The Dell Inspiron duo is both a tablet and a laptop, offering an Intel dual core Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. With a flip of the screen, the Inspiron duo becomes a multi-touch tablet that allows users to browse the web and more with a tap of a finger. Candace Bailey and Chris Hardwick review the $500 device.
What You Need to Know
This little convertible is about the same size as a netbook at only 1” thick and weighs about 3 lbs.
Dell has an overlay with shortcuts for touch-optimized apps, but once you get into these, it chugs
Looking at photos with pinch and zoom or drawing in their paint application has a lot of lag and it gets pretty frustrating
Browsing the web works okay, but the more complicated the site, the less it works as intended
You can also use the touch screen with Windows 7 if you don't want to use the Dell overlay, but we found ourselves just using the touchpad and keyboard instead, since the touch screen was laggy
The keys on the keyboard are a little smaller than we're used to, but you'll get used to typing on it after awhile
The touchpad is just fine, though; it's got separate mouse clicks and works like it should
Even with a dual-core processor, it's not very fast
We ran our normal productivity benchmarks from PCMark Vantage, and it scored a little lower than past netbooks, like the Asus Eee PC 1215N
It wouldn't even run our gaming benchmarks with its integrated graphics