Here is something that promises to bring you the best of both worlds – the traditional world of the laptop/netbook on the one hand and the snazzy new world of tablet PCs on the other. The thing being talked about is the Inspiron Duo from Dell which though is a netbook at heart but can also become a tablet device, thanks to some smart yet simple thinking on part of Dell.
The way this becomes possible is this – the device in its netbook form consists of a 10 inch screen which swings inside out on an axis that lies within its own bezel, thereby transforming the netbook into a tablet PC with the keyboard remaining hidden beneath the touch sensitive screen. While this is not the first time we have come across netbook/tablet hybrids, what makes the Inspiron Duo unique is the way the tablet form is achieved and which negates the need to go for any complicated hinge architecture.
Within the tablet lies a dual-core Atom N550 processor with Windows 7 Home Premium being the default OS. What this means is that such a setup makes the Inspiron Duo great as a netbook device and but fails to impress in the tablet mode. The reason being Windows 7 may have the built in functionality to deliver in a tablet environment though it tends to perform best only in case of extremely precise finger inputs, almost in the manner of a mouse pointer. So it can turn out to be a test of your patience pretty soon when the Inspiron Duo is in tablet mode.
Nevertheless, the Inspiron Duo is definitely one of those devices that can make one sit up. So its something to look forward to though there is no official word as of now as to when it can reach markets or what its price will be. Keep watching while we keep an eye on Inspiron Duo developments.