There are a lot of neat laptop/tablet 2-in-1 convertible form factors coming out now running Windows 8.1. Unfortunately many of them are pretty pricey. The Toshiba Satellite Click on the other hand, is a 2-in-1 convertible that is designed to offer the convenience of both a laptop and a tablet, but at an affordable price point. The Click packs in a 13.3″ display that locks and unlocks from a hinge located on the device’s keyboard dock. Under the hood, the system is powered by the power-efficient and capable AMD A4 Dual Core APU.
The build quality of the Click is very solid and sturdy, and it certainly doesn’t make it feel like a budget device. Style wise, it’s pretty attractive looking with a brushed aluminum back lid, that is complimented by curved edges and black accents. The tablet easily detaches from its keyboard dock, and just as easily “clicks” securely back in. The Click’s design is also fanless, and it manages to stay quite cool in use. And notably, the 500GB hard drive is actually built into the display so that you have your storage available to you while in tablet mode.
What is especially nice about the display on the Click is that it is a 13.3″ touchscreen display, which is larger than most tablets displays. This display size makes the Click practical for serious use as a laptop, and small enough to be used leisurely as a tablet. That said, in tablet mode, the Click’s is really geared to be used primarily as a tablet in the home, as opposed to one designed for serious travel. And when it comes to weight, the Click weighs 4.81lbs with the keyboard dock, while the tablet alone weighs 2.81lbs, so yeh, it’s definitely not a tablet light enough for traveling. Also, the display resolution is just 1366×768, but it’s adequate. Fortunately the display offers good viewing angles, rich colors and it gets very bright. Overall, this is hardly a premium display, and it does show some graininess, but it is a very good display in comparison to other laptops in this price point. Meanwhile, its keyboard is well spaced but the keys feel a bit mushy and when you type it could be more tactile.
The Click is powered by the power efficient AMD A4 Dual Core APU with AMD Radeon HD 8180 graphics. This processor offers capable all around performance, and the system can handle most everyday tasks, including watching HD video. Fortunately, boot up time is pretty good at 16 seconds. In 3DMark Cloud Gate, it earned a score of 6904 under the Ice Storm Extreme test, and it earned a score of 1245 under the PCMark 8 Home Accelerated test, which all indicate that it’s a capable laptop, but not one of the faster systems out there.
The design of the Click sports dual batteries – so that there is a battery in the display, and also a battery located in the actual keyboard dock. Together the battery life is supposed to last up to 6 hours and 41 minutes when the display is docked, while on its own in tablet mode, the display can last for up to 3 hours and 46 minutes. Under real world use we saw these claims to be quite accurate.
When it comes to tablet mode, while the display is a bit heavy, it serves as a full fledged tablet with its own battery, accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. Most of the systems ports are also located on the display, with the exception of a USB 3.0 port that is located on the keyboard dock. This USB 3.0 port has support for sleep and charge. Meanwhile, on the display, there is a micro USB 2.0 port, a microSD slot, and a mini HDMI port – and a Micro HDMI dongle is included in the box so that you can easily connect the Click to a TV. The display also houses a .9MP HD camera.
Toshiba has bundled some extra software and utilities on the computer, including Toshiba Service Station, Toshiba Media Player, and Toshiba Eco Utility, to name a few. They have also preloaded the system with Adobe Reader, and a 1 month trial of Office 365, Norton Internet Security and Norton Anti-Theft. Unfortunately some other serious bloatware is also preloaded – including WildTangent Games.
In tablet mode, the Toshiba Satellite Click is not to be confused as a tablet for serious travelers, but it is an affordable solution for home users that want the best of both worlds without breaking the bank. We just wish that Toshiba had configured the Click with 8GB of RAM, especially since you can’t upgrade the memory on your own.
But overall, with its convenient form factor complimented by dual batteries, its strong hinge and build quality, inclusion of all of the necessary ports, its bright and colorful display, and the inclusion of plenty storage, Toshiba has done a good job of designing the system with practicality in mind. This all contributes to making the Toshiba Satellite Click a great value and a smart purchase that lets you join in on the 2-in-1 fray without hurting your wallet too much, just don’t expect to find a speed demon.
The Toshiba Satellite Click comes running Windows 8.1. It will retail for $599 and is sold exclusively at Best Buy and ToshibaDirect.
The Good: Form-factor offers the best of both worlds without breaking the bank, solid build quality, fanless design runs cool, very good battery life when in dock / laptop mode, lots of available storage for a tablet, powerful loud speakers, and better than average bright display.
The Bad: Trackpad is a bit slippery, only 4GB of RAM, the RAM is not upgradeable, and the keyboard is mediocre.