Dell Inspiron Duo Review

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Dell Inspiron Duo
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Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

16 Comments to Dell Inspiron Duo Review

  1. Sachikopadilla

    I agree all the issues you have mentioned in your review. It is such an awkward laptop. It’s so heavy, slow, small screen, and no hoof angle to work with. It’s provided to me for work, but I would never pay for it on my own.
    Thank you for your extended research on the Duo.

  2. elayne gordon

    We have this unit purchased in February of this year.  We are now sending it back to Dell for the second time for repair.  The computer will not turn on.  We have owned many Dell computers over the years and have never had this much difficulty with any of them.  It seems unusual that we should have two repair incidents in under a year.  Very disappointing performance.  I would not recommend this unit.

    • That’s too bad. I’m not entirely surprised that it needed repair…tablet devices, even if they’re laptops, should not be using standard hard disk drives because the movement, no matter how secure the drive is, will very quickly widdle away the disk. Plus all of the moving parts is just a terror. 

  3. Dell Inspiron Duo are launched with very big promise but Dell is not able to please the critics about the tablet. The build quality of this Inspiron duo is top Notch but the touchscreen performance and Windows 7 performance on this tablet not good. The processor is to slow to run the OS fast.

  4. Cshannahan

    I'm looking for basically a touchscreen computer/tablet where I can play music from a library, add to playlists on the fly, like the music players at the bars. Anyway, I would be using this for internet surfing and music playing, with audio out from the doc going to my sound system. Would this be a good choice for my application, if not do you have any recommondations?

    • The best solution for a media player is still the iPad. It has the best screen size out there for media viewing, and of course as a video and music player it is extremely easy to use both as a standalone and with iTunes. It also has the most available media apps, many of which are free.

      I am still waiting for the Motorola Xoom to test out, but aside from that there are no tablet devices that really match what you're looking for just yet besides the iPad.

      • Cshannahan

        Ok lets say I get an IPAD, can it access network storage or shares though Itunes? Also if I did go that route I would need a good dock that has audio out to my sound system. I see the Apple one has an optical out which would work but I heard they aren't very sturdy…

        • They have a few docks, and they all have 3.5mm line out ports for audio, so that's not a problem. I have the keyboard and standard dock for the iPad and have never had a problem with the line out. Not sure where you heard they aren't sturdy, but once again, I've never had any problem with it.

          The iPad can share media through iTunes, you'll just need to activate the function on iTunes.

          • Cshannahan

            Thanks for the reply. Basically this thing is going to used for web surfing around the house and as a jukebox in the basement. Hmmm I did want to stay with Windows for a program called album player…guess I have a few decisions to make.

  5. where are you getting them for 300$ and 400$? would you say it is a good buy?? I really love the laptop and tablet idea, just so badly on the fence about taking the plunge and buying it!!! help!

  6. Funny thing. My Dou can be used as a digital photo frame, I can use the Dell Stage options to do it easily. Don't know why you missed the big “photo stage” on your set up. I get about 4-5 hours of battery life while primarily using it for internet and word processing. You are correct about Windows 7 being a pain, but I just uninstalled the McAfee and put on my preferred AV software. I also uninstalled the Windows Live junk. It runs well. It seems you are a Mac fan and so a Dell running Windows will never be what you want. If I wanted a portable media device I would go with a Tab. But as a productivity tool for a working college student this is great. It allows me portability, the ability to type easily but take notes by hand when in tablet mode.

    • I was thinking of ordering one for 399 on MS site. I use both Masc and Win and never understood religious like followings for either – build a better mousetrap and you have me.

      So I was thinkking the same thin Meg (my daughter's name BTW) – why not just uninstall McAfee and the junk you don't want via Ad//Remove in Control Panels?

      Can I ask you a few Qs –

      Does Office run well in both modes?
      How do you take notes by hand? Stylus? What program supports that?
      Is Stages any better after your uninstalls of other programs?

      I'd love a liitlle portable tablet that ran Win and could work with site designing (via web apps mostly nit Dreamweaver or heavy hitters like taht) and Office suite.



      • It's certainly a fair deal, especially for a laptop. As mentioned, no built-in software was uninstalled, just shut off. Office runs a bit slow, as mentioned in the review…not sure what you mean in both modes. If you mean as a tablet, writing, as I mentioned in the response to Meg, is a hassle. You'll need to buy a special stylus that works on capacitive touchscreens. I have one, made specifically for the iPad, and it works like crap on this screen for writing because it's mushy. You'll want a hard-surfaced stylus.

        Windows has the ability to read written word built in. There are some 3rd party applications that do this as well. Any application that supports text will work with such programs.

    • Not sure what sparked the idea that I'm a Mac fan…I've never owned a Mac computer. It's not Windows that's a problem, it's the version of Windows that slows it down.

      Also, I'm pretty sure you don't take notes by hand on it. Writing on any screen is a pain, far worse than paper and other digitizing solutions. You'd know this because capacitive screens require a special pen, usually with a very fat end that takes weeks of use to adjust to. If you want a productivity tool for college to keep notes together, look into a Livescribe pen.

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