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ASUS Taichi 21-DH51 Intel Core i5 3317U (1.70GHz) 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 11.6" Touchscreen Ultrabook (Grade A) Windows 8

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  • Intel Core i5 3317U (1.70GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 128GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8
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  • Michael K.
  • 6/16/2014 4:12:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPast Review is no good

Pros: The 11.6 inch screen is great for portability. Though the 4gb memory is fairly small the SSD makes up for it.
After tinkering with Windows 8 and the laptop configuration I managed to get the touch to work after restarting and searching for driver updates. Great for school.

Cons: The only downfall is the 4GB memory, though that can be fixed by buying an external hard drive.
The computer seems flimsy so buying a screen protector for both sides as well as a carrying case will probably be a good buy along with it

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I'm please that you were able to resolve the issue regarding the touchscreen and are satisfied with the laptop besides the inconvenience the touchscreen issue may have caused you. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3774036 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Michael K.
  • 6/16/2014 11:43:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHad to return right away

Pros: Small size with an SSD and 1080p resolution screen perfect for school

Cons: The touch screen didn't work when I got it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for the positive comment. I apologize if you have to return the laptop due to touchscreen not working upon arrival, which is an isolated case. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3774081 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Joseph R.
  • 6/12/2014 5:23:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Deal

Pros: Great Price
Excellent Build Quality
Unique Design
Excellent Display(s)
Refurb, but like new (with peel-off cellophane and all)

Cons: Mediocre battery life
More gimmicky than actually useful
European Keyboard (I think... but not standard U.S. keyboard)

Other Thoughts: I bought a Taichi in its early days. Due to the unique design, there were some hiccups along the way. When Microsoft would update Windows, it would cause problems with the external screen functionality. These have all been resolved. Be sure to do the BIOS update from the Asus website "before" any updates. The update prevents the problems that some have seen. You can still do the BIOS update after, you just might experience some external display problems until you do. I paid about three times this price when the product was brand new. At this price, I couldn't resist buying a second one. Even without the external touch display, for $500 this is a great ultrabook.

Here's kinda where I have a problem. It's a cool idea and all, but in practice, it's not as useful as one might think. As an ultrabook, it's great. A matte 1080p display. When you close the lid, you're in tablet mode. I've found with other hybrid ultrabooks, it's still sometimes useful to have access to the keyboard. You might want to type something out... fill in forms... or just use the trackpad to click on something that you can't quite touch. With the Taichi, when you're in tablet mode, the ultrabook is closed, so you can't use the keyboard. Designs from Dell and Lenovo allow you convert to tablet mode by flipping the display or folding the keyboard back behind the display (Yoga). This design lets you use the device as either an ultrabook with a touch display... or you can get the keyboard out of the way and use it just as a tablet. And, they do it with a single display. With the Taichi, you get a non-touch ultrabook "or" a tablet without a keyboard.

There's no doubt about it... it's an interesting design. But, the extra cost with having two displays isn't really justified except if you have a need/use for having the outside screen active while you're in ultrabook mode (so someone else can see it).

Of course at this price, it's a non-issue. As I had mentioned earlier, even without the external screen and as an ultrabook alone, it's well worth the $500 price tag.

Battery life is mediocre. The reburb I received was exactly the same as pictured. The machine is like new with the cellophane peel-off around the display, etc. However, it does not come with any accessories except the charger. I think it's a European keyboard. It's certainly not a standard U.S. one. The "return" key is further off to the right. I keep hitting the slash instead of return. It's not that big of a deal. I can get used to it. All the U.S. and European characters are printed on the keys (maybe it's an international keyboard?). They seem to default to the correct U.S. characters, so that's fine. Perhaps if you set it up for a different country, the appropriate alternate characters would apply.

Despite my quibbles, I still bought a second one since the price was just irresistible for what I already knew was a great machine.

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  • Darrell L.
  • 6/1/2014 8:33:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsUltrabook with 2 screens hybrid

Pros: It’s small, it’s light, it has 2 screens, so it’s like a heavy tablet, or a very light laptop, in one. I like the two 1920X1080 screens, though I still think that’s overkill resolution for such a small screen. Thus is the world we live in.
Pro tags: weight, 2 screens, 1080P

Cons: Asus does NOT include the following in this refurbished bundle:
-Micro HDMI to HDMI adapter/cable
-AAAA Battery for stylist.
-COVER. The cover is IMPORTANT and it’s a pain that they didn’t include it. You absolutely NEED a cover because the lid is all screen. The laptop is wonky in size, it’s 12” X 8”, meaning that all the good cheap laptop sleeves on the most popular online auction site that I can't name, won’t fit this right. A little ticked it wasn’t included.
You can’t upgrade the RAM, which is a little annoying. 4GB is barely acceptable if you want to put a RAMDrive as your temp folder and internet cache (to reduce the amounts of writes to the SSD). But the “ultrabook” is indeed upgradable (SSD at least) and they haven’t glued it together. Any computer TORX set of screwdrivers and you can open this up and replace the battery, upgrade the SSD.

Other Thoughts: Point blank, you are going to NEED to update the bios if you want to update to Windows 8.1 and have the lid screen work.
There are 2 versions of the bios, I bought this in Late May 2014 and mine was the TACHI21 (vs TACHI21A) and so I needed the version 211 bios. Threw it on a thumbdrive, press F12 to get into bios, and it updated itself zero problems. Then your lid screen will work.
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_TAICHI_21/HelpDesk_Download/

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for the positive comment you have provided with the laptop. I certainly understand your concern regarding the missing accessories on the refurbished unit. Refurbished or recertified units may not include all accessories available for brand new units. Thank you for providing helpful tips on how to successfully update the BIOS. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3748789 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Shirai W.
  • 4/14/2014 7:01:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It's a great laptop all around, as long as you can live with some cons.

The keyboard is outstanding. I type a lot, all day long really, and the keyboard couldn't be better. And this coming from a Thinkpad owner of 10 years.

The touchpad is flawless, it works like a charm. I've never used a touchpad this good. I think it's pretty on par with mac touchpads, both on desktop and modern areas of Windows 8.

The build quality seems top notch and it's a gorgeous piece of hardware. Sure, you have to handle it with care because of the screen on the lid but overall it's a great build.

The 1080p Screens are top notch, the viewing angles are great, the colors look great, the text is sharp, a lot to like there.

Cons: If you have both screen on. And you're thinking about doing some work while your kid plays a game on the other side. Forget it. This isn't possible. It is a single laptop with a single mouse pointer. Every time your kid touches the outer screen your mouse will move to his screen and you have to drag it back into your screen. The two screens simply work like any extended display, if you used a system with 2 screens before you'll know how this works.

Other Thoughts: The bezel around the inner screen is as big as it is around the outer screen. It's kinda big on the side and looks unusual for laptop screens.

Battery life, 3 hours of heavy use.

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