There was a lot of excitement when Toshiba announced not one, not two, but four new systems that will harness the power of the Windows 8 OS. The one that undoubtedly created the most buzz was the company’s upgrade of its present U854, the new Satellite U945.
How do you describe the new Toshiba Satellite U925t? You could call it a tablet, a combination of a laptop and tablet, perhaps a touch laptop or a tablet that also has a keyboard… it’s hard to say. Since it is Toshiba and Windows, we can hope that is not clunky like the older machines. In fact, what we’re seeing is the incorporation of the slide mode, rather than the pivot mode in the new device from Toshiba. The base is made up of the keyboard and there is a hinge on which the display is locked in.
There is some serious technology running this thing- i5 Core processor, perhaps a DDR3 RAM, storage capacity of 128GB (which makes starting the device and storing content a breeze), multiple USB ports and near-field communication capabilities. NFC is especially important because sharing with other devices becomes relatively simple with just a touch or a tap, sending or receiving information. Apart from USB ports, there’s HDMI, Intel’s own WiDi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The U925t’s Lineage is Long
Toshiba’s Ultrabook predecessors are seen in the small-sized but hearty shape of the new device. You might have to get used to the diminutive touch pad and keys but the size makes it easy to reach the touch screen if you so choose. There’s nothing small (light) about its size, because at about 3.5 pounds, it is heavy. But it wears its weight well, cramming all that in to a 0.78” girth. Don’t indulge in some heavy lifting, too often, though. The device isn’t shamming in the screen size department either with a close to 13” LED that you can personalize to run with i5 or i3 core processors, from Intel. The display itself is reinforced with Gorilla Glass and that makes not just the device, but the screen too, very sturdy.
A Merging of Ideas
We did say in the beginning that it was not just one thing, but actually a combination of ideas. Suitably, the top portion of the device moves forward and upward so you have an image not looking up at you but looking at you- from a flat position to a standing up one. This makes it look like your regular laptop, down to the keyboard, all lit-up and when you want to use it as a handheld device, the keyboard tucks itself neatly into the back. If you want to use the keyboard even as a tablet, you can do that too, by just pulling the keyboard out. Pretty cool stuff.
The tablet comes with light sensors, accelerometer in 3D no less and a gyroscope for changing orientation from portrait to landscape and a magnetometer that gives you the best 3-D orientation for your device. Apart from this there is a 3 mega pixels camera that shows up on the back of the device and can be used in the tablet mode.
On the downside, you’re not going to get a complete laptop or a total tablet. A combination of both could be the best of two worlds or the worst. But the Toshiba Satellite U925t harkens back to an era where we did have the best of two worlds and could comfortably situate those worlds in our satchels, while travelling or in our houses, while at home. Coming in October and, we believe, reasonably priced, this device hopefully does just that for us.
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