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Toshiba Satellite Click 2: Is It Good for Business?

Toshiba Satellite Click 2: Is It Good for Business?
The Click 2 includes a full keyboard dock out of the box. / Credit: Toshiba

Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 is a beefy laptop-tablet hybrid with a big screen. The Windows 8.1 machine features a 13-inch display that easily detaches from its keyboard dock, so you can use it as a humongous tablet. And when you need to get down to business, it snaps right back onto the dock, adding a full physical keyboard and touchpad for extended work sessions. But don't choose the Click 2 as your next workstation if you can't deal with its heft and mediocre keyboard. Check out a full reviewof the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 on our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on to see if it's good for business.

It's good for business because…

  • Hybrid design:Sure, you can buy a Bluetooth keyboard for almost any tablet, but the Click 2 includes a full keyboard dock out of the box. And unlike other hybrid devices,such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, this one doesn't require a kickstand; the dock features a hinged design that lets you use the Click 2 like a clamshell laptop when the display is connected.
  • Big display:The Click 2's large 13-inch screen strikes a good balance between portability and productivity. Compared to most tablet hybrids, it gives you tons of room to work on.
  • Full Windows 8.1: Since the Click 2 runs on the full version of Microsoft's Windows 8.1, it lets you run the same software you use every day on your office PC.

It's bad for business because…

  • Weight:The Click 2 is a heavy machine, weighing 4.6 lbs. when connected to the dock; that's more than the average 13-inch notebook. The tablet alone weighs 2.2 lbs., which is more than twice the weight of the 9.7-inch iPad Air.
  • Mediocre keyboard: The Click 2's keyboard offers little in the way of key travel, making extended typing sessions a bit uncomfortable.
  • Bloatware: Tons of useless, annoying software comes installed on the Click 2.

Conclusion

The Satellite Click 2 is a decent hybrid machine at a relatively affordable $529. Alternatives include Dell's $479 Inspiron 3000, which has a better keyboard but a smaller 11-inch screen. Meanwhile, Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 2 offers a sharper display and faster processor, but starts at a steeper $899.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.