You can either hate or love the Taichi, Asus' peculiar convertible laptop. The fact that it is on sale at PC World (and is essentially being cleared out for £1,200 after a 20 per cent discount) means that not many have warmed up to its novel idea; the fact that you can have two screens on a laptop, on each side of the cover.
In theory, having two full HD 11.6in IPS displays back-to-back is a great idea; could be great for presentations or as a tablet but the reality is different. In presentations, you tend to read notes standing up with the screen at an angle which makes it all but impossible for the audience to read the other screen.
Plus adding another display makes the laptop heavier and with a poorer battery life. Still, Asus managed to cram into a chassis that weighs a mere 1.25Kg the following: two displays, an Intel Core i7-3517U processor (1.9GHz, Turbo boost to 3.1GHz, 4MB cache), 4GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, a card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA, a rear five-megapixel camera, a stylus pen and a battery life of five hours. Check out our preview of ASUS Taichi 31 here.
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