Asus Tai Chi Ultrabook

Today we have the Asus TaiChi, a two screen hybrid notebook and tablet in one! Let’s take a look around the device.

With the lid closed, the Taichi looks like a reasonably slim notebook, and it weighs around the weight of an average Ultrabook.. Opening the lid reveals a keyboard that’s backlit when active and large, wide touchpad. It’s powered by a third gen Intel i5 or i7 processor, and uses a 128 gigabyte SSD drive. The processor is actually the same as those used in Ultrabooks.

Looking around the sides, we have a headphone and mic socket, USB 3 port and volume toggle. There’s also a switch here that prevents the lid screen from being accidentally turned on. A speaker grill sits just below the edge. On the other side there’s the power socket, another USB 3 port, micro HDMI and power toggle.

The notebook screen is an 11.6 inch 1920 x 1080 display, and text and images look very crisp and clear. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the lid, and a high def camera capable of 720p video on the notebook side.

In notebook mode, the touchpad can be used to navigate different Window 8 functions, like charms, recents apps and managing open apps.

Now let’s look at the most intriguing aspect of this notebook – the touchscreen display on the lid. This can be used in three different ways, all through the blue light on the top row here, which controls the way the two displays work. Mode 1 is standard notebook mode, which basically is for using the TaiChi as a notebook, with the lid display not on at all.

Mode 2 is tablet mode, which you’d use with the lid closed, and activates just the top display. The lid screen is also a 1920 by 1080 IPS display, so rich colours and details are very apparent. Using both hands, you’d use your thumbs to swipe apps on the left, and open the charm bar on the right.

As it’s a fairly large tablet, there is a split keyboard for easy text input. The display can be rotated around and even in portrait mode for reading. The capacitive screen is smooth and responsive, and bright as well.

The next mode on the blue button is mirror mode. This displays whatever you’re working on, on the outward screen. This way, the display simply duplicates what’s on the monitor, be it a spreadsheet, or a powerpoint.

The third mode is the dual screen mode. This is an interesting mode where the lid screen becomes a kind of extended monitor, similar to how you would use extended monitor on a notebook, with the second monitor being used as an extension of the desktop space.

So, some applications here could be someone watching YouTube or a movie on one side, while another person works on a word document or spreadsheet on the other. In fact, we found that if the notebook display stayed within the desktop app, the person on the lid display side could do pretty much anything within the Windows 8 environment, use other apps, browse the internet.

So as you can see, the TaiChi from Asus isn’t just a tablet or notebooks, but offers enhancements in both productivity and entertainment. Using the desktop mode for the notebook side for work, closing the lid and using the touch screen for casual app use, and then using both screens to either share content or use simultaneously for different purposes show you how flexible the Taichi can be in your connected life.

So come on in to your nearest Bing Lee store, or purchase online right now!

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