Dell Inspiron Duo Review

Posted: March 10, 2011
Dell Inspiron Duo Review

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


  • $550

Overall Rating

  • 2 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • We had really high hopes for this, and we think the design is innovative, but it just didn't deliver on any of its promises
  • If you want a netbook, we'd recommend the Asus Eee PC 1215N, or if you want a tablet, go with the iPad or maybe the iPad 2, which we'll be reviewing on Monday

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Comments are Closed

  • vulgora

    i rate video 1 star for sucking apples duck
    i mean come on 5 out of 5!!??
    after everything they pointed out that it doesn't have
    expandable memory
    no led flash
    no adobe flash support
    smart cover is a joke
    hdmi out is over priced
    cameras suck
    same ridiculous price

    Posted: March 15, 2011 9:17 AM
  • davebu

    Android would have saved this thing...

    Posted: March 11, 2011 2:18 PM
  • asol

    Good Job . Chris . !!

    Posted: March 11, 2011 3:30 AM
  • karasublue84d

    2 out of 5, good score, not worthy getting it.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 11:22 PM