Hands-on: Asus’ Transformer Book Duet and the clunky “Dual OS” feature

The Transformer Book Duet uses Intel’s “Dual OS” feature to run Windows and Android, but it’s not an ideal implementation.
Andrew Cunningham

Among the announcements about wearable gadgets and conflict-free microprocessors in Intel’s CES keynote on Monday was a brief tip of the hat to Intel’s bread and butter: the PC.

The main announcement was a confirmation of rumors from late last week, in which Intel was said to be working on a “Dual OS” initiative that would put Android and Windows 8.1 on the same PC. One of the earliest systems to showcase the feature was the Asus Transformer Book Duet, and we managed to get some hands-on time with the system today.

Let’s begin with the hardware, since it’s mostly good: the Duet is an Ultrabook that borrows the tapered design and sensible, well-laid-out chiclet keyboard from Asus’ Zenbook Ultrabooks. It uses Haswell Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, comes with 4GB of RAM (a bit light, but workable), and a 13.3-inch screen available in either 1366×768 or 1920×1080. The laptop weighs 4.2 pounds, which is a bit on the heavy side for a 13-inch Ultrabook, but it’s not gigantic. The biggest weight-related issue comes from putting the main system components in the lid of the laptop rather than the base, which gives the laptop a much different balance than most conventional Ultrabooks.

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