Toshiba announced a new 15.6-inch multimode laptop today, offering the flexible Windows device for just $925.99 starting in early July. We got a chance to put the new Satellite Radius through its paces. Here’s our early impressions after getting some hands on time with Toshiba’s new multimode laptop.
The Satellite Radius is a real powerhouse, so you’ll have no trouble getting work done on this Windows 8.1 laptop. It comes equipped with 8GB of RAM, a 1-terabyte hard drive, a Core i5 or i7 processor and Harmon Kardon speakers. It also offers an HDMI port with 4K support and three USB 3.0 ports. Toshiba’s also included its new Sleep and Charge technology, which lets you charge smaller mobile devices with your laptop even when it’s turned off.
The design also includes a two-axis hinge, which lets you swing the displays back by as much as 360. As a result the Satellite Radius switches easily from laptop mode to tablet mode. You can also lay it completely flat at 180 degrees, or fold it over to prop up the display when you want to watch a movie or make a presentation.
Overall the Satellite Radius looks great with a big screen and a sharp display. It’s also surprisingly light considering its size. It’s probably too heavy to hold comfortably in tablet mode for very long, but you should still be able to carry around Toshiba’s new laptop without straining yourself.
If you’re looking for a powerful laptop for work the Satellite Radius is a solid option. Of course, you can always find a similar laptop at a cheaper price if you’re willing to forgo the touchscreen and 360-degree hinge, but if you really want to splurge on a new laptop Toshiba’s new model isn’t a bad choice.