Toshiba Satellite Click Hands-on: An AMD-Powered Windows 8 Hybrid

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It’s obvious from what we’ve seen on the show floor here at IFA 2013 in Berlin that the Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid movement is running at full tilt. Case in point, Toshiba’s new Satellite Click. Sporting a 13.3-inch tablet as its display and a detachable keyboard dock, the Click is the first hybrid system to be powered by one of AMD’s Temash A4 APUs. 

What does that mean for the Click? Essentially, that users will be able to use the hybrid for extended periods of time thanks to the Temash’s low-power consumption and impressive heat management. We went hands-on with both an AMD version of the Click and an Intel-powered model to see how the hybrids stacks up.

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Put the AMD-powered Click and it’s Intel-powered sibling next to each other and there’s little difference between them. The sole distinguishing factor between the two hybrids is that, thanks to the Temash’s low power consumption, it’s rear panel uses a fanless design, while the Intel variant sports two vents along the top of its back panel. Beyond that, the hybrids are identical. Both sport the same colorful 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 IPS touch screen display and follow the same Skyline design language Toshiba uses on the rest of its tablet and laptop lineups, right down to its brushed aluminum back panel.

Unfortunately, the Click felt and looked rather bulky when in Laptop mode. Toshiba hasn’t released any firm dimensions for the Click, but it seemed to match up closely with ASUS’ new Transformer Book T300, which was also a hefty hybrid. The Click’s 13.3-inch display can be detached using a slider just above the keyboard and pulling it out. Pop the display back onto the keyboard and you’ll know why Toshiba named the system Click.

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To ensure a relatively long battery life, Toshiba has included a battery pack in both the Click’s tablet and keyboard dock. Both can be charged independently of each other, which was a wise move by Toshiba. When in laptop mode, the system pulls juice from the tablet’s battery. Once that’s depleted, power comes from the keyboard. Toshiba is expecting the Click to get roughly 8 hours of battery life in laptop mode and 4 hours when used solely as a tablet.

Inside, the Click can be had with either AMD’s low-powered Temash A4 APU, which includes a Radeon 8000 graphics chip or one of Intel’s Core processors. In order to keep its power consumption down, the Temash sacrifices processing power to the Intel chip. Beyond their processors, however, both Click’s include the same internal specs, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard-disk drive. 

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I/O ports include microUSB and micro HDMI ports, as well as a microSD card slot on the tablet and a full-size USB 3.0 port on the keyboard. During our brief hands-on with the hybrids, we couldn’t see any significant performance different between the processors. Of course, that is bound to change when we get them into our lab and benchmark them. 

Toshiba’s key selling point for the Click is its low price of $599. For what you’re getting the Click seems like quite a steal. Still, we’ll wait until we can perform our full review of the Click before we make any judgments.

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Daniel P. Howley
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A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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