ASUS Taichi 31 review: two sides of the story

Two screens, one laptop


A typical Ultrabook

It takes a little getting used to the concept of the Taichi, but it certainly has its charm. You always have a keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen handy, and you aren't stuck with a complex hinge system that many hybrid models have, nor do you have to keep track of two separate pieces of equipment like with the Transformer Book. And despite the second screen, the ASUS Taichi 31 definitely isn't heavy, weighing in at 1.57 kg. The touchpad and keyboard are similar to those of the Zenbooks, which is positive. The keyboard is backlit.

ASUS Taichi31-CX003H

The Taichi comes with a good WiFi module, a dual-band Intel Centrino 6235 with a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s. It also provides Intel Wireless Display and Bluetooth 4.0.

ASUS Taichi31-CX003H

Connectors include two USB 3.0 ports, an SD memory card slot, a Micro HDMI port and a mini VGA port. There's a button on the side to disable the second screen. The Taichi does not have a permanent ethernet port, you have to use the included adapter for that and the mini VGA port. In the box there's also a sleeve for the Taichi which will help prevent scratching the screen.

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Asus Taichi31-CX003H

Hybrid, Intel Core i5 3317U, 4 GB, 13.3 inch, 1920x1080, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 256 GB, Windows

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