Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Tablet / Netbook Review

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 Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Gaming Performance

To touch on gaming performance, we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a resolution of 1280x720. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below. For comparison, we've included results for the Core i5-540M/Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD-based laptop we looked at in our Intel Arrandale Core i3/i5 article.

We've seen sub-$500 netbooks handle these two titles fairly well, but those netbooks had discrete GPUs or chipset IGPs, that the Inspiron Duo lacks. Then again, we've never even attempted to run these two titles on a tablet, so when you realize that at least it'll run these games at all, it's somewhat impressive from that point of view. It's really in how you look at it. The bottom line, however, is that the Duo isn't cut out for gaming, and you should look elsewhere if you need a highly mobile machine that can play first-person shooters.  Perhaps a role playing title or online game could be in order but nothing too fast-action.

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