The Dell Inspiron Duo is expected to begin shipping next week. The Duo is one of the most intriguing 10 inch mini-laptops to launch this year, thanks to a unique design that lets you convert the computer from netbook to tablet mode by flipping the screen around and closing the lid.
But the convertible tablet functionality is just one of the things that makes the Duo different. It also has a rubberized case, an optional docking station that lets you use the computer with external speakers, and Dell Stage media software that launches automatically when you convert from laptop to tablet mode.
The Dell Stage software includes music, photo, video, books, games, paint, and internet apps. Given that Windows 7’s default apps don’t tend to run as well as they could on low cost tablets (most likely due to hardware constraints), it’s nice to see that Dell has put some effort into improving the experience.
That said, the folks at Laptop Magazine took a pre-release version of the Dell Inspiron Duo for a spin, and the media software looks kind of sluggish at the moment. It’s worth keeping in mind that this is pre-release software and hardware though, and things may work better on the final version.
You can check out Laptop’s video overview after the break. There are also more photos, screenshots, and much more information at the Laptop Magazine blog.