Dell Inspiron Duo in not in the market yet and wont be until mid December. This is the first ever convertible netbook from Dell having a 10.1-inch display and is priced at $550.
The Netbook measures 11.2×7.7×1 inches and at 3.4 pounds, it is the heaviest Netbook in the range. The previous high weighing Netbook was the Toshiba NB305 at 2.8 pounds. The outer layer of the Netbook is made of soft touch rubber and it gives such a good feel to our hands. At the center is the glossy portion displaying the Dell logo. This is the first time ever the screen is made rotatable except the lid. Despite swiveling, the mechanism is very much sturdy independent of number of times you flip it.
Keyboard and Touchpad:
Undoubtedly, it has the island style keyboard as it is pretty common in most ultra-portables. A unique feature about the keyboard is the soft touch keys whereas the palm rest space is some what harder. The touchpad is sized enough measuring 1.5×2.75 inches and supports all the multi touch gestures. Thankfully, there are two separate buttons rather the commonly seen integrated type. We felt that the button could have been made bigger.
The 10.1-inch screen offers enough brightness and viewing angles are the best. The display has a resolution of 1366×768 meaning that you see more content on the web page than what you do on a regular 10-inch Netbook. Usually 10-inch Netbooks come with only a 1024x600p resolution. It is a capacitive display and supports multi-touch.
Dell Stage Software:
We can see worried about the user interface as Windows 7 does not have a good touch UI. Dell has developed its own software called Dell Stage that includes some touch friendly apps. The Music app offers an organized way of playing the tracks. Songs will be listed based on genre, album and artists. You get a 14-day trial period for Napster which you can subscribe if satisfied. The PhotoStage app will help you organize your pictures. It is easy to share those pictures on social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr etc. Editing options include rotating, cropping etc. The Video stage includes a video player to play your downloaded content. If you wish to buy additional movies, you can use the CinemaNow online store option. Some other features includes shortcut to Dell’s book store, Paint etc.
Inspiron Duo is to come with the Intel’s 1.5 GHz Atom N550 processor and we believe that the 2GB RAM would be enough to manage the memory requirements of 320GB hard drive. You can purchase a $100 pricing speaker dock. On connecting to the dock, you can either choose to display the clock, music player, photo slideshow or stick the software you were working before. It is necessary that you use the Duo in slate mode when docking. The included JBL speakers are loud enough when watching movies. Connection options include two USB ports, Ethernet port and the headphone jack.