[CES 2014] Thanks to the introduction of Windows 8, along with its user interface which looked like it was designed for touchscreens in mind, we have been seeing a lot of hybrid devices as of late, combining features of a tablet and a notebook into a single device, allowing the user to swap between functions as needed. It might not have the grace and light-weightedness of a real tablet, but we suppose it’s a trade-off and if you’re in the market for such a device, ASUS has announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, a device which ASUS is calling the world’s first quad-mode dual-operating system laptop and convertible. Phew.Unlike most hybrid devices that basically only run Windows, ASUS’s Transformer Book Duet will run both Android and Windows, allowing the user to switch between operating systems as needed The device will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD graphics, 4GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM, and ASUS’s SonicMaster audio technology, which will hopefully appeal to the more discerning user. In terms of display, the Transformer Book Duet will feature a 13.3” Full HD IPS display. The hybrid device will also come with up to 1TB of HDD space and up to 128GB of SSD, meaning that in terms of load speeds, the Transformer Book Duet will be relatively speedy. It will also feature the typical connectivity options such as WiFi, Bluetooth, and will come with a USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, HDMI ports, audio jack, and a DC jack for charging.
THe Asus Transformer Book Duet will cost $599.