Toshiba's new laptop/tablet hybrids are versatile business machines. The company debuted the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro, a pair of Windows 8.1 tablets that are set to hit store shelves in late June, priced at $586 and $1,028, respectively. Both slates ship with full keyboard docks that turn them into business-ready laptop computers. The Click 2 is also slimmer and lighter than last year's Satellite Click, making it a more portable device for commuters and frequent travelers. Here are three features that make the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro good for business.
A touch screen keyboard can only get you so far. For real productivity on the go, you'll need a full physical keyboard. Hybrid devices like the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro offer the perks of both tablets and laptop computers. Both ship with a sturdy keyboard dock, so you can snap in the tablet and get to work. Then, when you're away from the office, or just want a better interface for using touch screen mobile apps, disconnect the display to use it like a tablet. And unlike other hybrid devices such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, this one does not require a kickstand; the Click 2 display snaps securely onto the dock so it can function like a clamshell laptop. Toshiba is also offering a premium version of the keyboard that adds 4 extra hours of battery life and an extra 500GB of onboard storage.
Full Windows 8.1
Both the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro run the full version of Windows 8.1. That means any Windows applications you run on your home or office PC will work on the Click 2 or Click 2 Pro. And you can run as many apps on screen as you want, including Photoshop or the full desktop version of Microsoft Office. That sets these slates apart from competing Android and iPad tablets, which offer large app libraries but can't run desktop software.
In addition to the entry level Satellite Click 2, Toshiba is also offering a more powerful device in the Satellite Click 2 Pro that features a variety of hardware upgrades for more-demanding business users. For example, it offers a more powerful processor: either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip, compared to a quad-core Intel Pentium processor in the standard Click 2. The Satellite also adds a sharper display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, compared to the Click 2's 1366 x 768 pixel screen. The Click 2 Pro also has a more premium design, including small touches such as backlit keys on the keyboard.