Toshiba's new Satellite Click 10 looks like an enticing 2-in-1 for budget-minded business travelers who can't afford the Surface 3. The 10-inch hybrid device ships with a snap-on keyboard and zippy performance from an Intel Atom x5 processor for just $349. That’s $50 less than the Surface 3, which starts at $499 for just the tablet, with the keyboard sold separately for an extra $129.
Of course, you'll make some sacrifices by opting for the Satellite Click 10 over the pricier Surface 3. The Click 10 has a compact 10.1-inch, 1900 x 1200-pixel display, compared with Surface 3's larger 10.8-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel screen. The Surface 3 also runs on a slightly speedier Atom X7 CPU.
Plus, the Click 10 lacks active pen support, so it's not an option for digital note-takers. The Surface 3 is compatible with Microsoft's excellent N-Trig digitizer pen, which is sold separately for $50 and offers full pressure sensitivity for writing right on the tablet's display.
On the other hand, the Click 10 is lighter and more portable as a stand-alone tablet, weighing just 1.2 lbs. without the keyboard, compared with 1.37 lbs. for the Surface 3. The Click 10's 1 lb. keyboard is heavier than the Surface 3's 0.6 lb. Type Cover, though.
And while the Surface 3 relies on a built-in kickstand to prop the tablet up during typing sessions, the Click 10 simply snaps onto the keyboard dock. That will make it easier to use in your lap, though many snap-on hybrids restrict your viewing angle to keep the machine balanced. We'll have to wait to get our hands on the Click 10 to know for sure.
As with all Windows 10 devices, the Click 10 makes use of the new Continuity feature, which changes the interface from Laptop mode to Tablet mode depending on whether a keyboard is attached. Tablet mode is more touch-friendly than the classic Windows layout, with full-screen apps and big navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen.
While it can't match many of the Surface 3's best traits, Toshiba's hybrid could be a decent low-cost option for business travelers with only basic computing needs. Check back for a full review of the Satellite Click 10 soon, or check out our list of the best business laptops and tablets currently on the market.