Toshiba Satellite Click Mini review

Toshiba sends other value convertibles into orbit

Satellite Click Mini
Satellite Click Mini

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At a price point lower than the slightly disappointing iPad Mini 3 (£260, $335 or AU$499) and Dell Venue 11 Pro (£288, $385 or AU$589) this Atom powered micro-laptop is a surprising and welcome addition to the scene. It'll be interesting to see if Asus and Dell try to undercut this price and size in future laptops.

The keyboard is a little cramped, but the high resolution screen is a steal at this budget. An option to charge the base separately would have been good but it's not a deal breaker. Battery life is good, but not as lengthy as Toshiba claims.

We liked

Physically it's a pretty little thing. It can be popped into a handbag, meaning you don't need a huge backpack to take a Windows PC around with you. The full HD touchscreen is impressive for the price – value for money is probably the greatest thing about this machine.

The keyboard is fully functional and feels relatively sturdy if a little awkward to use on occasion. The tablet option is handy, and the ability to use the touchscreen whenever adds flexibility.

The build quality is impressive for the price tag. And the price makes it an ideal convertible for students who need a note-taking machine or frequent travellers. It you need something that's an upgrade from a traditional tablet with a tempting price tag then this could be the companion you're looking for.

It's not for everyone, don't expect to DJ and edit complex Adobe Illustrator images on here – but you can easily rustle up a PowerPoint presentation, browse the web or compose an essay.

We disliked

The placement of the keys is a bit off, and it'll take some getting used to. This is not a machine you can write a thesis on, but it's more capable than a standard tablet for writing on.

It would be brilliant if the detachable base could be charged separately. As it is, you can only charge it once the main tablet is fully charged. The screen itself is high resolution but the colours are a little washed out and there's a mottled look to it. But again, for the price we can't complain too much.

Final verdict

Toshiba has created an incredible value full HD laptop that doubles as a tablet. It's perfect for frequent travellers, students taking notes in lectures, workers in meetings and people on a budget.

This machine is well built, runs smoothly and fast, and while it's not as impressive as say an iPad Air battery-wise, it still holds up, lasting longer than a traditional laptop and over an hour longer in our benchmarks than a Yoga Tablet 2.

Storage is limited to 32GB, but with the two memory card slots this can be expanded somewhat. And given that power-wise it's not capable of editing large images or videos, it's unlikely you'll feel the squeeze of storage constrictions too keenly.

This is a very capable machine which would be a great companion to a desktop or laptop. It's portable, sleek and well-made. The keyboard is a little clunky, but usable. Toshiba is on a winning trajectory with the Satellite Click Mini.