Dell Introduces The Inspiron Duo – A Convertable Unlike Any Other

I got a press release from Dell this morning that announced their new Inspiron Duo which is a computer that converts from a tablet to a computer with a keyboard. Here’s what Dell had to say about the computer:

Sporting a unique, flip-hinge design, the Inspiron duo combines the simplicity of a tablet, the functionality of a full keyboard and the convenience of a dock so you can switch seamlessly from touch to type to dock mode in seconds. The tri-mode functionality is perfect for those who crave productivity yet also want the fun, interactive nature of a touch screen offering easy access to movies, TV shows, social-networking sites and more.

Here’s the specs:

•              10.1-inch HD (1366×768) display with capacitive multi-touch and HD accelerator for smooth HD playback; flips from touch to type
•              Windows® 7 Home Premium installed
•              Dell duo Stage software
•              Integrated 1.3MP Webcam and digital microphone
•              Two USB 2.0 ports; one headphone port
•              Intel® AtomTM N550 dual core processor (1.5GHz)
•              250GB, 5400 RPM and 320GB, 7200 RPM hard drive options (vary by region)
•              2GB RAM DIMM DDR3 800 MHz
•              Colors: Foggy Night standard; optional Fastback Red, Marlin Blue
•              Optional Inspiron™ duo Audio Station dock with 7 in 1 card reader, JBL speakers, two additional USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet adapter; charges battery while displaying photos or digital alarm clock

Another key feature is their duo Stage user interface:

The new interface presents instant access to collections of music, photos, videos, games, e-books and other applications. For instance:

·         Touching the MusicStage tile reveals an individual’s personal music collection.
·         The VideoStage organizes personal videos and downloaded TV shows and movies and gives people the ability to purchase or rent content directly from partners like CinemaNow in the United States.
·         The PhotoStage includes integrated social networking capabilities through Facebook and Flickr so people can upload their latest photos or view pictures of their friends.
·         BookStage provides a central location for storing and purchasing e-books (available in the U.S. and U.K.).

All in all, it sounds like a computer that should garner attention in the New Year. Expect to spend $549 on one. If you want the optional dock, it will set you back $649. If this has you interested, check out the video here.

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