When I first saw the screen flip over, I flipped out too.
If you’re looking for something more than an iPad, you might just find it here.
Dell’s new Inspiron Duo is a convertible touchscreen netbook with a difference.
Instead of the entire screen swivelling 360 degrees from the middle as with many convertibles, this machine does something different.
The inside of the 10-inch screen swivels round – like this….
So you can have the Inspiron Duo as a tablet PC or as a full-blown laptop. However, don’t expect miracles in performance for the price point of “from £449” – it’s still standard netbook specs aside from that swivel display.
That’s a shame, as it could do with a bit more punch than even an Intel Atom N550 processor and 2GB of memory can provide.
And, to provide a little more interest, Dell has partnered with JBL to provide this nifty speaker dock too. We’re not sure how much this will add to the cost of a system but as you can see it really makes the Duo into a living room or kitchen sound and tablet system. There’s also a clock app, which you can have running when the Inspiron Duo is in this position.
Dell has incorporated its own Stage media software onto the device and while this looks good, the touch is a little sluggish. Dell assures us this isn’t final software, so we’ll hold fire on that – could we see it launch with more exciting software at CES?
There’s another price for that twisted loveliness, too – a rather hefty weight which we fear may put many off. The jury’s still out on the Inspiron Duo then – expect it to start seeping out of Dell factories in the coming weeks.