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It’s hard to know which side of this com­puter re­quires at­ten­tion. Open its lid and the Asus Taichi looks and works like a lap­top, al­beit an un­nat­u­rally slen­der one. Close its lid and you can con­tinue work­ing on the Taichi’s ex­te­rior 11.6-inch screen like it’s a tablet com­puter. The trans­fer from one screen to an­other takes only sec­onds, mak­ing it the per­fect ar­range­ment when you need to show off pho­tos, share a web­site or play an im­por­tant app with­out the dis­trac­tion of a key­board. Asus has also packed enough power into this ma­chine, with an In­tel Core i5 or i7 chip, 4GB RAM and 128 or 256GB solid-state drives mak­ing quick work of Win­dows 8 Pro­fes­sional, and en­sur­ing multi-task­ing is sim­ple. The Taichi is heav­ier than a tablet at 1.25kg, but it’s more use­ful. But users must pre­pare for fin­ger­print smudges and buy a travel case.

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