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Dell Inspiron Duo Making Waves at IDF 2010



To say people are excited about the Dell Inspiron Duo here at IDF 2010 is an understatement. For those wondering why I didn’t get t o go hands on with the Inspiron Duo, here’s why:

I had to fight my way through a crowd of journalists just to grab a few seconds of video of the Inspiron Duo. It reminded me of fighting my way through a train station to get to the ticket window in India.

I talked to a few folks here at IDF 2010 about the Inspiron Duo and the big question about it is price. If Dell charges north of $500 the consensus is that it’ll flop. At or below $500 and a lot of us think Dell will move a lot of units.

Picture via Intel’s Ken Kaplan.



  1. dstrauss

    09/15/2010 at 6:35 am

    Sorry to break hearts, but I’ll bet a wad of cash that this new joy of the Win7 set will debut well north of $500. The manufacturing costs alone will assure that, unless Dell is willing to sell at a loss to establish market.

    Xavier – did you notice any ports on this beauty? I’ve seen photos of the front, back and right (when facing screen) edges with only a power button showing on the right side. Perhaps there are some on the left, but it seems that it will rely on the docking station they also demoed.

    Second question(s) – was it as laggy in its response as it appeared in the Youtube videos? First he couldn’t get the screen to recognize input and “spin” the radio map; then he couldn’t stream the radio station. Then it rather slowly changed programs as demoing the media capabilities…

    • Xavier Lanier

      09/15/2010 at 8:18 am

      All they demonstrated up close was the screen flipping around, no software demos. I wouldn’t base performance of the shipping product on what was shown on stage. It’s very common for us to see prototypes that aren’t functioning correctly close to ship date.

      I was standing on the right side of the left side of the device and didn’t get a look at the other side to see if there were ports. If there aren’t, that’s a dumb move.

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