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Dell Inspiron Duo coming in December for $550

By Emil
Nov 18, 2010
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  1. The Dell Inspiron Duo should go up for pre-order sometime soon and start shipping out the first week of December, according to Engadget. The base model, which includes a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator, 250GB of storage, two USB ports, one audio jack, and Windows 7 Home Premium, will start at $549 (£449). If you want to configure it with a larger hard drive and add the JBL speaker-dock we saw in

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  2. bioflex

    bioflex TS Rookie Posts: 70

    i wish i could afford one of these elegant netbooks, and i think the price is just right if you ask me
     
  3. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Argh! Stop producing netbooks, OEMs! They look awesome, but if I'm not going to buy them, what's the point?
     
  4. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    The point is OEMs sell to more people than just you.
     
  5. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    See above. Your not the only person on the planet you know.
     
  6. Psychodan

    Psychodan TS Rookie

    The price sounds like it is close to what it should be, but I think we will be able to decide better once we see how it performs in some real world test. I for one will be watching this closely.
     
  7. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    So $550 in the states equates to $999 in Oz..because you know the Australian dollar isn't at parity or anything...ffs.
     
  8. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 956   +273

    This is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab at the moment... with more power, memory, AND Windows 7 instead of free Android OS. This looks like a win-win to me. I'm not convinced on the "convertible" concept yet, i'll have to try it in person. I appears like it could be clumbsy and subject to reliability issues if not babied and cared for. Those twist-able micro ribbon cables only last so long before a lead breaks and your SOL at that point.

    However if the price will be decent or even lower, and it has a good quality display with good viewing angles, I could see this in my hands over many of the tablets that will be coming out.

    And sorry for you folks in Aussie land... that's no good. Perhaps you need to get hired by a company that frequently needs to ship you over to the states for a week or two. :)
     
  9. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    I think it's a good price point - above the low end netbooks, below the full-fledged notebooks, and on parity with the reported pricing of many tablets hitting the market. However, you can't judge cost effectiveness until we get some actual operation specs like battery life and general speed. Need to know if it's zippy and lasts long enough to be useful, before I know if it's worth the $$. I still think I'll wait a generation and see if they throw together a system powered by either Intel or AMD's new APUs. Now THAT could be a nice little package :)

    Oh, and @IAMTHESTIG - As someone who has had nightmares with heavy-handed employees who manage to keep breaking the "spin and flip" hinge on some current convertible tablets, I can relate to your quality concerns. But, as an engineer, I can't help but be happy there are 2 pivot points for stability now. I think the main issue with this design will be people getting careless and flipping the thing too hard.
     

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