There are plenty of convertible notebooks and netbooks on the market today. They all use a screen that swivels at the base and folds down to turn into a tablet and that process can take a bit of time and the hinges always feel flimsy to me. Dell unveiled its Inspiron Duo convertible netbook a while back and the machine has a very interesting design for the convertible screen.
Rather than having a pivot at the base of the screen, the Duo has two pivot on the sides of the screen and a frame for the screen that doesn't move. To convert the user simply rotates the screen from facing the keyboard to facing away from it. The Duo can also be used in landscape of portrait modes in tablet guise as well.
Dell announced yesterday afternoon that its Inspiron Duo was available on Dell.com. The exclusive retail store for the device is the Microsoft Store. The netbook has a 10.1-inch screen, a N550 Atom dual core CPU, 1.3MP webcam, 250GB HDD, and 2GB of RAM. The netbook alone is $549 and if you add the docking station it costs $649.