Earlier today we saw ASUS’ very daring and innovative notebook, the ASUS Taichi, which features not just one screen but two for double the Windows 8 fun.
This cool-looking Ultrabook has a back-to-back dual-screen design, with the outer screen capable of 10-finger multitouch. That’s two 11.6-inch Full HD screens in one lid so you can convert it to a tablet simply by closing the lid. Even if you’re using it as a tablet, you won’t feel the full notebook size as it tapers to a mere 3mm thickness with a weight of just 1.25kg.
To further increase productivity, the outer screen on the ASUS Taichi uses an N-trig digitizer to track both stylus and 10-point multitouch input, and can support up to 256 pressure levels with the battery-powered DuoSense Pen. Don’t really know why they chose N-trig here but used a Wacom digitizer on their Intel-based VivoTab. Anyway, the pen performed admirably well during our short stint playing with it.
Powering the ASUS Taichi is a dual-core Intel Core i7-3517U processor with integrated graphics and 4GB RAM to go with 256GB SSD. For wireless connectivity you’ll get Dual-band Wi-Fi with Intel WiDi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Just like other premium ASUS notebooks, the Taichi also sports ASUS SonicMaster technology, developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for high-quality sound on a portable device. This Ultrabook also features a 5-megapixel autofocus camera that can do 1080p video recording and a secondary 720p camera. You’ll also appreciate its noise-suppressing array microphone for a crystal-clear video chat. Battery life on the Taichi is rated at 5 hours.
Application time. Frankly speaking, aside from showing what you’re working on with a small group of people inside a meeting room, I couldn’t think of any use of a back-to-back screen. Maybe for playing Battleships? Or face-to-face Skype? Hehehe.
If you’re interested in owning the ASUS Taichi, prepare to shell out a cool Php85,995.
|ASUS Taichi Specs:|
|Intel Core i7-3517U dual-core 1.90GHz (3.0GHz Turbo Boost)|
|Windows 8 Pro|
|11.6″ 1920 x 1080 with 10 fingers Touch (280 nits on notebook / 250 nits on tablet)|
|4GB DDR3 RAM|
|Intel HD 4000 graphics|
|ASUS SonicMaster technology|
|Dual-band Wi-Fi with Intel WiDi|
|5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording|
|2 port x USB 3.0, miniVGA, microHDMI|
|HD 720p Webcam|
|35Whr (Up to 5 hours)|