In passing over the blue room of Microsoft’s booth at CES 2011, our eyes fell on a computer that we had overlooked and that we wanted to sink his teeth, the Dell Inspiron Duo, a notebook which screen rotates 180 degrees to become a makeshift tablet.
Bothers us having to pull the ears of a company, let alone in the case of Dell, which has many undeniable quality devices, but Duo Inspiron designers were not very inspired on the day I gave birth. The concept is interesting, but suffers from serious problems first and then answer ergonomics and software, making it easy prey for other teams, both the segment and the ultra-portable tablet.
Externally, the Inspiron Duo has the dimensions and weight of a conventional netbook with 2.5 / 3 inches thick and weighing 1.54 kilos. Both brands are excessive for a tablet. To finish, we do not explain why he has a big plastic frame around its 10-inch screen when your only connections are two USB ports, making loading and an audio jack of 3.5 mm. No HDMI, or MicroSD, or VGA, or Ethernet, and nothing to explain such a display of housing.
The change of portable tablet is satisfactory but, again, the designers forgot the inspiration at home to set the webcam to the housing so that, in tablet mode, the lens is hidden inside. The Inspiron Duo processor is based on a dual-core Atom N550 with 2GB of Ram and Windows 7. Microsoft’s operating system is best for a tablet, but in this CES we have seen examples like the Asus EeeSlate EP121 (which coincidentally is displayed in front of this) that Windows 7 is invoked as a worthy alternative in touch.
The sense in handling the Inspiron Duo is clumsy and slow. Applications such as electronic book reader do not allow Nook turn pages with your finger, the accelerometer responds too slowly, and the hub of Dell touch applications, called Dell Stage, rather than improve performance further aggravated the time’s excessive load.
We believe that Dell should already be designing a second version of the Inspiron Duo that can compete in the cutthroat market. On this, best to run a veil over its failures and its price 549 euros.