Yet another Windows 8 device is now available for pre-order and as with most tablet-laptop hybrid device designed specifically keeping Windows 8 in mind, the Asus Taichi hybrid laptop has an interesting design. While most Windows 8 hybrid devices turn from laptop to tablet and vice versa by turning, twisting and sliding mechanisms, the Taichi is a one of a kind, dual screen Windows 8 device. The display unit has a touch screen on both sides, becoming a tablet when you simply ‘close the lid.’
Asus Taichi 21 features a 11.6 inch IPS Full HD, 10-point touch display (1920X1080) on both sides. Taichi 21 comes with Asus Simple Show technology, which allows both displays two be kept on at all times if required. This provides an easy method to display what you are doing to others, ideal for showing photos, videos and making presentations. The device also sports an attractive design and build quality, with the use of both polished and brushed aluminium for the chassis. Taichi 21 weighs in at 2.75 pounds or 1.27 kgs.
In terms of performance, the Taichi 21 belongs to the high-end category, available in the choice of either a 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor, with a clock speed of 1.7GHz) or an Intel Core i7-3517U unit, clocked at 1.9GHz. The device comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM and SATA III 128GB solid state disk, with an option to opt for a 256GB SSD unit.
In terms of physical connectivity, Taichi 21 provides two USB 3.0 ports and a micro-HDMI port. The device also sports a 5MP camera.
Considering the Asus Taichi 21 is powered by an Intel Core processor and also sports dual displays, battery backup is not among its USPs. It’s 6-cell battery unit provides 5 hours of backup, compared to regular Ultrabooks that provide up to 8 hours.
Asus Taichi 21 is now available for pre-order at Amazon, B&H, NewEgg and TigerDirect or via the official website. The base model with the i5, 1.7Ghz processor and 128GB SSD is available for $1,300, while the i7 and 256GB SSD model will set you back by $1,600.