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Dell made its cool Inspiron Duo convertible netbook official yesterday with the machine hitting sale status on the Dell.com website. This little convertible netbook is the basic netbook under its skin, but has a really cool convertible screen mechanism.
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Rather than the entire screen rotating and swiveling around to fold flat, the screen simply pivots on a hinge in the middle to change to tablet mode. That makes changing orientations quick and easy. The machine will rotate the screen to portrait or landscape modes when in table mode.
“Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and the content they love from almost anywhere,” said Sam Burd, vice president, Dell Consumer, Small and Medium Business Product Group. “The new Inspiron duo’s dual purpose delivers one-touch access to great content and yet offers the functionality of a full keyboard for more intensive applications. We’re excited to offer such an innovative and unique design to our customers.”
The Duo runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has a dual-core processor running the show. The rig alone will start at $549 and if you wrap in the optional dock you are looking at a starting price of $649. The rig will land in the UK on December 2 and other countries later. The only place you can buy the Duo in a store will be a Microsoft Store. If you don’t have one of those in your area it's online only for you.
The full features of the Duo include a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 screen that is multi-touch capable. The device has a 1.3MP webcam, dual USB 2.0 ports, an Atom N550 CPU, 250GB of storage with a 320GB option, and 2GB of RAM. The optional audio dock has speakers from JBL, two more USB ports, and a memory card reader along with an Ethernet adapter.