So much for the XOOM and its high price tag. For here comes not only a tablet but also a netbook bundled together all for $399, half of the XOOM asking price. The Dell Inspirion Duo is now selling for $399, down from the $550 price tag that it had started out with.
However, many believe a price reduction is the last resort to ensure the tablet survives. For the tablet that also doubles up as a Windows 7 running netbook has never seen blazing sales ever since it was launched. One reason for the lack lustre demand has been its initial price which was more than any other netbook of its class. Then a paltry 2.5 hours of battery life further ensured it had few takers among both the netbook and tablet buying crowd. Then its bulky too, at 3.4 pounds.
Interest for the Inspirion Duo was high during its pre-launch days specially due to its unique construction that included a hinge along two side bezels. This allowed the display to be rotated a full 180 degrees so that screen rests on top of the keyboard, thus transforming the netbook into a tablet like device, complete with a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive multi-touch display. This apart, the Duo is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 CPU coupled to 2 GB of RAM. On board storage is a healthy 320 GB and comes with other features such as a 1 megapixel camera, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
It remains to be seen if the Duo makes for a better buy post a price cut.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email