Dell Inspiron Duo [Preview]

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Brand: Dell
Model: Inspiron Duo
Price: Rs. 58,000
Available @: mega.pk

General Specification:

  • Processor Type: Intel Atom
  • Processor Speed: 1.50Ghz
  • Operating System: Windows 7
  • Hard Disk: 320GB
  • Ram: 2GB

Processor

  • Processor Type: Intel Atom
  • Processor Model: N550
  • Processor Speed: 1.50Ghz
  • Processor Bits: 32-Bit
  • Processor Threads: 4
  • No of Cores: 2
  • L2 cache: 1MB
  • Chipset: Intel® HM55

Storage

  • Hard drive size: 320GB
  • Hard drive speed: 5400RPM
  • Type of harddrive: SATA

Memory

  • Maximum memory: 2GB
  • Number of memory slots: 2
  • Installed RAM: 2GB
  • Type of memory: DDR3

Graphics

  • Dedicated graphics memory: shared
  • Graphics processor: Intel HD

Design

  • Colors: Black
  • Weight: 1.5Kg

Display

  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Backlight: LED
  • Screen size: 10.1 Inch
  • Screen surface: High-Definition
  • Touchscreen: Yes (Capacitive)

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • LAN: LAN 10/100 Mbps
  • Modem: No
  • Wireless/Wifi: Yes

Connectors

  • Headphone output: Yes
  • Microphone input: Yes
  • USB 2.0: Yes
  • USB Ports (Total): 2

Power

  • Battery life: 2-3 Hours
  • Battery type: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
  • No of cells: 6

Miscellaneous

  • Camera: Yes
  • Card Reader: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 Year International

Designed to impress!!

Dell-Inspiron-DuoInspiron Duo is one of the devices that can make you fall in love at first sight. It is a notebook cum tablet that will let you enjoy the possession of both the devices.

Inspiron Duo has a stylish display that can be flipped to reveal a keyboard and touch pad. It can be flipped again to hide the keyboard and just the display is visible. You can type or touch as you feel like.

This can be safely called as one of the most ingenious design that Dell has come up with yet. Since this system is new, a test of time will tell if its display physically survives the test of not becoming loose due to flipping.

Performance:

Performance wise this is not a system that will blow your mind but its not as slow as usually tablets with windows are as well. If you are a regular laptop user having i3 or i5 systems, you might feel the lag that atom processors face with Win 7 running on them.

However if you have been using Mini net-books, you will surely appreciate the speed. Secondly, if you are thinking about using this like a full fledged laptop, you will be definitely disappointed by its performance. It is more of a single task machine.

Touch Screen:

Capacitive Touch screen response of Inspiron Duo is good, not as good as the ipad 2 but also not as bad as the low cost touch screen phones that Samsung ships out on daily basis.

But perhaps Dell forgot to cater for one thing: finger prints!. Within minutes of its use, you will have your finger prints all over the screen which looks very untidy. Dell should have also provided a stylus or used some finger print avoiding coating with the system. Keeping the screen clean is one of the most difficult part of keeping this laptop maintained.

Battery Time:

Battery time varies with how you use it. With mild use it lasts for about 3 hours but if you are running a heavy program, it would hardly be 2 hours. This is disappointing when you compare this with the other tablets. Due to having a tablet like functionality too one expects the battery to last 4 or 5 hours of regular use.

Use like a tablet?:

Considering this system as a laptop, this system weighs about 1.5kg which is pretty good but if you intend to use the touch screen and use it as a tablet, it would be hard to use it by holding it in 1 hand. 1.5 kg is a weight that will make you tired after usage for a while. Also if you intend to use it when walking or standing sometimes, it would not be as easy as using a normal tablet.

Final Word:

Seeing at the broader picture the tablet functionality of the system doesn’t really make a mark. It doesn’t have any of the usual tablet advantages like long battery time, light weight or very portable. Tablet thing just looks like more of an innovation rather than an actual advantage.