Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 review

The best 4K screen on a portable, stylish, hybrid Ultrabook

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

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The Radius 12 is one tight little package and, thanks to it 12.5-inch screen, is a bit smaller than other 13-inch Ultrabooks. The notebook's overall footprint is only 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.61 inches or 300 x 208 x 15mm (W x D x H). By comparison, the 12.75 x 8.86 x 0.59-inch (323 x 225 x 15mm) Lenovo Yoga 900 is larger. Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 13 is a bit wider but narrower than the Toshiba 2-in-1, measuring 11.97 x 7.87 x 0.35 0.59 inches (304 x 200 x 9-15mm).

In terms of weight, all three laptops are so closely matched to the point where a few fractions of a pound won't matter much. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds (1.32kg), the Radius 12 is a light machine that won't drag you down like a MacBook Pro. It even beats out the XPS 13's weight by 0.03 pounds (0.01kg) but it's heavier than the Yoga 900 by 0.06 pounds (0.03kg).

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 review

Spec Sheet

Here is the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 configuration sent to techradar for review:

  • CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U (dual-core, 4M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,600MHz)
  • Screen: 12.5-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) TruBrite LED backlit touchscreen
  • Storage: 256GB SATA SSD
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 w/Sleep and Charge, 1 x USB Type C, SD card reader, headphone/mic combo jack
  • Connectivity: Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7265; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: HD webcam with TruTalk dual microphones
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Size: 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.61inches (W x D x H)

The Toshiba Radius 12 is priced as a premium Ultrabook, and for the configuration you see, it'll cost you $1,249 (about £999). In Australia, the only 4K screen model available comes with a 512GB solid-state drive for AU$2,799.

The good news? This particular hybrid is more affordable, with a $1,599 (£1,149, AU$2,499) Dell XPS 13 getting you almost all the same specs save for a lower-res 3,200 x 1,800 display. The Lenovo Yoga 900 configured identically as the Dell Ultrabook (again, save for a 3,200 x 1,800 screen), comes in a 2-in-1 laptop shell for $1,199 (£1,299, AU$2,399) – just a tad less.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 review

If having an Ultra HD screen to gawk at isn't a priority, there's also a Full HD and Intel Core i5-powered version of the Radius 12 that could be had for $1,099 (£849, AU$2,399). There's isn't a comparable less-than-4K version of the Yoga 900, but the XPS 13 is also available with a 1080p screen and the same processor for $1,099 (£949, AU$1,999).

Though the Radius 12 isn't as affordable as the Yoga 900, it's not that much more expensive. Plus, for the extra cheddar, you get a more vibrant and sharper screen and slightly faster performance. The Dell XPS 13 still remains to be one of the best laptops in existence. If the whole convertible craze means nothing to you, that's the machine I would recommend above all else.

Kevin Lee

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