Price: Rs 1,39,990
Specs: Windows 8 Pro, 2x 11.6-inch 1080p screens, Intel Core i7-3517U, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 5MP 1080p camera
Windows 8 led to the creation of a whole new bunch of devices that twisted, turned or tore to bring the touch screen closer to the user. Asus thinks there is another solution to the problem, necessitated by the need to bring the screen closer to the user. Just add another screen to the rear. We are talking about the Asus Taichi, a dual screen convertible which can become a tablet by just shutting its clamshell model.
THE TWO SCREENS
Though it looks like any other Ultrabook, it won't take you long to notice the shiny top on the clamshell. This is the tablet side of the device with an 11.6-inch 1080p display. Yes, there is a second screen on the outside, thankfully under a sheath of Corning Fit Glass. Open the clamshell and flick the power toggle on the right to bring this device to life. You click a dedicated Taichi Home button to open the controls. This is where you decide how you want to use the screens. You have the option to choose the regular laptop mode, or mirror the laptop screen outside as well or have two different things on both screens.
There are a few catches though. Only, the outer tablet screen has touch, the inner screen is just 11.6-inch 1080p with no touch. This is a dampener, especially since the laptop side will be your primary screen for all practical purposes. Then, we were unable to do different things on both screens. By extending the primary screen we could show a presentation or open a video on the back screen, but not work on anything there.
Despite the two screens I find it hard to find why people would need to use both of them at the same time. The only use case scenarios I could think of was a travelling salesman or a tuition teacher, both of whom won't be able to afford this device. Plus, with the two screens you have to keep ensuring that you are not mirroring stuff when you don't want to. That could be really embarrassing.
The Taichi makes sense for those who want to use a laptop as a tablet, despite the weight of the device. Just shutting the screen to shift to the tablet mode is very natural. And, the device intuitively switches the content to the tablet screen as you shut down the clamshell. Plus, there is a stylus which works well with the Windows 8 handwriting recognition.