ASUS Taichi 21 (11-inch) - Dual Displays

Launch SRP: S$2698

Benchmarking and Performance

Benchmarking and Performance

Like most Windows 8 convertible Ultrabooks today, the ASUS Taichi 21 pulls double duty, as a big (and heavy) tablet when you need it to. However, it’s first and foremost an Ultrabook, with Ultrabook components such as a consumer-ultra-low-voltage (CULV) processor.

As such, its performance is expected to be on par, with other premium Ultrabooks (with SSD instead of a mechanical HDD) out in the market. To give you a gauge on where it stands, we’ve selected some of the latest Windows 8 Ultrabooks to compare it against. Also take note that the Sony Vaio Duo 11 scores are taken from a Core i5 variant, instead of a Core i7 variant stated in the table. 

Notebooks Compared
  ASUS Taichi 21 Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro Sony Vaio Duo 11 (Core i7-3517U) Acer Aspire S7-391 (13-inch) Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13
Launch SRP
  • From S$2698
  • From S$2199
  • From S$2699
  • From S$1998
  • From S$1899
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-3517U, 4M Cache, 1.9GHz with 3.0GHz Turbo Boost
  • Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (1.70GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
  • Intel HM76 Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz)
  • HM76
  • Intel Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz)
  • HM77 Express
  • 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz
Operating System
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
System Memory
  • 1600MHz DDR3 4GB
  • 4GB DDR3 (1600MHz)
  • 8GB
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 4GB, 8GB DDR3
Video & Display
  • Tablet Mode (Outside): 11.6-inch, IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080), 10-point touch
  • Notebook Mode (Inside): 11.6-inch, IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080), non-touch
  • 11.6-inch, PLS type, 400 nits
  • Native Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS Display
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Intel HD 4000
  • 13.3-inch Full HD LED Multi-touch (1920 x 1080p)
  • 13.3" HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen) (1600x900) Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
Storage
  • SSD SATA3 256GB
  • 128GB SSD
  • 256GB SSD
  • 128GB SSD
  • 128GB SSD
Connectivity
  • 802.11a/b/g/n with Intel WiDi support, External cable supports 10/100Mbit/s, Ethernet, Bluetooth v4.0
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • USB-to-Ethernet Dongle
  • 4G/LTE, 3G
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Lan
  • Intel WiDi
  • Gigabit Lan
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC support
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless Bluetooth®
I/O Ports
  • 1 x mini VGA port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x micro-HDMI 1.4 (1080p support)
  • 1 x audio jack combo
  • 1 x micro-HDMI
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • microSD card reader
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x RJ-45
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x Multi-card reader
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x audio combo jack
  • 1 x card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port 1 x USB 3.0 port 1 x Combo jack 1 x HDMI 1 x 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
Miscellaneous
  • Camera: Tablet Mode (Outside): 5 Megapixels with auto-focus & 1080p video recording / Notebook Mode (Inside): 720p HD camera
  • Integrated Camera: 2MP (front) / 5MP (rear)
  • Input Devices: Keyboard (80/81keys), Digitizer Pen, Multi-Touch
  • Front and back 2.4MP Full HD web cameras powered by Exmor R for PC and microphone
  • Digitiser Stylus
  • Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TCG ver. 1.2 certified)
  • Gorilla Glass protected display and lid, webcam
  • AccuType keyboard OneKey® Recovery
Battery Type
  • Li-Polymer 35WH (4800mAh)
  • 49Wh
  • Up to 8 hours battery life (as printed)
  • 36WHr
  • 4-cell Lithium Polymer (35Wh)
  • 54.7WHr
Dimensions
  • 306.6 x 199.3 x 17.4mm
  • 304.0 x 11.89 x 189.4mm (without keyboard)
  • 304.0 x 21.89 x 189.4mm (with keyboard)
  • 320 x 199 x 17.85mm
  • 323.3 x 223.5 x 11.9
  • 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm
Weight
  • 1.25kg (with 6-cell Li-ion battery pack)
  • 878g (without keyboard)
  • 1.6kg (with keyboard)
  • 1.3kg
  • 1.3kg
  • 1.54kg
Audio
  • 2 speakers
  • Dolby Home Theater technology v4
  • Microphone

 

PCMark 7

PCMark 7 is a benchmark that puts the notebooks through a standard battery of tests. The tests puts stress on each of the machine’s components (CPU, GPU, SSD) and gives a score based on how well they hold up. An overall score is then given, which gives us an idea of how the machine performs.

Here, the ASUS Taichi with its 1.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor manages to stay slightly ahead of the rest. It shows that having a faster clock speed does translate to a performance boost. The advantage it has here is negligible in real world usage, but it can come in handy for more compute intensive tasks such as video transcoding and the likes.

 

3DMark 11 & Far Cry 2

The onboard GPU that comes with the Taichi’s Ivy Bridge processor is the same as those found in the other Ultrabooks. This means the Taichi’s graphic performance is the same as other Ultrabooks, even though it has a slightly higher clock speed.

This two benchmarks aren’t here to tell you that the Taichi can excel in gaming, because it can’t. Instead it’s here to show you that everyday tasks that involve the machine’s GPU like rendering of system animations and web pages, are no problem for the Taichi as it can definitely keep up with other Ultrabooks.

8.0
Design
8.5
Features
9
Performance
8
Value
7
Mobility
7.5
The Good
Dual full HD displays (one with touch capability)
Sturdy build
Good keyboard and trackpad
Novel approach to convertible notebooks
The Bad
Expensive
Niche product
Battery life could have been better
Smudge prone exterior facing glass lid
Interior display should have been touch capable