Dual screen Windows 8 Asus Taichi notebook priced at $1,299

One of the cooler Windows 8-based notebooks looks to be the Asus Taichi, which has two touch screens that will allow for some interesting features and applications. Today, a number of retailers started taking pre-orders for the 11.6 inch Asus Taichi, for its launch on October 26th.

Asus's pre-order page displays links to retailers like Amazon, NewEgg and others. They show that the Asus Taichi 21-DH51 model is priced at $1,299, with a Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.

Another model, the Asus Taichi 21-DH71, is priced at $1,599 on retail web sites. It has an Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 256 SSD.

Asus is also taking pre-orders for the somewhat more conventional ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T notebook. The 11.6 inch laptop has a touch screen, a Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. It is priced at $599.

Asus has announced plans to release both an Intel Windows 8 tablet and an NVIDIA Windows RT tablet. It appears that the Windows RT tablet, the Asus Vivo Tab RT, is now available for pre-order in places like TigerDirect.com for $599.

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I am a karaoke host/DJ and I have had my eye on the Asus Taichi 21-DH71 since it was first announced. I think this laptop/tablet would be a perfect way to host karaoke parties.While I'm dj'ng music on the main screen the guests can sing along to the on-screen lyrics on the other screen.Plus, the back-lit keyboard is a bonus when your dj'ing in the dark.I am just hoping that this laptop and Windows 8 will work with my equiptment.I will probably need to update the firmware.

I am assuming the dual screens will be protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, atleast hoping.
I have not heard if it will be equipped with GPS navigation but that would deffinately be a bonus.
I have never owned a tablet so I dont know if the screens have the same affect vs laptops when it comes viewing the screens in various tilted angles.
I know when I view the screen on a standard laptop the screen is usually slightly tilted at 105 degrees.I'm wondering how the opposite screen will look when it is viewed in the opposite angle at 75 degrees or vice versa? I tried viewing my laptop's screen in this angle and it doesn't look very appealing.
In order to clearly view both screens you'd have to keep both screen's angle vertically equal at 90 degrees. Hopefully the dual screens do not have this problem.

The dual screen design seems like a bit of a brute force solution to the convertible notebook/tablet problem that adds unnecessary expense, but the result is simple and elegant. I'll probably buy this.

I'm not even sure what the point is of this. One thing I do know, from looking at my current laptop, the outside screen would last all of about 2 or 3 months.

ILikeTobacco said,
I'm not even sure what the point is of this. One thing I do know, from looking at my current laptop, the outside screen would last all of about 2 or 3 months.

I'd have to agree. Some form of protection is needed for the exposed screen.

I would assume there's a single cable feeding both screens. Depending on the position of the screen, one is always off. Else, it becomes a battery drain.

ILikeTobacco said,
I'm not even sure what the point is of this. One thing I do know, from looking at my current laptop, the outside screen would last all of about 2 or 3 months.

I could see it being useful in some niche situations. Perhaps for sales people, they can have a presentation or information displayed on the outside screen, with interactive capabilities, while they work on it, but all the gritty stuff is kept away from the prospective clients, and they get to face each other

migo said,

I could see it being useful in some niche situations. Perhaps for sales people, they can have a presentation or information displayed on the outside screen, with interactive capabilities, while they work on it, but all the gritty stuff is kept away from the prospective clients, and they get to face each other

That would need to be a custom setting. By default, one screen would have to be off to conserve power. The outside screen would definitely need to be off (as a standard) when in laptop mode else people could view your sensitive data.

This is just Asus having a bet each way. If you don't like it as a tablet, you can use it as a laptop. Paying for 2 screens is an expensive insurance policy...

I won't be buying one of the off chance I want to use it as a tablet, (also because I won't be using windows 8 til they put back the start button and desktop as default.) No metro for me!

dvb2000 said,
This is just Asus having a bet each way. If you don't like it as a tablet, you can use it as a laptop. Paying for 2 screens is an expensive insurance policy...

I won't be buying one of the off chance I want to use it as a tablet, (also because I won't be using windows 8 til they put back the start button and desktop as default.) No metro for me!

I'm pretty gentle with my laptops, but I guess if you're not this isn't the "convertible" for you.

They're not putting back the start button or making desktop default kid. The future of the company is built on WinRT environment. Just download a free app for the start button if you're not ready to make the jump. The advantages of Windows 8 in pure performance are worth the cheap $40 upgrade.

Colin McGregor said,
thats not that bad actually for a 2 screen. Gonna add it to my maybe list

And then, if a new version of Windows is released and the previous custom drivers required for the proper dual screen functionality won't work you can certainly bet it's going to be a super fun time. No, thanks, I've already had enough fun with other novelty "disposable" laptops.

francescob said,

And then, if a new version of Windows is released and the previous custom drivers required for the proper dual screen functionality won't work you can certainly bet it's going to be a super fun time. No, thanks, I've already had enough fun with other novelty "disposable" laptops.

It most like is just mirrored display so no drivers for that functionality. It just solves the problem that some of these hybrids have where you keyboard folds back and the keys end up on the bottom of the tablet. Or one with the swivel screen where you have to keep going back and forth depending on what your're doing. With these you just lift the screen and lower the screen. I think it's a great idea.

I think the screens are independent, not simply mirrored, so it's likely they will require custom drivers or software to work. From its product page: "You can even project movies photos and presentations to the external display while controlling them from the internal display, thanks to ASUS Simple Show technology. "

francescob said,
I think the screens are independent, not simply mirrored, so it's likely they will require custom drivers or software to work. From its product page: "You can even project movies photos and presentations to the external display while controlling them from the internal display, thanks to ASUS Simple Show technology. "

It works just like hooking up any PC to an external monitor. You can either duplicate the display, extend the display, or only use one display at a time. This is not new functionality for Windows, but it's gotten a lot better in Windows 8.

I don't think you have anything to worry about with drivers. Unless driver support in the next version of Windows is suddenly terrible.

You're forgetting that those are not simple displays but touch screens so I doubt it's just some mirroring/extending and that it works without custom sw/drivers, I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't required.

farmeunit said,

It most like is just mirrored display so no drivers for that functionality. It just solves the problem that some of these hybrids have where you keyboard folds back and the keys end up on the bottom of the tablet. Or one with the swivel screen where you have to keep going back and forth depending on what your're doing. With these you just lift the screen and lower the screen. I think it's a great idea.

no, you can set up two separate screens. not sure if you could hook up a bt keyboard to it and have people typing on both.

francescob said,
You're forgetting that those are not simple displays but touch screens so I doubt it's just some mirroring/extending and that it works without custom sw/drivers, I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't required.

Huh? How would touch input affect it in any way? This just seems like an extended display. Win 8 natively supports touch (obviously) so whether they're touch or not is completely irrelevant. You can already use multiple touch screens with Win 8 without 3rd party drivers, as the drivers are built-in.

NoClipMode said,

Huh? How would touch input affect it in any way? This just seems like an extended display. Win 8 natively supports touch (obviously) so whether they're touch or not is completely irrelevant. You can already use multiple touch screens with Win 8 without 3rd party drivers, as the drivers are built-in.

It's not just the fact that those are touchscreens but it's the fact that they are two: turning the screens selectively on and off, turning the relative digitizers on and off, handling the screen rotation, etc. will probably rely on some software or driver to have it done automatically, understand what I mean?

francescob said,

And then, if a new version of Windows is released and the previous custom drivers required for the proper dual screen functionality won't work you can certainly bet it's going to be a super fun time. No, thanks, I've already had enough fun with other novelty "disposable" laptops.

Seriously? Are people in general this clueless about technology, and yet so happy to share their lack of wisdom?


Do you think Microsoft will REMOVE the ability to have multiple displays in a future version of Windows?

Do you think Microsoft will REMOVE the ability to have multiple input devices and or touch input devices in a future version of Windows?

In the last 20 years, none of these concepts have been removed from the OS, but you assume they will be or will require a new driver set that Microsoft will not provide?

With a 1995 VGA or VESA compliant video card, you can still do multiple displays on Windows 8, just as you could with Win95/NT 4.

With a 1990 touchpad/mouse/graphics tablet you can still do multiple input devices, and yes still run digitizers from 1991 that require drivers for absolute positioning.

So there is no history as an example of your claim, and there is no evidence that Microsoft has any intention of dumping their new WDM/WDDM 1.2 video and Touch driver model from Win7.

Which means you are trying to scare people and just making crap up.

Next time post as "FUD Troll"

thenetavenger said,

snip

Oh god, have you at least read the whole thread before snapping like some teenage girl? I didn't say ANYWHERE that Microsoft will remove functionality, I said that to handle the screen rotation and selectively turning on/off the screens and their digitizers simultaneously it will probably require some custom drivers/software, or do you think that happens by magic? It even says in the product page that there is a special software for some of those features (Asus Simple Show).

Remember that we're in 2012 and Asus still ships laptops that require proprietary crap like ATK so they already have a terrible record regarding using custom drivers and software to cut corners.

thenetavenger said,

Seriously? Are people in general this clueless about technology, and yet so happy to share their lack of wisdom?


Do you think Microsoft will REMOVE the ability to have multiple displays in a future version of Windows?

Do you think Microsoft will REMOVE the ability to have multiple input devices and or touch input devices in a future version of Windows?

In the last 20 years, none of these concepts have been removed from the OS, but you assume they will be or will require a new driver set that Microsoft will not provide?

talk about clueless, multiple monitors haven't been around for 20 years, and Microsoft have REMOVED the most important piece of windows (the start button) in Windows 8.

Suggest you put your brain into gear before replying next time attacking another poster.

dvb2000 said,

talk about clueless, multiple monitors haven't been around for 20 years, and Microsoft have REMOVED the most important piece of windows (the start button) in Windows 8.

Suggest you put your brain into gear before replying next time attacking another poster.

Really? Multiple monitors haven't been around that long uh?

Strange, the Typesetting Windows 3.1 setups we did in 1992 had dual monitors, and even the ATI Vantage in Grayscale 8bit mode worked in dual monitor configurations, and this is 1990 timeframe.

Here, go find history for yourself. Start with just 25 years ago, and go look up a product called the IBM 8514. Oh, and don't skip over the dual monitor support.
(It is what the ATI Vantage/Ultra series emulated, but also had their own instructions as well for better performance and additional Windows 3.0 specific features. The 8514 and the consumer priced ATI cards is what made 1024x768 @256Colors a standard.)

MutliMonitor setups have been around for at least 40-50 years. The reason I stated 20 was in reference to Windows, and if you take the 8514 and other GPU multimonitor technology from that time, they still work today in a mutlimonitor setup on Windows 8 (using the XPDM trick) and easily install using XPDM drivers on WIndows 7.

And this is ANCIENT GPU technology, the first big commercial 2D graphics coprocesssing technology available.


PS
The Start Button is still there, it is just now a 25x25 pixel range at the bottom corner of the screen, or if you have a tablet, the center button on the Charms bar when you swipe the screen.

Clueless? Kiddo you need to at least learn to use Bing or Google to fact check your understanding of history. Next time don't embarrass yourself.

francescob said,

Oh god, have you at least read the whole thread before snapping like some teenage girl? I didn't say ANYWHERE that Microsoft will remove functionality, I said that to handle the screen rotation and selectively turning on/off the screens and their digitizers simultaneously it will probably require some custom drivers/software, or do you think that happens by magic? It even says in the product page that there is a special software for some of those features (Asus Simple Show).

Remember that we're in 2012 and Asus still ships laptops that require proprietary crap like ATK so they already have a terrible record regarding using custom drivers and software to cut corners.

Again the reason I 'snapped' is that there are no special drivers for a computer to flip between or use two different screens. (this is even 'more' true with Windows 8 WDM 1.2 and moving forward, as Windows 8 has added in software level emulation and control of displays even if the video card technology doesn't support the feature, the OS will do it with a generic VESA VGA driver.

And there are no special drivers for more than one touch or trackpad or mouse input device that work concurrently and can be used via the basic Human Input Drivers at the very least.

I didn't mean to 'snap', but your whole 'meh' was based on a bad assumption without even basic facts.

thenetavenger said,

Again the reason I 'snapped' is that there are no special drivers for a computer to flip between or use two different screens. (this is even 'more' true with Windows 8 WDM 1.2 and moving forward, as Windows 8 has added in software level emulation and control of displays even if the video card technology doesn't support the feature, the OS will do it with a generic VESA VGA driver.

And there are no special drivers for more than one touch or trackpad or mouse input device that work concurrently and can be used via the basic Human Input Drivers at the very least.

I didn't mean to 'snap', but your whole 'meh' was based on a bad assumption without even basic facts.

I know perfectly that on Windows you can use all the input devices and all the displays you want and nowhere I did said the opposite but to have all the switching on/off and rotation (don't forget the screen can be turned all the way around like other convertibles) done automatically and simultaneously it could likely require some specialized drivers/software.

We already know, as a fact (from the reviews), that the laptop comes with a dedicated button to switch the displays: that button is not simply a shortcut to Win+P and launches its own custom software. Do you think that if a new version of Windows comes out and a new driver/software won't be available and the older one won't work you would still be able to use that functionality? THAT is what usually happen with novelty laptops, a new version of Windows come out and the custom features go to hell, sometimes even resulting them in becoming completely unusable.