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Join Date: Oct 2011
11-03-2011, 07:51 PM
I've had my Duo for 4 days now, and I love it!
I am not using it as out of the box. I have a MSDN subscription and downloaded Win 7 Home Premium SP1 ISO. I switched the hard drive for a crucial m4 SSD, installed Win 7 HP and activated it with the serial that came with the Duo. I then installed the drivers and Quickset. I did not install Stage, but using Thinix instead.
Thinix is okay, but the first days I did missed the responsiveness and simple layout of the android tablet browser. Then I found Opera Mobile for Windows 7. Wow! It work, function and behave exactly like the android version. Full screen (even hides the taskbar), multitouch navigation, flicking up and down, instant responses. As I said, it works as smoothly as the opera mobile on my Asus Transformer. Only drawback is that opera mobile for win 7 has no flash support yet.
I've read about bad wireless performance. I may have been lucky getting the Atheros Wlan/Bluetooth combo and not the broadcom. It works flawlessly on the networks I've tried, and streams 720p and 1080p movies over my wireless network withouth any problems. I downloaded the Crystal HD drivers directly from broadcom, and did not use the one provided by dell.
Finding a good way to hold the duo while you watch movies or browsing does need some time getting used to. After a while I found a comfortable position to hold it without getting tired, and with a good angle. I actually don't mind that much that the guy next to me on the plane have a hard time seeing/reading what I am doing on it in portrait mode.
In regards to power, I have not installed any games yet. But I run several programs from the adobe creative suite without problems, though only when I need to make some quick changes/work on the road.
As I previously said, so far I am loving it! (and the original screen tilting to get it into tablet mode got some wows at the first meeting I brought it to)
For all of you that haven't tried it yet. Download Opera Mobile 11 for Windows 7 Tablet here:
It's like browsing on your android.
Join Date: Nov 2012
11-16-2012, 07:29 AM
I bought my Duo a year ago (Nov 2011) and it has been invaluable to me.
I was impressed with Windows 7 but it was still a little sluggish. Buttons were so hard to press in tablet mode even when I made them bigger, and it was just cumbersome to use in tablet mode in general.
I installed Windows 8 Pro, and it completely transformed this underpowered, sluggish Windows 7 laptop into an extremely responsive Windows 8 tablet with the bonus of a keyboard. $40 upgrade through 12/31/12, and it was totally worth every penny. Programs start instantaneously, video plays seamlessly, and the only thing I really have any problems with is battery life because I use this thing so much now.
Windows 8 upgrade took several hours to install, but it was the easiest upgrade I've ever performed (and I've performed every one since Windows 95). I can't imagine going back to 7 after using this now. You gotta try it!
The weight of this machine is still a little heavy, but that's mostly because it's built like a tank.
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant says that the multitouch screen lacks features of Windows 8, but I really can't tell. I guess because the multitouch screen only senses 2 points. Also, it doesn't support "Secure Boot" which is supposed to avert rootkits, but it still has all the functionality of Windows 7. There aren't a lot of apps on the Windows Store yet but I'd imagine that will change soon enough. The accelerometer drivers had to be updated to support screen rotation, but you can download them from the manufacturer's site. Dell also has not posted Windows 8 drivers yet, but I would imagine they will soon.
Internet Explorer works beautifully. I haven't used it in many years because it was so behind the times and slow, but Chrome and Firefox don't even compete with it now. You can search you-tube vids just to see how well the Duo handles on Windows 8. Keep in mind the release preview version doesn't work as well as the real thing when you're watching the videos. It's nice to finally have a REAL tablet experience with this thing now since the iPad and Surface have gotten so popular. I actually feel like this machine is better because it is a full-functioning computer with a keyboard.
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