Jul 13, 2014 01:39 AM EDT
Laptop-tablet hybrids are all the rage nowadays, and Toshiba is trying to entice would-be buyers with a refresh of its Satellite Click line.
The Satellite Click 2 comes in two models: a base machine which boasts an all-new design and a pro version that comes with a customary spec bump. Both versions will ship with Microsoft Windows 8.1. Upgrading to Windows 9, rumored to be releasing in the fall, will be a cinch, and it won't cost that much apparently.
So why should you give a "Click" about these yet-to-be released machines? Well, they'll both start ship in June, and the base model carries an attractive $587 price tag to boot. You might think that (nearly) $600 doesn't buy much technology these days, but you'd be gravely mistaken.
A 13.3 inch 1366x768p display enables users to watch 720p HD Video anywhere, anytime. The Satellite Click 2 also features out-of-this-world power courtesy of a Intel Pentium N350 quad core processor (the original click had an ancient dual-core cpu) 4 gigs of RAM and a 500GB hard drive come standard.
Need a bit more power and a sharper Full HD display to edit photos or play the latest games with? Well then be prepared to shell out just over a grand ($1,028 to be specific) for the Pro. Unlike the Pentium chip on tap for the cheaper model the Pro features a more well-known Core i5 chip. For $1,279 the Pro gains the world-class i7 CPU and an extra battery built directly into the keyboard.
Despite the price hike, the Pro model actually weighs less than the base model in both tablet mode and laptop mode. Detached, the machine weighs 2.5 pounds, and attached, it weighs 4.5 pounds. These figures are also less than what the prior Pro model weighed in at. For comparison sake, the base configuration weighs in at a portly 2.8 and 4.8 pounds, respectively.
Thankfully, both models are thinner than their predecessors. The base model in tablet model is .5-inches thick, and that increases to .9 inches when paired with the keyboard. The Pro model is more svelte at .43 inches detached and .78 inches in laptop mode.
If you're interested in buying either the Satellite Click 2 or Click 2 Pro, you'll have to head on over to Toshiba or Best Buy's website. The hybrids won't be offered up for sale in brick-and-mortar stores, and Amazon Prime junkies will have to use their free shipping privileges on another computer.
Checkout CNET's video review below:
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