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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 review: Bulky as a laptop; bulkier as a tablet

Michelle Mastin | Sept. 3, 2014
2-in-1 hybrids are all the rage these days, with manufacturers hacking the screens off all manner of laptops. This makes sense when you're talking about a detachable 10- or 11-inch screen, but how does it play with sizes you wouldn't normally associate with a tablet? Toshiba sent its 13.3-inch Satellite Click 2 so we could find out.

The keyboard dock comes with Toshiba's TruType keys, which are basically the same chiclet keys you're used to. I found the keys to be oddly small with lots of space between them. While the feel is good, key presses just get lost or doubled on the way to the tablet way too often. The track pad is okay. It's big enough, but doesn't always pick up edge gestures or two finger scrolling as smoothly as I would like.  I often found it easier to simply reach up and touch the screen.

Performance

When it comes down to the numbers, the Click 2 fares well against its competition in the Pentium-powered hybrid class. The N3530 is a step up from the N3520 found in both the Lenovo Yoga 2 11 and the HP Pavillion x360, even though they run at the same 2.16GHz.

Both parts are quad-core CPUs from Intel's Bay Trail family, but the N3530 sports a slightly higher burst frequency (2.58GHz versus 2.42GHz), and its integrated graphics run slightly faster (896MHz versus 854MHz). Finally, the N3530 also supports Intel's Quick Sync video where the N3520 does not. These differences proved to be enough of a step up that the Click 2 outperformed both the Yoga and x360 by a point or two in each of our benchmarks.

The Click 2's battery life is also a good deal better, lasting over 6 hours versus the Yoga's 4.5-hour runtime. That means the Click 2 easily made it through a full day of occasional use, keeping up with everyday tasks like email, browsing, video streaming, and writing.

Buy it or skip it?

A 13.3-inch tablet just isn't my cup of tea, nor am I a fan of bulky laptops. Still, the Click 2 is an okay computer. Its performance and battery life are good for its price range, and its screen is bright and responsive (it just doesn't have very many pixels). The keyboard dock, on the other hand, is awkward and mistypes often enough to be annoying. I would highly recommend heading out to a store to see and feel the Click 2 for yourself.

 

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