Dell Inspiron Duo: Hybrid Netbook/Tablet

Tablet PCs are all the rage these days, with products like the iPad on the market. Netbooks are also becoming increasingly popular with their portable size, which essentially makes them a mini laptop.

So what makes the perfect matrimony of the two products? Dell’s Inspiron Duo certainly fits the criteria.

As shown on stage at Intel’s IDF 2010 day two keynote, this new gadget from Dell offers the best of both worlds by incorporating a swivel screen to the netbook to turn it into a tablet.

The netbook/tablet hybrid has a 10-inch screen, houses a dual-core Intel Atom N550 and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The swivel only spins in one direction and houses a capacitive multitouch screen. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the gadget at this moment.

So far, no pricing has been revealed, but the Dell promises that the Inspiron Duo will be available later this year.

Personally I think this is a great invention seeing as there is no compromise between the entertainment and productivity balance. Full entertainment value garnered as a tablet and productivity with the physical keyboard. I actually really want one for myself!