Excite

Flip it over, turn it on, off you go

Remember tablet PCs? No, not the iPad or the Galaxy Tab or any of the new range of keyboard-less, mobile-OS tablet PCs. We're talking old-school, circa-2002 tablet PCs, that change from laptop to tablet with the swivel of a weird keyboard hinge thing.

Well, Dell are aiming to resuscitate this tired old shape with their new Inspiron Duo. But there's a couple of differences. First, when you switch it into tablet mode, up pops a special Dell touch-friendly interface to make it easier to get around. This helps tackle a common complaint about old-school tablet PCs, namely that it's hard to navigate around the normal Windows interface by touch. It also has a capacitive screen, so you can use your fingers and not a stylus (yuck, as Steve Jobs put it).

But the most obvious difference is in the transformation - there's no noodling around with a twisting hinge, it flips vertically. We're doing a really bad job of explaining this, so maybe you should just watch the video.

We'll be honest, we don't know if this version of the convertible tablet will be any more of a goer than the previous generation. But people seem to be quite excited, so if you are, you might be interested to know that the Inspiron Duo will be out in the first week of December. US pricing is $549, which is about £450, so we reckon the UK price will be under £500.

United Kingdom - Excite Network Copyright ©1995 - 2017