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Asus Taichi 21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews of Asus Taichi 21. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The usability and performance also get good feedback, but the image quality and connectivity get negative comments.

screen, performance, usability, design, portability

battery, touchpad, energy, connectivity, image quality

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Asus Taichi 21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Asus Taichi 21 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen. The design also gets good feedback.

design, screen

0% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

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

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Asus Taichi 21 Convertible Ultrabook

 

Revolutionary. One device designed for all jobs. Browsing, presentations, typing, mobility and working with a partner. The simple idea of installing a dual-TFT on the front and rear is to revolutionize using a Windows PC.

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, Two perfect...

Few interfaces, Limited extendibility, Inner screen dims on battery power, Short battery life, Long recharge times, CPU throttling at simultaneous GPU load, Apart from a higher brightness, only a longer battery life

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: de.engadget.com (engadget.com)

Distro 78: Convertible Asus Taichi 21 mit zwei Bildschirmen

 

Nachdem ASUS in zwei kurzen Minuten mit diesem Werbespot illustrierte, wie gut sich ein Laptop mit zwei Bildschirmen beim Kaffeekränzchen macht, haben unsere US-Kollegen untersucht, ob sich das Windows 8-Convertible auch unter ernsthafteren Bedingungen...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

ASUS TAICHI 21 review: are two screens better than one?

 

The TAICHI has an inventive dual-screen design with fast performance, wide viewing angles and decent audio. But we'd rather wait for a second-gen model with better battery life.

Innovative design ; Great viewing angles on both displays ; Fast performance ; Supports pen input ; Good sound quality

Short battery life ; Interior screen doesn't support touch ; Runs hot ; Some touchpad issues

Around the time I wrote this review, I was also working on Engadget's first-ever laptop buyer's guide . I was sure the TAICHI would be a shoo-in for the convertible section, what with its innovative design and sterling spec sheet. Unfortunately, as...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Asus Taichi 21

 

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.

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.

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Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Asus Taichi 21 review

 

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.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Asus Taichi 21 Review

 

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.

Oh Asus, you tried so hard to impress us with the Taichi 21 – and it worked … at first. The idea behind this hybrid is cool and different, and we want to like it. We wish the battery life was a little longer, the bottom was less toasty, and the Taichi...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

ASUS Taichi 21 Review

 

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...

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

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Josh Fields (reviewed.com)

Asus Taichi 21

 

Promising laptop with bad battery life and troublesome touchpad

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Leo Boon Yeow (hardwarezone.com)

ASUS Taichi 21 (11-inch) - Dual Displays

 

The ASUS Taichi 21 is the latest convertible Ultrabook that wields two full HD displays that are placed back-to-back. It's the first time we've seen this form factor on a Windows 8 Ultrabook, so how will it stack up against some of the other Ultrabooks...

Dual full HD displays (one with touch capability) ; Sturdy build ; Good keyboard and trackpad ; Novel approach to convertible notebooks

Expensive ; Niche product ; Battery life could have been better ; Smudge prone exterior facing glass lid ; Interior display should have been touch capable

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Sonic Master / SonicMaster
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
Speakers manufacturer:Bang & Olufsen

Battery

Battery Capacity:32 / 35
Battery capacity (Watt hours):32 / 35
Battery life (max):5
Battery Technology:Li-Ion polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Polymer
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5

Certificates

RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Grey / Grey, Stainless steel / Silver / Stainless Steel
Form Factor:Convertible (Dual Screen)
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product type:Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:280
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Sonic Master / SonicMaster
Infrared data port: No
Power supply type:AC/DC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini VGA ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel QS77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel QS77 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Host interface:Serial ATA III
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.83 / 8.98
Height:0.685
Weight:2.76
Width:12.1 / 13.3