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Dell 10-inch Inspiron Duo convertible netbook due next week

updated 06:15 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Hybrid netbook-tablet set to drop November 23

Dell is expected to launch its 10-inch Inspiron Duo on November 23 according to a CNET report. The netbook tablet cross aims to give users the best of both worlds when it comes to combing work and entertainment on the go. It features a clever swivel hinge that allows the display to be flipped converting the Duo from netbook to tablet and back again.

It is said to pack Intel's latest 1.5GHz dual-core Atom, which should help it deliver a better user experience when running Windows 7. However, a factor that may influence its success could be its weight. Many netbooks weigh in at around 2.8 pounds, while the new tablet form-factor Apple iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and has a screen nearly as large as most netbooks.

While pricing details have yet to emerge, the specifications would suggest a sub-$500 price-point, although it remains to be seen what sort of premium Dell will charge for its innovative dual-purpose functionality.

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  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Dell? Uninspiron.

    And by the looks of it highly breakable.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    And don't forget...

    it is all in the OS. A Windows 7 tablet? Meh!

  1. xmlaroux

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    Truely innovative

    If Apple thought of this you two would be crapping in your pants for it.

    It is the best of both worlds. the 1.5lb of the iPad is a pain to hold for long periods, and don't lie.. you know it.
    A full keyboard is best for a lot of typing, and the 10" screen sucks to type on with the Ipad, don't lie... you know it.
    Windows 7 has more apps that the iPad... don't lie, you know it.

    this is truely an innovative product.

    Don't be a hater... or else you sould like all the ihaters...

  1. chefpastry

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    @ xmlaroux

    Um... It's the same dude.

  1. iphonerulez

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    I don't know about hating it but I certainly don't

    want it. I'm not going to want any tablet that runs Windows 7. At least it sports a dual-core Atom which I won't pass judgment on until I try it to see if it's fast enough. I'm not trying to pinch pennies so I'd buy both a notebook and a tablet and not have to compromise on a two in one design. Some may consider this design the best of both worlds, but to me it seems like the worst of both worlds. I'd consider it if it could dual boot WP7/Android and Windows 7. As it is now, it's just like any other netvertible with a faster Atom processor. I'm sure that this is not what consumers are looking for and sales will not be good for this model.

  1. devlin_du_GEnie

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    Hardly innovative

    Microsoft was touting hardware designs like this from its partners when Windows XP for Tablet PCs debuted in 2002. Those designs failed in the market then and they'll fail now -- heavy, fragile, clunky.

    Always carrying around the keyboard dock for your tablet, now there's a winning proposition.

  1. cmoney

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    Truth be told

    This is a form factor I'd like to see with the MacBook Air. In fact the first thing I thought of when the 11" Air was released was a ModBook Air 11".

    But truth be told, the biggest reason I want a tablet Mac is because there's no Flash on the iPad. Which means none of the TV websites--especially NBC and CBS--work on the iPad. Hulu Plus is really Hulu Minus and Apple's TV rental offerings are anemic at best.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Re: xmlaroux, four words for ya:

    Dude, it's a Dell!

    'Nuff said.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    If Apple Thought Of This ...

    I know I'd be crapping in my pants. Period. Not for it. More as in "WTF?"

    The big innovation here is that they thought of a new hinge. Yeah, I can barely hear Steve Jobs chewing out Jonny Ive and canceling Ive's Xmas bonus over all the laughter.

    But fear not, iPad users! You too can get the same experience as anyone who buys an Insipideron Duover!! Simply:

    - Lug an external keyboard around with you everywhere which you keep at the ready beneath your iPad whenever you're using it.
    - Intentionally touch things on the screen that are not active. Also, intentionally touch the wrong things on the screen. This will help to reduce your productivity to levels that are more in line with using a Windows-based OS on a touchscreen device.
    - As you approach two hours of use, power your iPad off and reconnect the charger for 5 hours.
    - Once a week for the first month hit the power switch in the middle of your work. Act surprised. Reconnect your charger, delete all of your data, and restore all factory settings. This will simulate Windows virus/malware and stability problems.
    - Beginning in the second month, increase the routine in the previous step to once every 4 days. This will simulate being a Dell user who still hasn't returned their Duover.

  1. vasic

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    Married to an idea

    HP, Dell, IBM (at the time), Compaq (at the time) had been trying the swivel screen before. MS had a tablet version of XP, almost 8 years ago. My place of work always goes for new things, so we bought a couple of HP swivel-screen tablets. People really tried using the touch-screen feature (with stylus), but gave up, swiveled the screen into laptop mode and used the device as an ordinary laptop.

    This idea has been thoroughly tested and has consistently failed. Dell seems to be so enamored with the idea that they will continue to sink money into it. For the life of me, I cannot imagine why they believe it will now succeed. Do they honestly believe that back then, it was an idea before its time?????

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