Toshiba goes crazy -- announces a bunch of cool tablets and laptops
Toshiba's products have been on my radar for many years. When I worked at CompUSA, I would often sell the company's laptops. They were a good balance between quality and affordability. Sure, Sony's laptops were sexier, but they were more expensive too. HP's laptops were affordable, but not always of the best quality. Toshiba tended to be just right.
Today, the company goes announcement-crazy and shares with the world, a multitude of new computers. These new devices range from Android tablets to Windows tablets and multi-mode laptops.
- 5-in-1 laptop with a 360-degree "flip-and-fold" design featuring 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen display
- Features two-axis hinge design and a smart-locking keyboard that enables five key usage modes:
- Laptop mode: A traditional 90-degree angle view ideal for productivity.
- Tablet mode: A full 360-degree screen fold conveniently transforms the device into a big-screen tablet.
- Tabletop mode: Collaborate on a screen that lays flat at a 180-degree angle.
- Presentation mode: Fold to a 270-330 degree angle for a rear-facing screen ideal for sharing content and presentations with groups.
- Audience mode: A 270-315 degree flip that hides the keyboard under the display for a hands-free movie-watching experience.
- Measures at 0.75" profile and less than 4.85 lbs
- 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB RAM and up to 1TB hard drive storage
- Harman Kardon speakers
- Available in late June, starting at $925.99 MSRP and sold exclusively at Best Buy and on toshiba.com/us
Satellite Click 2 Pro
- 2-in-1 detachable PCs featuring 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) removable display (i.e. a laptop and a tablet in one device)
- Weighing just 2.31 lbs in tablet mode and 4.52 lbs with the keyboard in a slim .43" profile (tablet) and .78" profile (w/keyboard)
- Up to 8GB RAM with Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB with the Core i7 system
- 128GB Solid State Drive with optional 500GB HDD in keyboard
- Harman Kardon speakers
- Available in late June, starting at $1,028.99 MSRP and sold exclusively at Best Buy and on toshiba.com/us
Satellite Click 2
- 2-in-1 detachable PCs featuring 13.3-inch removable HD TruBrite display
- Weighing just 2.81 lbs in tablet mode and 4.84 lbs with the keyboard in a slim .55" profile (tablet) and .90" profile (w/keyboard)
- 4GB RAM with Intel Pentium processor
- Skullcandy audio tuning and branding
- Available in late June for $586.99 MSRP and sold exclusively at Best Buy and on toshiba.com/us
Encore 2 (10-inch and 8-inch tablets)
- Stylish and lightweight tablets optimized for Windows 8.1
- Quad-core Intel Atom processors and up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory
- 10-hour battery life rating for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback
- 1280x800 resolution touchscreen displays
- Configured with up to 64GB of storage and also features a Micro SD card slot that enables consumers to extend the storage capacity up to 128GB
- Encore 2 (10-inch): .4 inches thin and weighs just 19.75 ounces, Micro HDMI port -- Available in early July, starting at $249.99 MSRP
- Encore 2 (8-inch): .4 inches thin and weighs a light 14.07 ounces -- Available in early July, starting at $199.99 MSRP
- 7-inch Android 4.4-based tablet weighing just 12.5 ounces
- 1024x600 resolution display
- Quad-core Intel Atom processor
- Up to 8 hours of general use or up to 6.5 hours of video playback
- Equipped with 8GB of internal storage, a Micro USB port and a microSD Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards
- The Excite Go will be available for purchase in early July for $109.99 MSRP
As you can see, Toshiba's new products run the gamut. Regarding the Windows laptops, the company is smart to focus on multi-mode uses. Nowadays, consumers are looking for value and if your laptop can also be a tablet, that is a major plus.
However, on the tablet front, Toshiba is wise to support both Android and Windows -- both operating systems have their fans and uses and being diverse is always a good idea. I would like to see a better screen resolution on the Excite Go, but I do like the x86 processor, microSD card slot and low price.
While I question the sanity of announcing 6 new products in one day (some may get lost in the shuffle), there doesn't seem to be a dud in the bunch. All of these new products have their place in the market.
I for one, have my eye on the Satellite Radius. Which of these products do you like best? Tell me in the comments.