Asus Taichi Unveiled at CES 2013

ASUS unveiled its latest products in computing and home entertainment at the International Consumer Electronics Event held at Las Vegas. The list included a range of items such as ASUS TAICHI, Qube, Vivo Smart Tablet, Transformer AiO, and a 24" monitor.

Here is a quick overview of each of ASUS Taichi.

ASUS TAICHI

ASUS TAICHI is a primarily a dual-purpose Ultrabook that boasts of dual-screen capabilities. There are two main variants of ASUS TAICHI – namely Taichi 21 and Taichi 31 - the screen size in each of the models measuring 11.6” and 13.3” respectively. The device sports a touchscreen on the outside, and offers users the dual-purpose of using it as a laptop and as a tablet. The dual screen is powered by IPS/FHD technology. The device comprises of a third generation Intel Core processor, powerful Wi-Fi support, and a superfast SSD storage to give users a high-speed graphic accessibility. Another nice feature of this dual screen Ultrabook is that, it can be easily shared among multiple users in the same network.

Taichi 21 DH51 and Taichi 21 DH71

ASUS Taichi 21 was launched in the market in October at a high price tag. It comes in two main variants – namely the Taichi 21 DH51 and the Taichi 21 DH71. While the DH51 version sports a Third Generation Intel Core-i5 processor, the DH71 features a Third Generation Intel Core-i7 processor. The latter is more advanced than the first in terms of speed, memory and features. Taichi 21 DH51 is comprised of a 128 GB SSD whereas Taichi 21 DH71 encompasses of a 256GB SSD.

Pricing:
Taichi 21 DH51 - $1299
Taichi 21 DH71 - $1599

Taichi 21 looks pretty much like a normal laptop, but performs operations much faster. The device has a dual HD screen – it functions as a desktop PC when the lid is open. It is easy to use this device as an all-encompassing Ultrabook. The device can be used as a tablet by keeping the lid closed. So, the flexibility to operate as a desktop PC and as a tablet is one of the key features of the Taichi 21.

There is a blue hot key – by pressing it, you can let the dual-screen operate in four distinctive modes: Tablet Mode, Notebook Mode¸ Dual Screen Mode, and Mirror Mode.

Pros:
  • Can be used as an Ultrabook and as a tablet
  • Runs on Windows 8
  • Taichi 21 DH71 features the advanced third-generation Intel Core-i5/i7 processor
  • Enables quicker graphic operations with its Intel HD4000
  • Dual-screen capability with a full-HD multi-touch screen offering a picture resolution of 1080p

Cons:
  • Battery dies out much faster because of the use of dual screens
  • Emits a lot of heat
  • The device is high-priced for the normal users – It’s better for moderate users to purchase any of the high-end gaming systems that are available in the market. The Taichi is definitely priced higher than most of its competitors

Verdict – Though the device is a bit expensive, we feel that the portable features and the superfast functionalities would make it a worthy investment – mainly for people who wouldn’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for top-class performance.

Rating: 4/5

This is a guest post is brought to you by Samantha Kirk, a writer for Centurylink Internet. Samantha provides up to date content and information for high-speed internet, phone services, bundles and other Centurylink offers.
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