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December 18, 2012

Second encounter with the Asus Taichi

Ever since I first saw the Asus Taichi during Computex in June, I’ve always wondered how the dual-screen form factor would work and be practical. Since then, we’ve had several encounters with the Taichi but only recently we’ve had enough time playing with it.

Asus’ concept with the Taichi was hedged on the idea that Windows 8 allows for a seemless experience between the tablet and the PC. With the Taichi, you get a regular functional laptop (ultrabook) and then use the 2nd screen (the back side of the lid) as a tablet.

This approach offers a dual-purpose machine that acts both as a regular laptop and a touch-screen Windows 8 laptop.

Right out of the box, the Taichi is an impressive ultrabook. It’s very thin and feel even lighter than the 11.6-inch Zenbook Prime and Macbook Air that I’ve been using for months. The chassis feels very solid with that aluminum material. The edge is less prominent with the wedged-shaped design compared to the Zenbook.

The display at the back of the lid gives it glossy look that’s very prone to smudges and fingerprint. The Windows 8 logo is also prominent at the bottom end (surprisingly, no Asus logo in there). The front panel display is not touch-screen, like the one at the back.

You could get a bit confused between the two screens that you’d sometimes mistake which one has the touchscreen and which is not.

We obviously think there’s some much-needed learning curve here since the case-use for the tablet-ultrabook hybrid of this kind is really unique. Either you treat the device as a pure ultrabook an then switch the Windows 8 tablet when the lid is completely closed. We have yet to see a solid practical use for the dual-screen mode though. Perhaps an exhibitionist gamer or graphics artist might want to share his work via the second screen could find this useful? We wanted to look past the gimmicky dual-screen but could not shake the impression after a week.

The Asus Taichi is a solution looking for a problem. In any case, we think this is more of a showcase of technology and innovation rather than an attempt to be a best-seller.

The hardware specs though is pretty impressive. This model has the same configuration as my Zenbook Prime:

Asus Zenbook UX21A:
Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz, up to 3.00 GHz on Turbo Boost
11.6″ IPS LCD, 1080p, 1920×1080 pixels, 189ppi
4GB DDR3 RAM
256GB SATA SSD
Intel HD Graphics 4000
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band 2.GHz & 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.0
Windows 8

Suggested retail price is Php85,995. Available in local stores by January 2013.

Asus Taichi announced, ultrabook & tablet in one
Computex: Asus Taichi

10 Responses to “Second encounter with the Asus Taichi”

  1. painkiller says:

    I can see 2 practical uses for me. 1 at home, another at work.

    At home, my son won’t bother me while working coz he can watch his videos on the outside screen with me doing work on the other side.

    At work, I can use the second screen to show my patients images/materials/laboratory results/etc. during consultations, since I’m using an EMR.

  2. benchmark says:

    hmmm masyado atang mahal sa price nya….parang ok pa ang ultrabook plus tablet na hiwalay…but I like this device….mahal lang talaga…and nice review sir yuga…mapapabili na sana ako, pero hinde aabot yung pera ko sa 86k…pang down na ng kotse yan heheheh

    as for the use ng tablet na ganyan, I think maganda sya for teaching a group sa programming or for doing a software demo….ang problem lang, ang ackward lang na hinde pedeng naka incline sa use yung screen kasi hinde din makikita ng mga nanonood or nagpapaturo.

  3. Piolo says:

    Pwede bang magkaiba ang ginagawa sa tablet screen side at sa ultrabook side?

  4. Ghosthunter says:

    As much as it’s a great concept for a device to integrate two devices into one, the price is just too expensive to justify it. Given the price, I would be better off buying a 12 or 13 inch ultrabook and a 10 inch tablet separately and just use cloud apps to synchronize them. At the end of the day, I would have a few thousand pesos left over for a 3G WIFI device or even an entry or mid level touchscreen smartphone.

  5. Rick says:

    Is the Asus Zenbook Touch already available here in the Philippines??

  6. Eric
    Twitter: eric_corbeza
    says:

    If 85k’s too expensive, then buy the Taichi online, it’s only $1200++ at xoticpc.com :D

  7. Roberto says:

    O uso é de excelente utilidade. Todo profissional hoje em dia tem um laptop, e para quê??? Para trabalhar e armazenar seus projetos e produtos. Bom, e para quem??? Para seus clientes, que geralmente estão sentados em mesas à sua frente. Ai está o real uso do dispositivo de duas telas nessa disposição apresentada pelo Taichi. Facilitar a apresentação de qualquer produto que se queira.

  8. Roberto says:

    The use is of great utility. Every professional today has a laptop, and for what? To work and store their projects and products. Well, and to whom?? For their customers, which usually are seated at tables in front. Ai is the actual use of the device two screens that provision presented by Taichi. To facilitate the presentation of any product you like.

  9. mike says:

    Hi,

    Im selling my asus taichi 11.6 ” screen with i7 processor on it. 45k php.

    Tnx!

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