ASUS Taichi 31
Overall Rating: 7 / 10
Value for Money 7.5 / 10
We’re seeing some truly innovative products being rolled out by ASUS of late, and the TAICHI 31 is absolutely no exception to that trend. With a slim and portable take on both a tablet and ultrabook, Asus presents the new TAICHI 31-CX003H, the dual-concept solution for fans who can’t decide between the two.
This is a convertible device that holds all the advantages of a tablet, Pc and laptop into one unit. With the Windows 08 Operating System, it’s a convenient solution for these specifications.
The dual screen feature allows either screen to be used with different apps, making it a versatile choice for a scale of user options. The headlining feature allows the 13.3-inch screen to be viewed in mirror mode, so sharing information is made far easier by allowing the operators view to be available to an audience on the opposite angle.
Designed with touch in mind, we’ve noted the TAICHI to be super responsive and intuitive experience for users, with an optional stylus for additional accuracy in control.
With High –Definition Display screen, apps, games and movies are impeccably presented with pristine colours and accurate contrast. Both cameras in the notebook and tablet modes are capable of capturing quality images also.
Offering a generous storage space of 256GB, speed is powered up by the Intel Core i7-3517U and the TAICHI 31 operates at 1.9Ghz on around 4GB of RAM. With the internal applications, Windows 8 is on board with the package as well.
Using ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, this unit is also recognised for a focus on premium sound quality and leading edge in recording features, which suppress background noise and use positional audio detection to ensure crystal clear, comprehensive recording. We were, however, a little disappointed with the battery life which rounds out to about 4 hours of usage in “balanced” mode.
With a brushed aluminium style case, this ultra slim unit looks the part in a professional and well-presented body. We do see complications, however, with the 8mm display lid, with reports of very slight warping due to the dual use, which comes from the two-screen advantage. This interrupts alignment, which is somewhat counterproductive to the smooth and elegant vibe the TAICHI is marketed with.
Hesitations aside, we’ve reviewed a powerful ultrabook with great speeds and a very smooth switch time between applications. As an extremely impressive and beautifully considered unit, we’ll happily give a recommendation for this machine to those looking for a product that turns heads and ticks all the modern gadget boxes.