5 posts • joined Tuesday 2nd December 2008 21:50 GMT
I bought my netbook based on size and functionality. Price was a lesser consideration because I wanted it to be my only mobile device, beside my cell phone. I got the then brand-new Dell Inspiron Duo (with the cool convertable touchscreen). It's not perfect, but it's a great size for use on an airplane, and battery life is adequate now, and pretty good compared to competition back then. If I was looking for a replacement, I'd probably go with one of Samsung's ATIV PCs http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/ativ_pc.html . Totally agree with your price comment. There's really nothing available on the market anymore that is cheap first and feature-filled second. Certianly nothing like the EEEs of (long) ago.
Finally, a level-headed review of the Duo
(Full disclosure -- I own one.)
Good job, Reg! Every review of the Duo I read either comes at it as if it were a tablet, and says it's too bulky, or as a laptop and says it's not powerful enough. It's neither.
Yes, the battery is terrible. Yes, it needs video out (at least). Yes, it's a bit awkward to use as a tablet. Yes, you should remove all Dell-branded software before you do anything else with it. Everything other issue mentioned has been a non-issue for me.
There's several different marks that hardware is designed to hit (desktop replacement, laptop, netbook, tablet), and the Duo hits right between several of these. If you think of it as a very nice netbook with a gimmicky screen, it starts to make sense. Also, that touchscreen works in laptop-mode, too, which comes in useful in several cases.
If Dell can address the 4 problems I've mentioned (or just the first 3 -- I'll be removing their software anyway) in the next version, they'll have a real winner.
I'd wait for the second iteration
I own one. pre-ordered it, actually. You're right about the battery life, and the reviewer is right about the lack of ports. If Dell makes a second iteration, you can bet those 2 issues will be addressed. What I'm interested in is a spin of Android 3.0 for it. There's a build of Android 2.1 for it that boots almost instantly, and is quite snappy, and would be perfect for use for a quick webbrowser. Anything more, windows 7 loads in about a minute.
There is no spoon.
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You're mistaken on the X.org Nvidia comment
First off, if you had been correct, then you should have also stated that you'd just be losing support for the nvidia LEGACY driver that powers kit over 4 years old (roughly).
Second, as of 10/29, Nvidia released a 32 and 64 bit version of the legacy driver that's compatible with X.org -> http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=1826678