or rent content directly from partners like CinemaNow in the United States.
- The PhotoStage includes integrated social networking capabilities through Facebook and Flickr so people can upload their latest photos or view pictures of their friends.
- BookStage provides a central location for storing and purchasing e-books (available in the U.S. and U.K.).
For even more fun and versatility, we fully recommend the optional $99 Inspiron duo Audio Station dock with 7 in 1 card reader and JBL speakers, two additional USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet adapter, which charges battery while displaying photos or digital alarm clock.
Having had a chance to get hands on with the Inspiron duo over the weekend, the word from the Byrd family is “Wow!” Watching videos – or listening to your music collection while a photo gallery from your Facebook friends cycle on the screen, is an absolutely incredible experience. Collectively, big thumbs up!
For more discussion on the Dell Inspiron duo online, check out this link on Techmeme.