The Dell Inspiron Duo is a hybrid netbook/tablet built around a 10.1in 1366x776 multi-touch display, which flips around, niftily turning the netbook into a tablet. In effect it’s giving you the convenience of the iPad with the practicality and connectability that comes with owning and operating a PC.
An Intel Atom N550 dual-core 1.5GHz processor powers the Duo, while an HD acceleration processor allows the device to play back HD video without stuttering. As well as housing the flippable screen the bezel also houses a 1.3 megapixel webcam along with a digital microphone.
As well as offering a hearty 2GB of DDR3 RAM, the Duo is available with 240GB or 320GB of hard drive storage, which is plenty for a machine of this size.
The device comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed along with Dell's own Duo Stage software. This software has been designed to iron out any usability problems that may occur when using the predominantly desktop-oriented Windows 7 operating system on a small screen touch-enabled device.
An already attractive package is made even better with the availability of an optional docking station, which has integrated JBL speakers, a 7-in-1 card reader, an additional pair of USB 2.0 ports and an wired Ethernet connection plus with the ability to charge the netbook.
And for those who like their machines to come in fancy colours the Duo is available in the intriguingly named ‘Foggy Night’, ‘Fastback Red’, and ‘Marlin Blue’.
The Dell Inspiron Duo is available for $549, with the JBL dock bundle an extra $100.