While we’re still waiting on Apple to release a touchscreen based laptop, we’ll have to settle for Asus’ TAICHI ultrabook.

Its form factor, while not entirely original, might be the most well executed of this ilk, at least to date.  In case you haven’t noticed, the back of the TAICHI’s screen boasts a touchscreen display.  Using the same hardware, TAICHI owners will be able to mirror the main screen’s images or display different images making it ideal for business presentations or sharing that YouTube video to a friend opposite you at the local coffee shop.

According to ASUS the TAICHI will be available in 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch flavors, with each screen utilizing an FHD/IPS panel that both can display at a max resolution of 1920×1080.  Stylus support will be available, though ASUS hasn’t said if pressure sensitivity, as seen in Wacom’s tablets, will be available.  Weight for the TAICHI will be about 2.5lbs and include the following features: a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, SSD storage, dual-band 802.11n WiFi, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, Displayport for external monitor connectivity, a backlit chiclet style keyboard, front and rear cameras, NFC connectivity, and gyroscopic sensors.

Unfortunately, ASUS hasn’t said when they’ll release the Windows 8 based ultrabook or for how much.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."