Asus founder Jonney Shih took to the stage this afternoon in New York City to unveil a slew of Windows 8 computers, including a dockable tablet (Asus Vivo Tab RT), a lightweight notebook (Asus VivoBook), and an all-in-one PC. But the star of the show was clear the Asus Taichi dualscreen convertible ultrabook/tablet that can display two screens simultaneously, making even the laptop a social gadget.
The 2.75-pound Asus Taichi features an 11.6-inch screen that’s equipped with Intel Core i5, 128GB of solid state drive, Intel graphics, 10-finger touch capacitive display, and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s also got a 5-megapixel front-facing camera capable of capturing 1080p HD video while the inside cam records in 720p. Did we mention an integrated Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speaker? Battery life takes a backseat for powering two screens, however, coming in at just five hours per charge.
While most Windows 8 laptops have a button on the keyboard that takes you to the Windows Metro UI, once you close the laptop, the outer screen will automatically switch on to whatever you were working on from the inside screen. You have the option of turning this off, of course, as well as the ability to lock auto-screen rotation. At the top corner of the display, you can also jump into the Asus’s own UI which will let you select screen sharing options. Here, you can choose Display Modes, such as turning on just the outer or inner screen, or a Mirror Mode that turns both screens on at the same time with the same content. The fourth option lets you display two different screens between the outer and inner screens, making it easy to share the laptop between two people or play games with one laptop.
It’s unlike many laptops we’ve seen, and certainly have its unique perks. Those who are afraid of getting scratches on their laptop might want to think twice about being extra cautious around using the Asus Taichi. The hybrid laptop slash tablet ships in November, and starts at $1,300 while the maxed out version with Intel Core i7, a stylus, and 256GB of SSD bumps up to $1,600.
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