back to article Dell rings up spin-screen Duo at £449

Dell hasn't yet said how much it'll ask for its netbook-cum-tablet Inspiron Duo over here, but it's offering Arqiva employees them for £449 a pop, we hear. Arqiva is the company that owns the UK's terrestrial TV and radio transmitter network. Employees who take up Dell on its offer will get a JBL docking station freebie. Dell …

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FAIL

Not user-proof

Users will flip that screen and use the surround as a handle! Mark my words!

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FAIL

Hinge Half Life

I'd give the pivotting hinge 5 mins tops before it becomes a two piece laptop.

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Worst of both worlds?

It'll be weighty, it looks bulky, it has an Atom CPU and big bloaty x86 OS.

Really, it's just a netbook with a gimmic and nothing more.

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Worst of both worlds?

As a tablet it's way too large and heavy to use comfortably, plus the battery life is awful. Also, I saw a video review on another site, and the software was very slow to react to touches.

As a laptop it's way too big and heavy for the netbook spec you're getting, plus the battery life is awful.

Shame, because it's an interesting design.

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Anonymous Coward

Going to wait for the full review...

but things don't look so good so far. Assuming it's as bad as it sounds... it's a shame.

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Welcome

humm

strangely reminiscent of a cat flap

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Hmmm indeed

Funny cat you've got there, mate.

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What prize

What prize for the first user to open it from tablet mode and complain their computers broken

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To Be known as

The 7730 error

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Joke

Looks like

a Velux window to me!

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Price confirmed

I've just had an e-mail from Dell, which stated the price at £449. Can't purchase it just yet though.

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IF...

If it's as good as an Eee 1000HE it will be worth looking at.

BUT... I hear early reports say the battery is crap.

I'm still getting anywhere from 6-8 hours on a single charge on my 1000HE which is a good year old at least. And I use it daily, from reading El Reg on the bog to visual studio stuff.

Only gripe I have with the 1000HE is that it's solely 32 bit and I've got to build and test 64 bit code on another machine, no biggie just yet but one day I expect windows will be predominantly 64 bit, which is why I'm following this Dell thingy with some interest.

Been trying to find an upgrade candidate (don't need to, but hey, don't we all like looking?) but so far, I've found nothing. So, slightly off topic but if anyone has any good ideas, go ahead and post 'em :)

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