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Toshiba Satellite U920T review

Can Toshiba's hybrid take the market by storm?

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The Toshiba Satellite U920t's form factor might be the future of laptop-tablet hybrids, and it's one of the most simple and effective mixes of tablet and laptop we've seen. However, the chunky build, questionable quality and bland looks mean that the Toshiba U920t has missed its opportunity to become a market-leading PC.

At £899/AU$1,699/US$1,149, the Toshiba isn't a bargain Ultrabook, and with the likes of the Asus Vivobook S200 offering touchscreen Windows 8 for around half the price, there's no way we can let the Toshiba off the hook for its shortcomings. The performance is average, carrying significant bulk and a disappointing build.

However, we can't fault the longevity of the battery, which aside from the nice mix of laptop and tablet functionality, represents the key reason to buy the Toshiba U920t. What it lacks in style it makes up for in pragmatic benefits, but in the days where looks count, it isn't enough to make a hearty recommendation.

We liked

Fantastic battery life makes the Toshiba a real proposition in our eyes. Four hours of looping HD is a great score by any standard, and since we didn't notice any performance issues when running Windows 8 apps, we'd say that Toshiba has balanced the needs of its users perfectly.

The form factor also makes a lot of sense, with the tablet mode giving way to a usable and natural laptop experience that's better than many of its competitors. We'd encourage Toshiba to stick with the design and refine the build, weight and screen on future models.

We disliked

The lack of attention to the finer points of the Toshiba U92t0t's build quality is frustrating. While it feels solid and tough, the pill-sized power button, the slight flex in the keyboard, the low travel keys and average screen make us pine for the kind of high-spec superior build quality we've seen elsewhere.

The Toshiba U920t could have done with a crash diet in order to really excel as a portable device. As a tablet it's a little too chunky to be used comfortably.

Final verdict

Slash £200/$300 from the price and the Toshiba Satellite U920t is one of the best value hybrids on the market. Add a better screen and refine the mechanism and it's one of the best quality. But as it stands, the Toshiba Satellite U920t under delivers in both categories.

However, the excellent battery life and great usability make it a strong entry to the world of Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet devices.

The trouble is that the bulk of the Toshiba laptop isn't going to convince many people to down their iPads and choose this as their primary go-everywhere device, and that's a problem that hybrid manufacturers must address.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook/Tablet
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite U920t
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli3-3217U
ColourPrecious Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameToshiba
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size31.8 cm (12.5")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.52 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.63 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height19.9 mm
Width326.5 mm
Depth213 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU920t
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelU920t-108
Product NameSatellite U920t-108 Ultrabook/Tablet
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSUL1E-00D00JEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • Satellite U920t-108 Ultrabook/Tablet
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year