“A charming 2-in-1 device with A brilliant battery life”
Toshiba, the Japanese firm, has been in the business of making computer for a long time now. The Satellite Click Mini is the company’s attempt at creating a cheap and functional laptop/tablet hybrid, much like the Transformer series from ASUS.
This 8.9 inch device is slightly larger than the Toshiba Encore 2 and smaller than other similar products like the 10 inch ASUS Transformer T100. Its older brother, the Click 2, can’t be considered one of the better looking devices in the market. The Click Mini, thankfully, is a much more attractive and portable gadget.
It is an extremely light weight in its tablet form – weighing in at 470g. With the keyboard attached, it weighs just 999g. Toshiba has managed to cramp in a variety of ports into the keyboard dock including SD, microSD, microUSB and microHDMI. The chassis also contains a single USB 2.0 port.
For a small and inexpensive hybrid, the Satellite Click Mini has plenty of great features. Here is a closer look at some of the important ones.
The tablet sells for around $384, which is excellent value for money. There is only one version currently available and it has 32GB of inbuilt memory. This can be increased further using the card slots. The fact that the keyboard is part of the package makes the price even more attractive.
In true hybrid style, the Click Mini runs Windows 8.1 which needs no introduction. Because there is a full-fledged version of the OS, you can use the Mini like a proper PC. Even though parts of Windows aren’t optimized for touch, it shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Inside the Mini there is an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail Processor which runs at 1.33GHz, and can produce burst speeds of up to 1.83GHz. The processor is complemented by 2GB DDR3 RAM. The Z3735F is a less powerful version of the Z3740 chip which is used in the ASUS Transformer T100.
Even though the Atom SoC matches the performance of most mid-level Android tablets, it is obvious that the chip is designed mainly to offer basic productivity and browsing capabilities. Most apps load quickly and there is no delay or jittering of any kind. It can even run some older PC games at low settings. The key is to keep the price tag in mind when using this device, and you won’t be disappointed at all with the performance.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Two card slots for memory expansion
- Wi-Fi Direct
- USB 2.0
The Mini has a brilliant IPS display with a resolution of 1900×1200 and a pixel density of 254ppi. It is bright and clear, and color reproduction is great. Viewing angles are superb as well. The 16:10 aspect ratio is good for web browsing and reading on the go. It is nice to see a relatively cheap device not compromising on screen quality.
The camera is standard tablet fare. The 5MP rear shooter has auto focus and is nothing to write home about. You can also use Toshiba’s proprietary TruCapture feature which allows you to scan a printed document and convert it to actual text. There is a 2MP front camera as well which is useful for VoIP calling.
For the Satellite Click Mini, Toshiba claims a battery life of around 15 hours with keyboard docked – a target the device meets handsomely. Battery life is great when compared to other tablets and hybrids, and is much better than the ASUS Transformer T100’s 11 hours.
- Extremely inexpensive
- Two SD card slots
- Impressive Battery life
- Clear Display
- Average performance
- Design could be better
The Toshiba Satellite Click Mini is one of the best low-cost tablet/laptop hybrids you can buy today – making it a great device for students and adults who want a cheap and practical device. It has plenty of sensible features and a good display, and it looks like Toshiba has a winner on their hands.