Asus' latest experiment packs a bunch of sex appeal, grafting a Windows slate onto the lid of a normal laptop. But will it sell?
The Taichi presents a different take on the now expected "pull the screen out of a laptop to turn it into a tablet" trick. When you close the lid, a screen under the glass lights up, presenting a full HD, (In-Plane Switching) IPS touchscreen. The form factor is impressively narrow, although we weren't able to ascertain how much it weighs or whether it's comfortable to use in this mode.
We suspect Windows is treating the second screen as it would a second monitor, with some extra Asus software thrown into the mix, as we saw both screens run simultaneously as well. Mirroring your display on the back could have fascinating applications — an easy way to broadcast your screen to the world.
Paired with a third generation Intel Core processor and dual-band Wi-Fi, we can't see this being cheap, and running both screens at once will absolutely be a significant drain on the battery. But the most important question is — would you buy one?
It's not limited to Metro; you can run the normal Windows desktop there, as well. We're unsure of the exact relationship between the screens — the press release mentions that closing the lid turns it into tablet mode, but we saw both screens operating simultaneously. We suspect that Windows will treat it as a normal, multi-monitor system.
The most dangerous things are locked away. Here, you can see the backlit keyboard, and how consistent Asus' design language has become. The roots of almost all of its newly announced products can be found in the original Asus Transformer.