I finally got a chance to check out the Dell Inspiron Duo at CES last week. the Duo is a convertible tablet-style netbook with a 10 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display which swivels back inside the lid, allowing you to close the laptop and use it like a Windows tablet. The design is certainly both unusual and attractive. But I have to say I wasn’t really blown away.
My biggest complaint is that the Duo is heavy. The computer weighs 3.4 pounds, which is light for a notebook, a bit on the hefty side for a netbook, and pretty heavy for a tablet. It just doesn’t feel like it would comfortable when you hold it in one hand to read web pages, watch movies, or read an eBook.
Also, like other Atom-based tablets I’ve used, it takes a little too long for automatic screen rotation to kick in. You’re left staring at a blank screen when you switch from portrait to landscape mode.
That said, the Duo is still fun to play with, as you can see in the video below: