Asus Taichi 21 Series

Asus Taichi 21-CW005HProcessor: Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch
Weight: 1.25kg, 1.254kg, 1.3kg
Price: 1100, 1200, 1599, 1600 euro
Average Score: 70.52% - average
Average of 21 scores (from 27 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: 76%, features: 62%, display: 82%
mobility: 65%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 66%, emissions: 86%

 

Asus Taichi 21-CW001H

With the introduction of Windows 8 and its touch-oriented interface and colorful tiles, many OEMs hastily launch laptops and tablets with touch screens to ride the wave of innovation. Some even introduce devices which can be used as laptops and tablets, e.g., the Sony Vaio Duo 11 with its sliding mechanism, the Dell XPS 12 with flippable display, and the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga which can open the screen to 360 degree. Among all these devices, the Asus Taichi 21 with its dual-screen stands out the most.

Basically, Asus took the already popular Zenbook prime design, put an additional touch-enabled screen on the lid, and called it Taichi. Thanks to its innovative design, the Taichi could attract many business customers. They can take notes in tablet mode during long meetings or present new products to potential customers in dual-screen mode. The idea behind this dual screen laptop is cool and a novelty for business users, and it works. The two high quality fullHD displays and the zenbook-like weight, built-quality and keyboard are worth mentioning here, as they make the Taichi a very attractive ultrabook.

The only two downsides of the Taichi are its somewhat short battery life compared to traditional ultrabook, which is average for touch-screen ultrabooks, and that the inner screen is not touch-enabled. The latter could be a deal breaker for many users. With the introduction of the Intel's 4th generation Core-i series, the battery life problem can surely be solved. If the Taichi concept is a little bit revised, it could be one of the most, if not the most useful, device for all scenario.

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-CW001HNotebook: Asus Taichi 21-CW001H
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.254kg
Price: 1599 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 69.57% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

86% Review Asus Taichi 21 Convertible Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
Revolutionary. One device designed for all jobs. Browsing, presentations, typing, mobility and working with a partner. The simple idea of installing a dual-TFT on the front and rear is to revolutionize using a Windows PC.
70% ASUS Taichi 21 notebook review
Source: APC Mag English
We’re used to seeing interesting designs when it comes to Windows 8 tablets and convertibles, but the Taichi takes the cake for originality.We’re not sold on the idea of twin displays and it’s obviously come at the cost of other components. If you can find a good reason to use both screens, there’s nothing else quite like the Taichi, although it feels more of a proof of concept than a usable solution.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Asus Taichi 21
Source: Computer Shopper English
There's little arguing the fact that the Taichi is a well-built premium laptop. And both of its screens are of excellent quality. But like pretty much every hybrid or convertible we've seen so far, its split personality results in a compromised experience on both sides. As a tablet, the Taichi is powerful and responsive, but it's also about twice as heavy as most similarly sized dedicated tablets. And battery life is also pretty short by tablet standards.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Asus Taichi 21
Source: Techreview Source English
Windows 8 opened up new possibilities for mobile computing and the Asus Taichi 21 takes advantage of this. It has dual 11.6-inch 1080p displays where the second on the back of the primary display acts as a tablet when closed. Both of the displays look really good but the battery life is short. Asus really tried to keep the Taichi 21 light and compact and they certainly succeeded. It measures 12.1 x 7.8 x 0.7-inches (wdh) and weighs just shy of 3-pounds. The design is also eye-pleasing with an aluminum keyboard deck, sides and bottom with tapering edges to finish it off. Our only design question was why Asus put such a thick bezel around the primary display.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Asus Taichi Review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Overall, the Asus Taichi handled the Windows 8 OS very well, with very little lag when swiping between live tiles, and programs popped up almost as soon as we selected them. However, after installing a number of applications and storing a sufficient amount of data, we can imagine that it could slow down a bit.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Asus Taichi review
Source: Techradar English
The Asus Taichi stands up as a supremely desirable piece of consumer tech that acts as a sterling showcase for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Both power and usability are first class, and the design - as we've come to expect from Asus - really is head-turning. The Asus Taichi works better as a laptop than a tablet, but it's one of the best examples we've yet seen of marrying the two form factors together.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Asus Taichi Review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Taichi’s screen-on-screen action could be exactly what some people want – be they business types, show-offs or just wildly popular Ultrabook users who never get any peace from their adoring fans. It is a touch too unwieldy to use as a touchscreen tablet to justify that £1200 price tag, but it’s already available for less so you may not have to stretch right up to the RRP.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
67% Asus Taichi review
Source: PC Pro English
Many manufacturers are struggling to find the most natural meeting point between the tablet and the laptop, and Asus’ own Windows 8 range provides yet more evidence of this. With its VivoBooks marrying touchscreens to standard laptops, the forthcoming VivoTab range mimicking the separate tablet and keyboard dock concept of the Android-powered Transformer Pad, and the Taichi 21 ploughing its own dual-screened furrow, it seems even Asus isn’t confident enough to put all of its eggs in one basket. Give it a few years and a refined, lighter chassis married with more power-efficient CPUs and improved battery life could see this dual-screened form factor present a compelling hybrid. At present, though, Asus’ Taichi 21 feels like a bold, innovative concept that’s just a little too far ahead of its time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/22/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 67% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
Taichi vs. Yoga
Source: PC Magazin - 3/13 German
Performance sufficient, battery runtime low
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2013
두 개의 창으로 강력한 모바일 PC를 즐겨라 - ASUS TAICHI (외형편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Positve: Convertable; aluminum case; comfortable keyboard; fullHD display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/07/2013

 

Asus Taichi 21-CW002H

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-CW002HNotebook: Asus Taichi 21-CW002H
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section
 Taichi 21-CW002H (Model)

Average Score: 73.33% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

67% Review: ASUS Taichi 21
Source: PC Authority English
Many manufacturers are struggling to find the most natural meeting point between the tablet and the laptop, and Asus’ own Windows 8 range provides yet more evidence of this. With its VivoBooks marrying touchscreens to standard laptops, the forthcoming VivoTab range mimicking the separate tablet and keyboard dock concept of the Android-powered Transformer Pad, and the Taichi 21 ploughing its own dual-screened furrow, it seems even Asus isn’t confident enough to put all of its eggs in one basket. Give it a few years and a refined, lighter chassis married with more power-efficient CPUs and improved battery life could see this dual-screened form factor present a compelling hybrid. At present, though, Asus’ Taichi 21 feels like a bold, innovative concept that’s just a little too far ahead of its time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 67%
ASUS Taichi 21 Review
Source: Ultrabook News English
ASUS deserves applause for trying something new and doing it as well as is possible given the current technology. It’s a flagship product that’s brought ASUS a lot of well- deserved attention but we don’t think it’s going to sell that well. It’s simply ahead of its time. Ivy Bridge is not a consumer tablet-capable processor and sandwiching two 1080p screens comes with big size and battery life trade-offs. The Taichi 21 needs to be 20% lighter with 50% better battery life. Interestingly that could be only one generation away. Haswell could make products like this into highly dynamic and usable devices that span consumer and business use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/11/2013
ASUS TAICHI 21 review
Source: Engadget English
Around the time I wrote this review, I was also working on Engadget's first-ever laptop buyer's guide. I was sure the TAICHI would be a shoo-in for the convertible section, what with its innovative design and sterling spec sheet. Unfortunately, as inventive as this is as a concept, the finished product isn't quite what we all thought it would be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2013
75% ASUS Taichi 21 Windows 8 hybrid Ultrabook review
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The ASUS Taichi 21 is a hybrid Ultrabook that ships with two Full HD screens. Open the lid to use it as a laptop, close the lid to use it as a tablet. It's easy to use and it provides a very good tablet experience. It's not perfect though: we think it needs some tweaks to the hardware and software. But overall, it's a unit worth considering if you're after a Windows 8 hybrid unit.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 75%
78% Doppelt hält (nicht) besser
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 63% performance: 75% features: 66% display: 89% mobility: 71% ergonomy: 88%
Ein Fall für Zwei – Asus Taichi mit zwei 13-Zoll-Full-HD-Displays
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2013
Rating: performance: 70% features: 30% display: 70% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 20%

 

Asus Taichi 21-DH71

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-DH71Notebook: Asus Taichi 21-DH71
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 64.17% - average
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

60% Asus Taichi 21 review
Source: IT Reviews English
The Asus Taichi 21 offers a unique dual-display design, but the end result is a good ultrabook combined with a middling tablet, at a fairly high price. Ultimately, the Asus Taichi 21 (Taichi 21-DH71) is a decent ultrabook, with an innovative design that may not have broad appeal. That’s a shame because the glass-backed lid looks great, and the Zenbook-like design of the laptop echoes Asus’s best systems.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Asus Taichi 21
Source: PC Mag English
Ultimately, the Asus Taichi 21 (Taichi 21-DH71) is a decent ultrabook, with an innovative design that may not have broad appeal. That's a shame because the glass-backed lid looks great, and the Zenbook-like design of the laptop echoes Asus's best systems. Unfortunately, in this period of dual-device confusion, the attitude of "let's throw something at the touch screen and see what sticks" puts the Taichi 21 in the unenviable position of being a good ultrabook and a mediocre tablet, and not everyone will appreciate the combination of the two as a dual-display device. Despite the two-screened awkwardness, short battery life, and premium price, I'll gladly give Asus props for taking an innovative stab at today's odd design problems. For a better convertible ultrabook, however, consider either the Dell XPS 12 or the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, and for our top pick for ultrabooks, consider the Editors' Choice Toshiba Portege Z935-P300 $999.00 at Amazon Marketplace.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
75% Dual screens, but only one does touch
Source: CNet English
The Asus Taichi 21 is fun, inventive, and a great conversation starter. It's also likely more clever than practical for many, and has a bit of a novelty feel -- but that's true of many of the new breed of Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrids, as PC makers struggle to find forms that will appeal to consumers. The marketplace will ultimately decide which designs move forward.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
55% Asus Taichi 21 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Oh Asus, you tried so hard to impress us with the Taichi 21 – and it worked … at first. The idea behind this hybrid is cool and different, and we want to like it. We wish the battery life was a little longer, the bottom was less toasty, and the Taichi had some apps that make the two screens less of a novelty and more of a must-have feature. Alas, that is not the case, and we’re genuinely sad to say so.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 55%
ASUS Taichi 21: Ultratablet
Source: Inside HW English
As a finished product, Taichi is a huge step ahead for the market, especially since most other manufacturers have stopped at the drawing board for now. Disregarding its few minor drawbacks, Taichi 21 has definitely ploughed no man’s land, with ASUS starting a new chapter in the IT industry yet again.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/26/2013
50% ASUS Taichi 21 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
ASUS' Taichi 21 offers an innovative dual-screen design in a lightweight chassis along with impressive sound. Not only is it easy to change from notebook to tablet mode, you can use the external screen for giving presentations. And while there's nowhere to put the pen on the system, we appreciate that the Taichi supports pen input. Unfortunately, its short battery life makes the $1,599 price tough to justify.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
75% Asus Taichi 21
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
After the June announcement's shock and awe wore off, the Asus Taichi seemed flashy rather than brilliant. After all, few of us really have use for two displays and those displays add weight and reduce durability (the lid is a piece of glass). Sure, it's novel and allows us to stick with the comfort of a traditional notebook hinge and form factor, but is it worth the $100 premium over single display models?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 75%

 

Asus Taichi 21-CW003H

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-CW003HNotebook: Asus Taichi 21-CW003H
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1100 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

75% Asus Taichi im Test – Ultrabook Convertible mit zwei Displays
Source: Ultrabook King German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
85% Asus Taichi : Double Face
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%

 

Asus Taichi 21-DH51

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-DH51Notebook: Asus Taichi 21-DH51
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% ASUS Taichi 21-DH51 Convertible Ultrabook Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
ASUS certainly offers a very different approach to a convertible laptop by making one with both internal and external displays. This is actually quite useful in some situations when sharing the laptop for presentations. The big downside here is that only the external display is touch enabled and also compatible with the digitizer pen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Asus Taichi 21-CW009H

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-CW009HNotebook: Asus Taichi 21-CW009H
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.25kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

83% Asus Taichi
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

Asus Taichi 21-CW005H

Specifications

Asus Taichi 21-CW005HNotebook: Asus Taichi 21-CW005H
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.25kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

 

Необикновеният ASUS TAICHI 21 е в България – кратко представяне и цена
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Powerful and clear sound system; wide viewing angles of the display; stylish and sleek design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/13/2014

 

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Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

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Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

Intel Core i5:

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.25 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

1.3 kg:


70.52%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Core i3 3229Y, 0.8 kg
» Acer Iconia W701
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t-A-111
Core i5 3339Y, 1.5 kg
» Samsung ATIV Tab 7 XE700T1C-G01DE
Core i5 3317U, 0.9 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-3322Y4G12AS
Core i3 3229Y, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t-A-106
Core i5 3439Y, 1.5 kg
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Core i5 3339Y, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-6408
Core i3 3229Y, 1.4 kg
» Gigabyte S1185
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130-NZU8CGE
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire P3-171-5333Y4G12as
Core i5 3339Y, 0.8 kg
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Core i5 3317U, 1 kg
» Toshiba WT310
Core i5 3339Y, 0.825 kg
» Asus Taichi 21-CW009H
Core i7 3517U, 1.25 kg
» Acer Aspire S7-191-53334G12ASS
Core i5 3337U, 1 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z10t
Core i5 3339Y, 1.435 kg
» Gigabyte U2142-CF1
Core i5 3337U, 1.4 kg
» HP EliteBook Revolve 810
Core i5 3437U, 1.352 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Core i5 3427U, 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire P3
Core i5 3339Y, 1.4 kg
» MSI S20-i541 UltraSlider
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Core i3 3120M, 2.5 kg
» Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D11215CGB
Core i5 3317U, 1.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-11-20 (Update: 2012-11-20)