Reviews Asus Taichi 21
RCT SCORE 5 / 10

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Whatever else can be said of the Asus Taichi 21, it's unique. This Ultrabook features a dual-screen: a standard internal display, and a touch screen display on the exterior which enables you to use the Taichi 21 as a tablet when the lid is closed.

The Taichi 21 runs Windows 8 powered by a Core i7 processor with an 11.6-inch screen (1920 x 1080), 4GB of RAM, Intel Graphics 4000, 128GB of SSD memory, and a 5-megapixel camera on the outter, tablet display. Pricing starts at $1,299.

The dual display enables several interesting features. There's a mirror mode, which lets you show the same image on both screens. A dual screen mode shows different apps on each screen. Finally, close the lid and you're in tablet mode, touching your way around the 11.6-inch display.

While the Taichi 21 broke the Ultrabook mold with its dual display approach, it didn't win over most reviewers. The biggest knock was the battery life, which was rated poor even when powering just one screen. The lack of an internal touch display was also frustrating, given Windows 8 touch-centered operation. Some reviewers appreciated the novelty of the Taichi 21 and most hoped to see more from a second generation product -- if one should ever materialize.

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Didn't Quite Make the Case for Two Screens
We wish the battery life was a little longer, the bottom was less toasty, and the Taichi had some apps that make the two screens less of a novelty and more of a must-have feature....
Hopefully Asus Gets This Right on Round 2
As inventive as this is as a concept, the finished product isn't quite what we all thought it would be.
Battery Is a Dealbreaker
The ASUS Taichi 21 breaks the mold for Windows 8 hybrids with its dual-screen design, but its short battery life is a dealbreaker.
Give Asus Credit for Trying
The Asus Taichi 21 offers a unique dual-display design, but the end result is a good ultrabook combined with a middling tablet, at a fairly high price.
This Is a Lot of Fun
It's easy to use and it provides a very good tablet experience. It's not perfect though: we think it needs some tweaks to the hardware and software.
More Novelty Than Practical
More of a clever proof-of-concept than a practical product, the Asus Taichi still delivers on its basic promise, combining two displays for a unique take on the laptop/tablet/hybrid...
Double Your Fun
The Asus Taichi stands up as a supremely desirable piece of consumer tech that acts as a sterling showcase for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
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