Home Your IT Mobility Woah: Dell Duo does dual delightfully!

Dell's upcoming Duo blends the tablet and notebook computing experience in a unique way - with an internal, vertically capacitive swivelling screen that offers a delightful new take on delivering a tablet and keyboard in one!

I've had to chance to have a play with an engineering sample Dell Duo for several minutes at the launch of Dell's Swarm group buying service in Australia, and while it was only relatively brief first look, you can definitely colour me impressed!

Overseas reports say the Duo has a dual-core Atom processor and discrete HD capable graphics, and while specs were not revealed to me and I'd want to try it for a much longer period of time running the apps and browsers I use to make a more definitive assessment, using it and navigating around the UI and some programs certainly did feel smooth and fast.

The swivelling action of the screen is where the excitement and magic is at, with a magnetic action snapping the screen into place whichever way it is oriented.

Although overseas reports say it is twice as heavy as an iPad, it felt remarkably light in tablet mode compared to traditional tablet PCs, and even though naturally a lot thicker than an iPad, the transition between tablet mode and notebook mode was magical and revolutionary all its own.

The keys are MacBook-esque, floating as little squares, with a nice big keypad and two buttons underneath.

The capacitive screen was very accurate, with only the size of Windows elements and links a potential issue, but Windows 7 certainly is the most touch friendly version of Windows, some buttons can be easily increased in size and fonts can too.

Naturally, Microsoft is promising (if you read between the lines) so much more for its future Windows 8, but Windows 7 does work with touch, and because you can so easily flip between tablet and notebook configuration, you can use whichever way suits you best at the time.

The screen resolution is higher than your traditional 1024x600 netbook experience too, thus giving you much more desktop real estate to play with in dimensions you expect. 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.