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ASUS Taichi 21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and performance. The sound and energy efficiency are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the touchpad and value for money. There are some mixed views about the screen.

portability, energy, sound, performance, usability

battery, design, value for money, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the ASUS Taichi 21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

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Notebookcheck's Best of November 2012


Long live the laptop. A smart tablet instead of a heavy laptop? Do men and women only buy tablets these days? We don't think so, since the spectrum of offers available for laptops leading up to Christmas is bigger than ever: Windows 8 touchscreens,...

That the driver update for AMDs FirePro irons out some problems, but in exchange primarily leads to a noticeable reduced performance in the CAD area of all things

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Review Asus Taichi 21 Convertible Ultrabook


Revolutionary. One device designed for all jobs. Browsing, presen

Low weight, slim casing; High-end aluminum looks; Adapter VGA/RJ45 included; Compelling input devices; Matte FHD screen; Bright FHD screen; High contrast; Backlit keyboard (3 levels); Extreme application performance due to very swift SSD

Few interfaces; Limited extendibility; Inner screen dims on battery power; Short battery life; Long recharge times; CPU throttling at simultaneous GPU load

Throttling in the stress test. The ZenBook UX21A (11.6 inches) featuring the same CPU in an equally slim casing did not exhibit this problem.

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Asus Taichi 21


Hybrid ultrabooks are getting weird. There's been a "try it and see" attitude displayed by most manufacturers lately as they grapple with the "tablet-ification" of laptops and the various design problems that come with it. Nowhere is this more evident...

Dual-display combines laptop and tablet functionality. Gorilla Glass on lid is stylish looking. Quality construction. Intel Core i7 and 256GB solid-state drive

Dual-display seems needlessly redundant and doesn't always work smoothly. Trackpad required driver update to be usable. Short battery life. No touch on interior screen

The Asus Taichi 21 offers a unique dual-display design, but the end result is a good ultrabook combined with a middling tablet, at a fairly high price.


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Asus Taichi 21-DH71


One of the most unusual Windows 8 systems seen to date is the Asus Taichi. And that's saying something, as we've already seen laptops with screens that flip, fold, rotate, slide, and separate completely from the bottom half of the clamshell.

The Asus Taichi 21 offers a clever implementation of a dual-screen design in a slim Core i7 chassis.

Only one of the screens is touch-enabled, which feels like a major oversight. There are probably only a handful of situations where you'd need an outward-facing display.

More of a clever proof-of-concept than a practical product, the Asus Taichi still delivers on its basic promise, combining two displays for a unique take on the laptop/tablet/hybrid genre.

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Asus Taichi 21 Review


Whether or not you're a fan of Windows 8, you have to admit that it has inspired laptop makers to get seriously creative with their designs. Some of it is an effort to take advantage of the operating system's features and functions, but a lot of it is...

Innovative design and concept ; Light for a laptop even with two displays ; Full HD resolution on both displays ; Outer display is touch and stylus-enabled

Short battery life ; Heavy for a tablet ; Uncomfortably high temperatures on the bottom ; Few ports ; No apps to take advantage of dual-screen design ; Performance goes down in Dual-Screen Mode

The Asus Taichi 21 is undoubtedly novel and its design is interesting. A laptop with two screens that isn't bulky or needlessly gimmicky, the Taichi hopes to stand above the Windows 8 competition. But double the screen doesn't mean double the fun.

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ASUS Taichi 21


The ASUS Taichi 21 breaks the mold for Windows 8 hybrids with its dual-screen design, but its short battery life is a dealbreaker.

Unique dual-screen design; Bright colorful displays; Great sound; Extremely light; Supports pen input

Short battery life; Laptop screen lacks touch; No SD Card Slot; Thick bezel for main display; Touchpad sometimes jumpy

ASUS' Taichi 21 offers an innovative dual-screen design in a lightweight chassis along with impressive sound. Not only is it easy to change from notebook to tablet mode, you can use the external screen for giving presentations. And while there's...

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"2 screens and Digitizer! Great for Students/Professors!"


I've read many reviews which unfortunately don't even mention the digitizer which comes with this device. Note that this is a pressure sensitive digitizer different than a normal stylus. This is a perfect device for students because it allows them to...

The fact that it has two screens isn't just an excellent concept, but very practical for any college student or professor. Also, the digitizer pen is great for taking notes. Note that a digitizer is far more capable than a stylus.

The battery life isn't so good, but the power cord is very small and can be carried everywhere.

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Functional but many Quarks


Overall, wonderful product. This has been invaluable with my school work and storing of my notes. The screen maybe sensitive but it works well enough to work with Photoshop if you are illustrating or with one-note for taking notes. My biggest...

What is wonderful about this hybrid is that is defiantly more of a laptop with the convenient option of becoming a tablet when you need it. Whereas most other hybrids are more of a tablet that can click onto a keyboard and "look" like a laptop. The...

The tablet screen is obnoxiously sensitive; one spec of dust will "x" out of what you are working on. Since the tablet screen is on the opposite side of the laptop screen it is very vulnerable to damage so be very careful with handling and traveling....

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i love it


IV done a lot of research on this and I've discovered that people either love it or hate it... I love it. The biggest gripe people have is that the inside isn't touch screen but if it were it would be overkill. When I want to touch I use the out side,...

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ASUS Taichi21-DH71


Internal Wireless card doesn't seem to work with my router after a while, but i had a USB wireless card and it works just fine.

Fast, very solid feeling in my hands, lots of storage. It runs all my games fine, and with 2 usb ports, it allows for a mouse, and something else to be plugged in

None that I can see, possibly battery life,but 3 and a half hours normal use is pretty solid as far as battery life goes. I do wish it had more RAM, 4GB is a little low for laptops these days


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:QS77
Processor:Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I7-3517U