After a rough start with its original Click, Toshiba is taking another shot at the hybrid market. This time, the company’s planning to bring something for everyone with the announcement of the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 and Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro. Available in late June, the Windows 8.1-powered, 2-in-1 detachables will target entry-level and power users. Priced at $586 and $1,028 respectively, both hybrids will be sold exclusively at Best Buy and Toshiba’s website.
Since our review of the original Click, Toshiba has made some much-needed changes in terms of design. The Click 2 is slightly thinner than its predecessor with a thickness of 0.5 inches in tablet mode that increases to 0.9-inches with the keyboard. The Pro boasts even slimmer dimensions at 0.43 inches (tablet) and 0.78 inches (with keyboard) respectively. Weighing 2.8 pounds (tablet) and 4.8 pounds with its keyboard, the Click 2 retains the bulky weight of its predecessor. Toshiba did manage to put the Pro on a diet with the tablet weighing a fairly light 2.5 pounds that swells to 4.5 pounds when the dock is attached.
The Click 2 retains many of the design details of the first Click, including the thick plastic band along the top of the rear panel, used to house the wireless antenna. The Pro’s silver brushed aluminum panel has a more refined look, shrinking the band into two small divots in the top corners of the tablet.
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Both iterations of the Click 2 have ditched the plastic insert on the keyboard for the company’s frameless design, creating an overall cleaner design. The keyboard has also been replaced with the company’s TruType model that relies on slightly curved keys to create a more comfortable experience. The Click 2 Pro’s keyboard will feature backlighting while the Click 2 will not. Toshiba is also offering a premium version of the Pro’s keyboard dock that will house an additional battery and 500GB of storage. Consumers interested in the premium version of the Pro should expect to shell out $1,279. During our demo, the keys on both models felt springy with firm feedback.
Each Click 2 employs a different method of attaching/detaching the tablet. The entry-level Click 2 uses the sliding the quick-release tab seen on the original Click. Removing the tablet was fairly smooth and easily, but it took a couple of tries to reattach the Click 2 tablet to it’s base. We had a much easier time with the Pro’s docking mechanism which uses a simple downward push to disengage the tablet. Another push and the tablet reattached with an audible, satisfying snap.
In terms of display, both devices will feature a 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen panel. However the Click 2 will have a resolution of 1366 x 768 while the Pro will utilize a 1920 x 1080 screen. We found both panels were vivid with sharp detail and fluid touch reaction. As expected, the Click Pro 2 displayed more definition. Similar to Toshiba’s revamped Satellite C Series, the Click 2 will feature Skullcandy speakers with DTS audio technology. In addition to pre-loaded audio profiles for the speakers, the Click 2 will also have a unique profile for Skullcandy headphones including the Crushers and the RocNation Aviators.
When it launches, the Click 2 will feature a quad-core Intel Pentium processor with 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. The Click 2 Pro will come in two flavors: Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7. Each version will have 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Toshiba claims that the Click 2 will last up to 8 hours while the Pro will only see 6 hours of battery life. That can be augmented however, with the premium dock, which the company claims will extend the Click 2 Pro’s battery to 10 hours.
The Click 2 seems like a simple update of the original device, while the Pro looks like Toshiba’s attempt to repair last year’s fumbles. However, we’ll reserve our judgement until our we get to test them both.