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ASUS releases the Taichi 31 convertible Ultrabook

ASUS releases yet another tablet convertible, the ASUS Taichi 31.

Looking to expand its range of “tablet-and-something-else” line of products, ASUS has announced a refresh to its Taichi tablet and laptop convertible, the ASUS Taichi 31.

Unlike usual Ultrabook convertibles with a swiveling or sliding screen, ASUS has gone for the traditional hinges found in usual laptops and having a second identical 13.3-inch Full-HD screen on the lid, which ASUS has configured to give the Taichi 31 a number of “modes” to suit the user’s needs. First off, the Taichi 31 has a Notebook mode, where the inside screen allows the user to use the Taichi 31 as a normal laptop. Next, we have Tablet mode, where the user can shut the lid and use the Taichi 31 as a rather bulky tablet via the external screen. As for the next two modes, one could consider them as an extension of the Notebook mode — the Mirror mode mirrors the Laptop mode’s internal screen on the external screen, while the Dual-Screen mode turns the external screen into a secondary screen.

Apart from this unusual trait, ASUS has given the Taichi 31 a set of hardware found on most current Ultrabooks, with a couple choices for users to spec their Taichi to their needs, with a modest mid to high end choice of Intel Core i5 (3317U) and i7 (3537U or 3517U) processors, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro operating system and either 128GB or 256GB SSDs for storage. The usual 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, HD webcam with array mics (5M with Auto Focus, only available on the tablet’s screen) and a modest array of interfaces (1 combo audio jack, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 micro HDMI and mini VGA port each, 1 SD card reader) is included. Interestingly though, ASUS appears to have fixed the RAM at a very limited 4GB with no expansion option. This may lead to bottlenecks for most heavy users and also casual users who love to surf memory-intensive websites such as Facebook or open multiple webpages.

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