If Asus Taichi was released before Windows 8, would have been considered a freak of nature. When you run an operating system but with a good support for touch screens, is easy to justify an ultrabook with two displays and two different modes of operation. In addition, Asus allows users to take full advantage of this configuration. I invite you to find out how useful the Asus Taichi 31 is.
At first glance, Asus Taichi appears to be a ultrabook from the Zenbook range with a much thicker screen. Basis, at least, is almost identical to that of Zenbook UX31A. I liked the blue color, metal and its texture will leave a very good impression to anyone. Unfortunately, the problem with sharp edges has not been resolved yet. Depending on how you sit at your desk, the bottom of the restpad will leave more or less marks on the wrist.
The screen is thick because it must enter two IPS panels. To maintain the stiffness between them was mounted a metal panel. The ultrabook could take the form of its classical predecessors, but the touch screen required a larger area.
In Chapter connectors, Asus Taichi 31 is not better than other models on the market. Two USB 3.0 ports seem to be sufficient. For other connectors you will need adapter cables. An SD card reader and audio jack headset compatible with a complete list of connectors.
Keyboard and touchpad
Asus's keyboard will not get a prize, but it is good. The buttons have a decent race, are well spaced and allow faster typing. Sliders are small but separated and easily accessible. Delete button is in place and is not replaced at the start, as we have seen at previous ultrabooks from Asus. The touchpad is large, precise and allows easy scrolling with two fingers.
Using the IPS matrix for Asus Taichi screens was absolutely necessary. For the external display, the user looks at variable angles, the utility is easy to understand. Almost every user will appreciate the IPS panel to a laptop, but there's another reason Taichi manufacturer has used this panel to display indoors. When you want to make a presentation to a client on the external screen and you see him on the inside, he will stand perpendicular to the office. This is not an optimal position for a TN matrix.
I hope that IPS is the future for a portable display. The panel came to be used increasingly more often. In office monitors the price for a model with IPS decreased in the past two years. That panel is now increasingly used for laptop screens, and for tablets, it is absolutely necessary. Asus Taichi 13's screens are quite brighten with good contrast. The manufacturer boasts with a gamut of 72%, which is very high for a professional IPS panel, but it is a good compromise for a notebook. Ghosting effect is small and does not affect action movies.
Display: 2 x 11.6", 1920x1080, IPS, Gorilla Glass (ext.), mat filter (int.)
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3517U,
- Chipset: Intel QS77
- Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- RAM: 4 GB DDR3, 1600 MHz, integrated
- HDD: 256 GB, SSD, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
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If we think of Asus Taichi 31 as a tablet, then we must recognize that the device is a little high and a little hard. I'm not saying it cannot be held up in a car or train, but cannot be compared to the iPad in terms of size. Fortunately, there is Asus Taichi 21, with 11.6" screens. This model weighs 1.25 kg and has a thickness of 17.4 mm. It fits so much better for the tablet, but full resolution HD screen could be a problem for some users.
As much as I liked the Asus Taichi 31, I cannot admit that it is a niche product. With almost double the price of a regular ultrabook, it will not sell in high volumes. On the other hand, it is a clear example of a device designed specifically for Windows 8. If it were not for the new operating system from Microsoft, with its friendly interface with touchscreens I do not think that Asus would be risky to build it.
Asus Taichi 31 is a premium product and meets specific needs. Not everyone wants to use the ultrabook traveling as a tablet or as a normal laptop. His competitor is Sony VAIO Duo 11, but for almost the same amount of money you may receive one screen, a fixed position for a laptop and a modest keyboard. Lenovo has in turn two convertible models with starting more affordable prices, but none of them offers two IPS panels.