Way back in the halcyon days of 2010, Dell announced one of their stranger laptop designs. It was a 10″ Netbook, with specifications to match, with one difference – the screen could be pushed into rotating 180° degrees to face outwards and be used as a tablet. As interesting and reasonably well done this idea was implemented, it was saddled with sub-par internals and the wildly finger hostile Windows 7, it was called the Inspiron Duo. Time, as is to be expected, has not been forgiving and the device has largely been forgotten by the many, but it appears Dell are not done with the design. They’ve resurrected the long dormant technology to form the headline feature of the Dell XPS Duo 12, that crazy rotating hinge.
Those worried over this laptop being held back by poor specifications need not worry, as well as toting the very pro finger Windows 8, it has a full HD (that’s 1080p) screen stretched across 12.5″ and internals that can be upgraded all the way to a latest gen Core i7. Body wise, the similarities between it and the very well put together XPS 13, a laptop which shares some naming DNA. More than that, reports from those getting their hands on their laptop claim of its satisfying swivel mechanism, lovely keyboard, beautiful screen and amazingly, a well built trackpad that works in a way you’d want it to.
We’ve yet to get details on pricing or full specifications, but as far as hinge innovations go within the OEM world (and we’ve seen plenty of hopefuls) this seems like a near perfect compromise for those of us attached to the thought of a non detachable screen.
We’ll have more details on the XPS Duo 12 as they become available to us, including pricing and dimensions. In the meantime, feel free to discuss Dell’s second chance in the comments below.