Dell Inspiron Duo review: Dell Inspiron Duo

We could normally get away with it for basic computing tasks, but when you consider that the Duo has to power a higher-resolution touch screen with only the Atom N550 and basic Intel integrated graphics (although there's a Broadcom video chip to help with video playback), the sluggish performance makes sense. That said, when set up as a traditional laptop, the Inspiron Duo performs about as well as other Netbooks. It's only the touch-interface tools that seem especially slow.

Those looking for the kind of instant-gratification tactile feedback provided by the iPad shouldn't get their hopes up. Tablets need either much more powerful components, or operating systems designed for their hardware, instead of touch interfaces slapped over Windows 7.

Juice box
Dell Inspiron Duo Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.6
Sleep (10%) 0.83
Idle (25%) 6.13
Load (05%) 16.49
Raw kWh number 24.53
Annual power consumption cost $2.78

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron Duo
$2.78 
Samsung NF310-A01
$3.17 
HP Mini 5103
$3.20 
Gateway LT3201u
$3.91 

Any Netbook worth a look should run 4 or more hours on a single charge; after all, these portable systems are designed to travel with you all day, and use very low-power components. However, in our video playback battery drain test, the Dell Inspiron Duo ran for only 2 hours and 18 minutes. Even making allowances for the power overhead the touch screen requires, that's not nearly long enough for a 10-inch laptop.

Dell includes a very basic one-year warranty with the Inspiron Duo. Adding in-home service costs $50, and expanding that in-home service plan to three years is $239 (or for $250, you can include accidental damage protection). Dell's Web-based tech support sections are generally easy to find and well-organized, with driver updates, FAQS, and online chat.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 5103
598 
Dell Inspiron Duo
601 
Samsung NF310-A01
688 

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
112 
Dell Inspiron Duo
113 
HP Mini 5103
113 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Mini 5103
2,419 
Dell Inspiron Duo
2,430 
Gateway LT3201u
2,493 
Samsung NF310-A01
2,947 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
848 
HP Mini 5103
859 
Dell Inspiron Duo
869 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung NF310-A01
251 
HP Mini 5103
162 
Dell Inspiron Duo
138 

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron Duo
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Samsung NF310-A01
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Gateway LT3201u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K125; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One D255-1203
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1015PN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP Mini 5103
Windows 7 Professional; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Dell Inspiron Duo

Part Number: FNDOIZ1 Released: Dec. 1, 2010
MSRP: $549.00 Low Price: $499.99 See all prices

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