Toshiba Satellite Click Mini review: In and out of orbit#pc #laptop #technology
An ultra low cost tablet meets laptop hybrid, the satellite click mini costs, just 250 pounds thats less than half the price of the microsoft surface. 3, not the pro model, of course, with the near essential keyboard attachment included. Yet here you get everything you need, which sounds like a bargain sure enough. Its about aggressively priced as you will find, but before putting your hand in your pocket, have a good look at this toshiba, because the satellite click mini will feel pretty cramped in many adults. Hands and the screen is smaller than other small hybrids to boot. Has this satellite failed to achieve orbit by cutting too many corners for the sake of price? The toshiba satellite click mini fiddles with the budget hybrid formula, injecting a high re screen into a miniature scale, but after the 13 inch, not so many toshiba click. This follow up does feel extra small for us, its too dinky. So, unless youre a pre teen or have rather petite hands, youll likely think the same typing and using the trackpad feels very cramped and wont. Do your joints any favors in the long run, especially if youre after a serious, portable typing tool. However, the click mini screen is a cut above rival 200 pounds odd hybrids, thanks to its high resolution. This, coupled with a price point, make the click mini a sounds deal but practical concerns mean this satellite cant maintain orbit in all the areas that matter.
So it wont be for everyone, the toshiba satellite click mini is something new, because it takes a slightly different approach from the other, bigger hybrid makers out there, including acer, asus and lenovo, where most hybrids are between 10 and 13. Inches toshiba squeezes its way down to an 8.9 inch screen in the click mini as such, its pretty tiny. We put this all plastic hybrid next to the asus transformer kai t100. A 10 inch alternative, and it is indeed significantly narrower fitting in a handbag – could be a positive for the toshiba, but its not too great. If youre going to be typing long form, believe it or not. Our job requires writing an awful lot and we found the keyboard that bit too small to type on comfortably for hours. At a time, unless you have pretty small hands, youll need to splay your wrists to get proper coverage of the keys and thats, certainly not going to please any physios or people who have to pour over workplace hr guidelines for a living. This is pretty much why other companies bottom out at the 10.1 inch hybrid scale. For us, the click mini is a little too many. However, if youre only going to be using the satellite click mini for typing, occasionally perhaps it doesnt matter too much add the touch screen technology and in that respect and others, the hybrid style, works pretty well. The keyboard connects to the screen using direct contacts, not bluetooth.
Just plonk the tablet component into the dock and it starts working its hinge, looks and feels like that of a standard laptop too it moves smoothly, not in set increments like the microsoft surface 3 and to release the tablet. You just press the button above the keyboard. Releasing the metal clasps that hold the display in place its simple sturdy and sensible. Some might be a bit disappointed with how far the toshiba satellite click mini screen tilts back, though, with fewer than 135 degrees to play with it can seem like youre looking down on the screen. However, a great side effect is that this is less prone to tipping over than just about any other small hybrid. You can use it on your knees at an angle and itll stay where it should be, which is pretty refreshing. Part of this is because toshiba has put a bit of extra weight into the base by using a fairly substantial battery. The one on the screen gets you a so so six hours of use, the second one in the base adds another six hours. Totaling 12 hours between the pair, not bad right. The base battery is used as a backup charged up once the tablet cell is full, as with any laptop style hybrid like this, the keyboard also protects the screen when its not in use aside from being a bit too small. This show is pretty well thought out. The toshiba satellite click mini keyboard, keys, arent too bad either, as you might expect of a 250 pounds hybrid with a plastic shell.
The whole thing flexes quite a bit if you press down hard, but the keys, which are sensibly laid out, arent too spongy or inordinately shallow whats below the keyboard isnt. Quite so hot though the trackpad its just too small and no surprise its surface is basic plastic. Rather than something fancier, we also found that its driver seems to use very aggressive palm rejection tactics in some circumstances, making it even fiddlier to use. There are no control panel options to turn this off either throughout the toshiba satellite click mini. We see a mix of good and bad. A familiar battle can be seen with the screen too. It rules in terms of specs and sharpness, but there are downsides too. Most budget 10 inch hybrids still have low rescreens the acer switch 10 and asus transformer book t100. Both use 1366 x 768 pixel panels toshiba, on the other hand, opts for a 1920 x, 1 200 pixel panel in the click mini resulting in a much sharper experience. Thanks to the high definition resolution, its the kind of display weve been waiting for in a budget hybrid, its just a shame that said: hybrid isnt, slightly bigger when used on your knees. The click mini does indeed look pretty mini. That sort of problem melts away. When you separate the tablet and keyboard, but then on its own, the tablet screen does look quite dated next to the google nexus 9. Another 8.9 inch tablet. It looks a bit like a digital picture frame thanks to its jig and toe bezels.
Not that wed want the keyboard to be squeezed in any more mind, so, while the click mini solves the biggest problem of current budget hybrids, it introduces some new ones too. Theres room for image quality to improve as well. Colors are a little cool and muted theres light texturing to the screen, making it seem less clear and pristine than a slightly higher end screen like the asus transformer t100 kais for 250. Pounds, though, were fairly happy. Just dont expect quality on par with the best standard tablets at the price. Of course, this toshiba is a windows machine, not an android tablet. Youd, otherwise have to buy to find a real top grade screen for the price by running windows, 8.1. The click mini can try running apps well above its pay great. The most important one is microsoft. Office which comes with a year subscription to office 365 included its limited to this device, but it cost you 59 pounds. 99 pence on its own so makes that price point all the more appealing. The toshiba satellite click mini can even try things like photoshop, but dont expect too much in terms of graphical drive, its not a powerhouse after all, with two gigabytes ram: 32 gigabytes storage and the intel atom. Z, 3734, f cpu at its core. This is a pretty common cpu among entry level windows tablets and its not hugely powerful, its less powerful than some mid range phones. Even though this is a proper windows computer still, you can push it as hard as you like for gaming.
Itll handle casual stuff pretty well, but if youre going to try more demanding games, then youll have to ratchet down the visual settings just about as low as theyll go. We tried stl, ke or clear sky and a few other once high end titles and sure enough. They did run even at native resolution, however, try to get them close to the visual fidelity youd get out of a ps4 or even ps3 and youre looking at 2fs great performance, but hey good luck, getting something like clear sky working on an android tablet. On the other side, though, dont expect the tablet side of the toshiba satellite click mini to work quite as cleanly as an android or the ipad mini 2. You could snag for the same price. Windows. 8.1 needs a bit more power and ram than is on offer. Here to sing and its just not as well optimized for touchscreen use as android or ios, you do have to care about the pc side of things, for the click mini to make sense, but it does at least try to go the extra mile on this side. Where the 12 inch apple macbook has just one connector bar the headphone jack. This mini toshiba has loaded theres a full size, usb micro hdmi, two sd card slots, micro and standard plus, a micro usb slot for charging and file transfer. That sort of loadout wouldnt look out of place on the laptop twice the size to top it off.
There are stereo speakers, one on each side of the tablet and two cameras 2mp to the front and 5mp around the back. None of them are any good, though. The speakers sound tinny and the cameras produce poor shots compared with just about any new phone. Still we cant deny toshiba has packed a lot into the satellite click mini for the price. The toshiba satellite click mini is small, portable and affordable. It packs in a high rescreen, but at a scale thats, so dinky its questionable, a shame as we rather like its sentiment, but cant get over the practical implication of use.