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Toshiba Satellite Click: A large tablet/laptop for $600

Brian Nadel | Oct. 28, 2013
Toshiba's new hybrid features a 13-in. Windows 8 tablet that snaps into its own keyboard when one's needed.

The Click's ports are minimalist: audio, micro-HDMI and microUSB 2.0. It comes with a 6-in.-long micro-to-full-size USB adapter cable that works well for connecting it to a computer; however, the cable makes it awkward to use with a USB key. The Click's communications are covered with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The tablet is outfitted with an AMD A4-1200 dual-core processor that runs at 1GHz. It comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard disk drive that spins at 5,400 rpm. If that's not enough, it sports a micro-SD card slot to add up to 64GB of storage.

Making a keyboard connection
The Click tablet is detached from the keyboard section by flipping a lever at the screen's base and pulling it free. I had no problem with that process; on the other hand, I found it hard to line up the latches that enable you to reconnect the two pieces.

I did discover one small improvement that made things simpler: A small notch cut out of the base of the keyboard portion makes it much easier to pull the screen open when the Click is in its "laptop" configuration. It's a small thing, but I appreciated the additional ease of use.

Another nice feature: At its base, the Click's screen has two rubber feet that steady the screen when the keyboard is attached. As a result, when the display is poked and swiped, it doesn't wobble as much as some other touch-screen laptops on the market.

I was disappointed to find that the keyboard is not backlit; it also seemed to flex a lot when I was typing.

The keyboard base adds a full-size USB 3.0 port that can also charge a phone. The tablet has its own speakers; when it's attached to the keyboard, it uses the keyboard's two speakers instead. The Click uses DTS Studio Sound technology, but to my ears the audio was on the thin and shrill side, particularly for music, no matter which pair of speakers I was using.

From its 5mm hard drive that uses advanced power management techniques, to the low-voltage CPU and graphics accelerator (which consumes less than 4 watts total), the Click has been designed to use a minimum of power. As a result, it doesn't have a cooling fan. I found that this passive approach to cooling not only made for a quieter experience, but saved on battery usage as well.

The tablet and keyboard each have a separate 3,300mAh battery and power input. When the two parts are mated, the tablet is charged first and the keyboard's battery is drained first, increasing the chances that the tablet will be charged and ready when you need it.

 

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