Taichi Asus Tablet Laptop - Review, Details, Hands-On
Asus Taichi Tablet Details:
(Current as of May 2013):
Taichi Release Date: Update - We've just seen the Taichi 31 pass through the FCC. So expect to see the 13-inch model in 3 to 4 weeks in the USA at the earliest. Canada Update - You can now order the Taichi 11.6-inch model with a Core i5 for $1299.99.
Asus has just officially said that the release date has been pushed back to Q1 2013 at the earliest. This is the release date for the 11-inch model Taichi 21. The 13-inch model named Taichi 31, is scheduled for a December release date. UK should be getting the Taichi before Christmas and you can see the source article here.
Price and Models Available To Buy:
Update: According to a new story from Digitimes, Asus has been unable to keep the prices as low as mentioned below. The story suggests that prices are going to be from around $1,500 to $2000 for the Taichi. We haven't had official word yet or preorder pages in North America to confirm the final prices. It appears though that $1,299 is not going to be possible. Stay tuned for updates. Read more here.
$1,299 for the 11.6-inch model with the Intel Core i5 processor (Core i5-3317U) and 128GB storage. (official model number Taichi21-DH51)
$1,499 for the 11.6-inch model with an Intel Core i5 processor (Core i5-3317U) and with 256GB of storage. (officially listed as model Taichi21-DH61)
$1599 for the 11.6-inch model with Intel Core i7 processor (Core i7-3517U), stylus pen and 256GB of storage. (official model number Taichi21-DH71)
Overview of the Taichi tablet: How would you classify the Taichi? Well it's part Ultrabook laptop and it's part tablet. It's like a tablet that is connected to a laptop in a sense. Whatever you want to say it's certainly innovative and unique to the market. I'm pretty sure people are going to call this the Taichi tablet and not the Taichi laptop so it makes sense for it to be on the site. Heck I like it and want to talk about it so it's part of our site! Let me tell you that the Asus Taichi is an absolutely beautiful piece of hardware. It's georgeous! This is a full fledged Ultrabook laptop with an additional display on the lid with a terrific build quality. It's not cheap looking that's for sure.
The key features of the Asus Taichi is that is comes in either an 11.6-inch size or a 13.3-inch size. The 11-inch model comes with a 1920 x 1080 pixel display. These come with either 128GB or 256GB storage configurations. The other various specs include 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA 4000 HD graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, and Intel Wireless Display technology.
It's very thin and light also. At its thickest point it's 17.4mm all the way down to just 3mm thick. The Taichi weighs 1.24kg.
A few interesting features that you will want to know about. First, to make it into tablet mode, you simply close the lid and it will automatically switch to tablet mode. You can switch with the press of a button between the 4 different display modes such as mirror mode, independent display mode, etc. You can lift the lid and open up the Taichi with a single finger. The display which is on the inside is not a touch screen. Regarding using a stylus, the Taichi has 2,540 ppi and 256 level stylus pen. If you care about a backlit keyboard, you will be happy to know the Taichi has that feature also.
If you're wondering about the dual aspect of the Asus Taichi, here's what we know. Both screens can run independently of each other, or the second display on the lid can mirror the primary display. I would imagine running both screens on a fair brightness level would drain the battery quit quickly. More details on battery will come in the near future as the release date nears.
As for the final dimensions and weight, at this time Asus is saying that it's as thin and light as the Asus Zenbook Ultrabooks. With that said we've also read a review which indicated it's quite heavy and may be difficult as a tablet on the lap.
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