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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, November 26, 2012
This review is from: ASUS Taichi 21-DH71 11-Inch Convertible 2in1 (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
I met a guy in Chengdu doing some work for a big "Century City" thing there; he somehow got ahold of one of these - anyway, you wonder how I got it and that's how. To sum up, it's a good idea and all but I'd rather have a twist/yoga-type. You can't even write on the inner screen - you have to flip the thing down for touch features, then flip it back up for typing, over and over - it sucks; no swiping through Windows 8 and then typing something or whatever - not unless you want to flip or run behind your computer over and over. It also doesn't feel equivalent to ipad balance/feel when in tablet mode, it feels like you're holding two stacked ipads or something - and you can feel more heat and churning (vibrations/sounds) of the computer more. This one says it's 11.6 inches but mine is around 13", which just makes the whole thing feel too awkwardly large (and heavy) to hold - maybe 11.6" is a better feel. I don't see how one could not fear the outer screen getting dinged up without some screen protector, and the pen has to use batteries - which sucks. It is indeed a good, thin, non-touch laptop with an awesome view on its non-touch screen, with a permanently-exposed-to-the-elements very nice crisp Windows tablet on the other side of the top. Hopefully some people will find some good use for this type of setup; I'm sure it has some awesome uses that I just haven't needed but others do.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 11:03:33 PM PST
StevenNg says:
Would you want to resell it to me? You can use this $ to buy the Yoga.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:23:35 AM PST
_____ says:
Ha, that's a good idea, but my wife and kids think this one's super cool so I don't want to get hated on for taking it away - plus I just bought a vivobook (no twisting, but oh well). I don't really use tablets much anyway, so probably under-appreciate the uses.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:50:54 AM PST
Yehia says:
I don't see any possible way/scenario of writing "On" the inner screen even if it is touch enabled, you got the keyboard with the inner screen, who would reach out over it and writes on a touch keyboard on the screen itself? You can swipe through Windows 8 using the mouse pad then type something using the physical keyboard. Or flip it as you'd flip Lenovo Yoga.

The Yoga also feels like 2 stacked ipads, it has the same heat and vibrations and almost the same weight. Generally this is the same as the Yoga or Dell XPS convertible model and any other convertible ultrabook, more power requires more weight, a keyboard requires thicker body. That's why there are tablets, without power, without thickness, and they're as small, light and quiet as you'd want them to be.

My point is don't treat or expect this to be your iPad, this is much more powerful device and thus it needs more weight to accomplish that.

Also I surely hope this isn't a fake review, because god, those reviews of products that didn't even get launched yet, especially after considering you're talking about the 13.3 model which is still a month away after the 11.6 launch which still didn't happen too!, just increase the fake-meter, people just don't happen to be walking around Chengdu or other cities with unreleased products selling it/giving it like that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 9:32:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 6:58:56 AM PST
_____ says:
Thanks; it wasn't just a random dude walking the streets or something. Probably isn't even the same thing and I'm talking about a totally different product (disclaimer). Anyway, an iPad is an iPad and this isn't - you're right - I'm just saying it's hard to hold, such as while standing. And you're right there isn't much use in swiping/writing when a keyboard and all is right there, but people like and buy touchscreens a lot. I must admit my bias in thinking touchscreening dumbs down computer use in general, just as a mouse is much slower than using the keyboard for most circumstances.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 9:50:31 AM PST
Vance Taylor says:
It would perfect for me as a software B2B sales professional as I would no longer have to ship an external monitor to trade shows, I could demo my product using the dual screen functionality of the laptop "lid". Awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 5:23:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 5:25:25 AM PST
_____ says:
Yeah that's really awesome. An 11.6" I'd guess would be only for if the person was a handshakes distance or so away. I would just say to check a demo 13.3" before buying one, and evaluate what you think is the maximum distance your audience would be able to comfortably view. The resolution is good - and seems even better on the tablet side of the "lid," so things are indeed easier to see than, say, another 13.3" with less resolution. My guesstimate is that about 5 feet (a little less than the length of a couch) would be the maximum distance an audience should be from this screen. Still, this thing's presence alone will surely attract people to your booth to check it out - then you can sell them a soft super cooler! -jk.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:29:39 PM PST
GEF08738a says:
Post a photo or I tend to agree with the other person who thinks this is a fake review of an unreleased product.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 2:57:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 3:08:46 PM PST
_____ says:
Think it is fake, it matters not to me. Then my pics will be juded as fake or not, it will go on the same. The other yehia commenter seemed to know much more than I, and so may have some primo money shots ready to go anyway. I rarely write reviews, but thought I had some duty or something in this case because of the unique situation of having one early, and seeing the advertisements imply that the inner screen is touch. They do not say it is, but certainly do not say it isn't. I'm here to say mine isn't. Maybe they're changing it to touch now which is delaying things, who knows - seems that would be some trouble though. I got this one in June if that matters.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 8:29:05 PM PST
Yehia says:
I don't think it's fake anymore, fake reviewers don't comment back. It seems he really got an early peta version, specially judging from the date at which he got it.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 10:04:47 AM PST
The Yoga and the XPS convertible seems to be nice, but a notebook with a glare display is a no-go. The Taichi has a non-glare display for working, a shinny touchscreen and is light like a ultrabook (11.6" is much lighter than the 13" according to the asus website).
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