When it comes to design, functionality and innovation notebooks, Asus is one of the few companies in this field are not afraid to present the novelties that are well accepted by users. In the era of ultrabook laptops and multifunctional devices, Asus come up with several products, including the first Hybrid notebook with two displays with same size. Unlike the first such model ASUS W5Fe that the outside has little display that serves for quickly checking email, changing songs, etc., Asus TaiChi Ultrabook UX21 has two screens of the same size and it is the first 2-in-1 Laptop and Tablet computer.
Asus TaiChi comes in two sizes 11.6 and 13.3-inch screen. We test our youngest 11.6-inch model Asus TaiChi 21. By closing the top cover TaiChi turns into a tablet.
Processor: Intel Core 7 3517U
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro h64
Chipset: Intel ® QS77 Express Chipset
RAM: DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, onboard memory 4 GB
Display: Internal) 11.6 “16:9 Full HD (1920 × 1080) Matte external) 11,6” 16:9 Full HD (1920 × 1080) glossy, up to 10 fingers.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Storage: SATA III SSD 256GB RPM
Camera: 2 cameras. Inside HD webcam, out 5 MP autofocus 1080P
Communications: 802.11 a / b / g / n, built-in Bluetooth ™ V4.0
Interfaces: 1 x COMBO mini jack, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x micro HDMI 1 x Mini VGA port, 1 x audio jack
Sound: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower ®
Battery: 35 W h Polymer battery up to 5 hours
Dimensions: 30,66 x 19,93 x 1,74 cm
Weight: 1.25 kg
Warranty: 2 year international
Hybrid notebook is packed in recognizable Asus Ultrabook’s black cardboard box which model than nothing. In the box there besides laptop charger, instructions for use, two adapters for LAN and VGA, storage pouch ultrabook and electronic pen, a set of microfiber swab, cable manager and prestige card with dedication.
As with all ultrabooks, and here, because of its small size it is impossible to put a network and VGA connector, that problem is solved with two adapters that come as optional equipment. The laptop is powered by the charger Output: 19 V DC, 1.75 A, 33 W Input: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
Initial touch of PC case looks like in Zenbook notebooks. Taichi Ultrabook UX21 has a brushed aluminum metal body. When you take Taichi in hand you will be surprised by its weight which is slightly more than 1 kilogram.
Top cover is coated with glass around the screen and has a metal frame with a thickness of about 3 mm, which highlights the display. Since this outer surface is shiny, it’s easy to notice prints and wallowing. About the internal display has a matt black plastic frame on which the camera is located at the top of the Asus logo on the lower middle part.
As with all Ultrabooks, external interface is small. The power button is located on the right side. This prevents inadvertently pressing it. Next to it is the indicator that display mode in which the laptop currently is and follows Micro HDMI version 1.4, USB 3.0 and the charger.
The left side is reserved for 3.5mm-enabled combined (headphone / microphone) connector, USB 3.0 with support for USB charger, miniVGA, large buttons for volume control and switch on / off the external display. The sound quality is confirmed by the “Audio By Bang & Olutsen ICEpower” as well as in the rest of the ultrabooks of this class.
Keys on the keyboard are made of black matte plastic that illuminates the white ambient light making it usable in any light. There are three different levels of brightness.
Moving of the cursor is performed with the touchpad that is easy to navigate and supports up to 10 fingers. It is situated in the middle of the front part and is physically separated from the housing.
Something that is more important than the design and physical appearance, is of course the functionality of the laptop. As already mentioned this hybrid notebook has two displays. It’s external display that is touch screen is a 11.6-inch with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, and it is pleasant to touch without any difficulties in everyday use.
Thanks to the high-resolution, image display is rich and clear and pixels are not visible. Perfectly complements the IPS matrix which has a large viewing angle.
On the lower part is the “Start” button which serves to return to the homepage. Next to him is a 5 MP camera with sensor autofocus.
The screen is coated with Corning Fit Glass and supports up to 10 simultaneous touches. Using TaiChi 21 as tablet leave only pleasant moments, not taking into account the rapid mess of glass hampered work on the 11.6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1080p. Is too low for use with a finger, but the problem is solved with the electronic pen that comes with the laptop.
Shifting from a tablet into a laptop without difficulty, the lid can be opened with one finger, and the screen automatically. The internal display is also a Full HD 1920 × 1080 pixels, but it is not touch screen with a diagonal of 11.6 inches, and IPS matte matrix. Color image is clean and clear. High resolution on a small screen, and here come to the fore as with external display, letters are too small and hardly visible to the daily work. Apart from this remark everything else is made and works great.
Software performance tests
TaiChi comes with a licensed Windows 8 Pro x64bit and with installed default Asus tools. Excellent balanced SSD Windows 8 and that gives incredible 4 seconds at startup, and 2 seconds for the inclusion of sleap mode. Operating working smoothly without any problems.
In the body of this small monster hides a powerful Intel Core 7 3517U processor, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and HD4000 graphics card performance that promise much in testing.
Pressing specially designated keyboard button opens a special menu through which the easy way out settings on laptop.
Through this menu also changes the display mode. There are 4 modes: Laptop mode where the picture is displayed only on the internal screen; Tablet where the picture shows only the external display; mirror where the image is the same for both screens and sub-screen where internal is the chief, and external additional screen.
The combination of quality material and interesting design with excellent performance will find a suitable buyer. With this model Asus presents a new generation of gadgets that we hope you will find wide application and will be greatly accepted in the market. Small size and weight makes it a great device for anyone who travels, and also wants to be in pace with the latest technological advances.
Double IPS screen;
Long battery grip;
Too high a price;
Shiny external screen is making grease very easily.