Toshiba U920T is a part of company’s hybrid ultrabook concept. The U920T can be used as tablet or as laptop, but at first glance, it clearly is designed to be used as tablet as its display is always exposed, even when it is not in use. Inside, you will find Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB SSD, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot and 12.5 inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution.
This Toshiba hybrid laptop feels very solid and has delivers excellent performance, thanks to the speedy SSD and powerful processor that got nearly 3000 points in the passmark benchmark test. You can see ultra-book’s review of the this processor for further details.[core i5 3317u benchmark] As said earlier, the U920T is made with tablet users in mind. You will find all the controls in right place – volume and auto-rotation controls on the right; Windows Home button on the bezel to bring you back to the beautiful Windows 8 start screen and so on.
The 12.5 inch screen is capacitive and responds perfectly in our multi-touch gestures test. In the laptop mode, the hinges feel solid enough and mechanism keep the screen in place. Read the Sony Vaio Duo 11 Review. The design of the laptop is very interesting but is not pretty to the eyes. It does raises few questions whether the mechanism will hold the screen well in next few years to come.
The screen is made from gorilla glass to protect from scratches but that means it is highly reflective. Fortunately, the brightness can increased to a high level so that you can see everything even under direct Sun. We would have loved a full HD screen of Vaio Duo 11 in it, but the font on Windows 8 is so crisp that you would have probably never felt the difference. Keyboard on the U920T is excellent. All the keys are full sized and offer great tactile feedback. They are very soft though and can take few days to get used to. Touchpad, on the other hand, is a little small to our liking but it gets the job done as the laptop is made with Windows 8 gestures in mind.
November 18, 2012