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ASUS Taichi31 Dual Screen 2in1 Ultrabook - i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen w/Active Digitizer Windows 8 (Taichi31-NS51T, Rev2)

  • Dual Screens with Active Digitizer
  • Intel Core i5 3337U (1.80GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 128GB SSD
  • 13.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Touchscreen (outside screen)
  • Windows 8 (64bit)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Alan B.
  • 11/18/2014 10:41:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall Great

Pros: It's both a tablet and a laptop. It's a really cool idea and it is working great. It is about as fast as I was expecting it to be. It's not fast enough to game on but if you're going to use in in class to take notes or give a presentation it is perfect.

Cons: It isn't the computer itself the but default app for note taking makes my handwriting look worse than it already is.

Other Thoughts: I am afraid that I will drop it and break the top screen. I'm not going to test how strong it is haha. everything seems to be working great if you update windows and all of your drivers.

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  • James F.
  • 11/17/2014 10:15:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE MY TAICHI

Pros: I am the CTO of a small computer networking firm. I have had hundreds of laptops come across my lap, and I must say, this is by far the best one i have owned. Having the ability to run both screens so that I can show a client how to operate their system while i work on mine is TREMENDOUS. the switching between tablet and laptop mode is quite smooth. I know that other people on here have described some patches that need to be updated, this was not the case with mine. I did a clean load of windows 8.1 the day that I received my new laptop, no issues whatsoever, even the latest BIOS was already installed. This little thing is so freakin awesome, and I am pretty spoiled with most of my systems. I have at least 24GB of RAM in all of my machines except this laptop, which i don't need. It performs admirably in all facets regardless of the lack of RAM. the solid state drive and Core i5 more than make up for the lack of physical RAM.

I suppose if you only have one machine and you want to play games or render things for photo or for video, you might want to get something with a Core i7 and 16GB of RAM, but for everything i do with this bad boy, its PERFECT!

Cons: I can think of none, except i would like more RAM.

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  • Mike T.
  • 11/14/2014 5:05:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLemon update

Pros: Just about everything......when it worked.

Cons: Over heat shut off.

Other Thoughts: Returned and tested by Newegg and they determined the machine was defective. Getting a full refund. Newegg has it right, professional. I hope ASUS uses this information to fix the machine, correct the problem, for when it worked, it was an amazing machine.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the overheating issue is an isolated case possibly related to a faulty hardware. ASUS provides warranty for the laptop in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N141156855 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Mike T.
  • 11/5/2014 7:59:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLemon

Pros: Everything about it was great, until...

Cons: Had a mind of it's own. Over heat and shut down.

Other Thoughts: I hope it's just a fluke that this machine is a lemon. The first week or so I couldn't wait to show the machine to everyone. After a week or so the machine shut down on it's own. The screen would go blank. The fan would burst on very loud. After about 30 seconds of blank screen, loud fan, it would turn completely off and couldn't turn on again for a half hour or so, only to do it again. After a few emails, it was agreed it could be a heat problem. It just arrived at Newegg as a RMA package of which the cost of shipping was on me. When I get the machine back or get a full refund, I will return here and Re-Review. I absolutely recommend this machine....when it works.

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  • Gaurang P.
  • 10/27/2014 12:24:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Concept but still need fix Windows 8.1 issues

Pros: Great concept of hybrid.
I am a developer, so I like that I can use it as a laptop when I need to work and use it as a tablet when I need it.

Cons: After upgrading to Windows 8.1 it will not seamlessly switch between screens, you will have to press TaiChi button to make the switch (even though that option is enabled). Even with using older driver. Or updated graphics driver + bios.

Also, you can't make any backup DVDs until you upgrade to Windows 8.1 because Asus' own BackTracker is not compatible with Windows 8 !! So you have to use 3rd party tools to create recovery image.

It's mentioned no where but it has only 60 gig usable space out of 128 gig total (it includes recovery drive + os installation), which seems like very less.

The machine I got have what appears to be fiber threads underneath the outside screen, right below ASUS logo. But I have not sent my unit for replacement.

Other Thoughts: I must say to me it is really great option for me compared to flipping or sliding or swinging mechanism because it feels more sturdy .... only if it works with Windows 8.1

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  • Ashley D.
  • 10/17/2014 4:12:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I love the dual screens! switching back and forth from the touch and regular screen is easy. The quality of both screens is good and the start up speed is instant.

Cons: I have no cons at this time.

Other Thoughts: I am a college student and this computer is amazing! Perfect size and weight and great for watching movies.

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  • Peter F.
  • 9/26/2014 2:20:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Computer

Pros: Great Keyboard, Screens have great resolution, Fast, and allot of interfaces, SD card, 2 USB, 2 video and it looks good. The price was great.

Cons: needs Touch screen on back and front.

Other Thoughts: I wanted larger hard drive but I am too impatient to wait for it to come out. Make sure you update the drivers (2) before you upgrade to Win 8.1. For 2 screens it runs a while on battery power.

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  • David W.
  • 9/21/2014 2:10:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent form factor

Pros: I have been evaluating a number of form factors for my systems at home. The HP Envy Touchsmart, HP Revolve, Dell XPS 18, Surface Pro 3, iPad, etc and have landed on this as the best balance. The use as a laptop and tablet is a great balance. I now have three of them with Windows 8.1 and do not have any issues. Of course, I did update to the latest BIOS and driver versions so that may be contributing to others' problems. As a note, I did remove the McAfee AV since that seemed to interfere with the Windows Update process.

Battery life - very good - about 4 hours of constant use (not gaming)
Presentation mode - I use mine for demos and presentations for my work. Excellent for this use.
Relatively light - not as small or light as a pure tablet, but close.

Cons: The update to Windows 8.1 can pose some issues but is not difficult with all updates and drivers in place. Make sure you have those in place before attempting. I have not seen any of the buggy issues with the display that others have noted. There is also a lock screen button on the side (so it does NOT convert when the lid is closed)

Other Thoughts: I really like the approach that ASUS took with this hybrid laptop. I think they have a winner but it seems to be marred, somewhat, with users reporting update issues.

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  • Derik B.
  • 9/8/2014 8:39:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSlick

Pros: This is an ideal selection for people who want a tablet formfactor but can't dispense with laptop utility entirely. Works great as a tablet, works great as a laptop and very sturdy construction.

I got this as a replacement for a flimsy Dell laptop that was also windows 8 but without touch and with a traditional laptop screen. I was considering a traditional tablet, but I am glad I selected this instead.

The functionality is intuitive and ability to be flexible with the screens (mirror, tablet only, laptop only, dual screens) is a game-changer. This would be a great machine for presenting to clients one-on-one or to a very small group of clients.

It is redundant, but I cannot applaud Asus enough for their sturdy construction.

Cons: The few issues that I am seeing are that the battery seems a little short, and the heat dissipation vents make it a little touchy. Doesn't work well on my lap as fabric blocks the vents.

When it gets hot it is a bit noisy.

Other Thoughts: THIS is great form factor - I wish there were more choices using this 2-in-1 space. Great Idea using opposing screens rather than the wonky rotating screens and flimsy hinged screens! I don't care if the cost is a little more, I am more comfortable using this knowing that I won't break the screen opening and closing the book. Tablet functionality is phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/5/2014 8:58:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat product ruined by some glitchy BIOS/Software glitches

Pros: Excellent display, Solid build, Good value for money, Instant on, Super light.

Cons: Windows 8.1 ruined it because of lack of compatible BIOS from Asus, Less than decent battery life, External display is not as good as internal.

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying this. This is probably the best ultrabook you will get for $699. It is a solid build and can go head to head with macbook air/pro. I would even say that this would win.

I bought this ultrabook 2 weeks ago and I have been messing around with it all day all night. I have taken enough time to give my honest and best review possible. So this is not a review that I am doing overnight.

Excellent inside display, and I am afraid that cannot be said about the outer display. You will see the difference once switch back to tablet mode. I will come back to that in a second, but yeah ASUS claims to have 1080p resolution for both screen but difference is rather clear to see. That's the biggest downside of this ultrabook.

Now, switching between laptop and tablet mode will get creep you out once you update to 8.1 and I assume at this point everyone have updated to 8.1. I have seen other reviews in which ASUS tells to update the BIOS to 209, but I already have BIOS 209 out of the box. I even tried the link posted in other reviews and downloaded the BIOS from there. When I tried installing BIOS 209, it says BIOS file is older than current installed version. It will fix the problem once you restart the computer but that will be only for one time. It is such a shame that some minor BIOS compability issue is ruining the whole experience of having a tablet and laptop on a single device.

Now I like this product, and I am not gonna return it. But that does not mean that ASUS shouldn't fix this issue. It is kinda irritating that whenever I want, the tablet mode won't work.

Please Please ASUS fix this issue, I am literally begging.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for considering the Taichi31 the best UltraBook that you will get at a reasonable price. I certainly understand your issue with the switching mode after upgrading to WINDOWS 8.1. Besides updating to BIOS version 209, the old VGA driver needs to be uninstalled in the Device Manager and install VGA driver version V10.18.10.3412. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N140921715 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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