The Dell Inspiron Duo functions both as a standard Intel Atom powered netbook and as a Windows 7 tablet. That’s because the lid has been specially designed so that the screen rests on a hinge inside the upper portion of the laptop. All you have to do is push the screen back 180 degrees and close the lid to turn the laptop into a tablet.
The Duo garnered quite a bit of attention when it was first introduced, but as far as I can tell, enthusiasm waned a bit when the computer actually went on sale for $549. While there aren’t many convertible tablets for that price, it’s still a lot of money for a computer that’s really no larger or more powerful than an average netbook — especially one that weighs 3.4 pounds and gets just 2.5 hours of battery life.
The good news is that now that the Dell Inspiron Duo has been available for a few months, we’re starting to see it sold at a discounted price. The Microsoft Store is offering the Duo for just $399 right now. That’s still a bit high by netbook standards, but it’s not that high, especially considering the Duo’s specs.
The computer features a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch display, a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB, 7200 RPM hard drive. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium, has a 4 cell battery, a 1MP camera, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.