Summary: Ultra-Hybrid. Toshiba presents quite a few interesting Ultrabooks to the world. Our latest test model is a fusion of a tablet and Ultrabook. It employs a 12.5-inch touchscreen and a power-saving Intel Core i5-3317U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 IGP. The Hybrid model looks great but what does it have to offer on the hardware side?
Pros: Sturdy workmanship, Solid slide mechanism, Contrast & Black value, Viewing angle stability, Precise touchscreen, Temperature management, The fast and easy switch from notebook to tablet and back.
Cons: Dark display, Slack hinges, Tiny touchpad, Keyboard needs getting used to, A brighter display, especially on battery.
Summary: Toshiba has taken the hybrid Ultrabook concept and put it on the rails. Its Satellite U920T (PSUL1A-00S001) is a 12.5in, Windows 8 model with a screen that slides over its keyboard base. You can use it as a tablet or as a laptop, but it's designed primarily with the tablet form factor in mind, and the screen is always exposed in an out-facing position to reinforce this usage model.
Conclusion: The U920T carries a pretty good spec and performs reasonably well for its price. It also features a distinctively different way of transforming between tablet and laptop configurations, but whether this is actually better than other methods will come down to personal taste. It's really too heavy to use it comfortably as a tablet for long though, and while the touch screen is okay, it suffers in comparison with some of its full HD rivals.
Pros: Wired: Decent performance for the price, distinctive look
Cons: Tired: Screen not full HD, weird transforming method, heavy for a tablet
This Windows 8 hybrid Ultrabook is a tablet that can be transformed into a laptop thanks to a sliding screen mechanism
Good Gear Guide.au
8 April 2013
Summary: Toshiba's U920T sliding-screen hybrid Ultrabook is a neat concept that takes some getting used to. It's a hybrid that's fun to use as a tablet and it works equally well as a notebook. However, we're not sure how well the screen's mechanism will last over time. The unit has good connectivity features, but it's missing a Full HD screen resolution and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Pros: Equally useful as a laptop or a tablet, Full-sized HDMI, Two USB 3.0 ports, Good overall performance and battery life
Cons: Screen isn't Full HD, Sliding mechanism can get tiring over time, Takes a while to get used to the design, Single-band Wi-Fi
Summary: Microsoft has launched Windows 8 and with it has come an onslaught of convertible hybrid Ultrabook laptop tablet devices. Toshiba's entry is the U920t so find out if it lives up to the task in our Toshiba U920t review.
Excerpt: There have been many different approaches to the laptop-tablet hybrid since the introduction of Windows 8. The Asus Taichi went for two individual screens, while the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist and Dell XPS 12 used hinges and pivots. The Toshiba Satellite U920t-108 is probably the most impressive from an engineering point-of-view, with the touchscreen tilting back to flat and then sliding down over the keyboard to create a large tablet.
Toshiba Satellite U920t Review: Not Boring, But Not Quite Good Enough
8 November 2012
Excerpt: Technology is boring when everyone is doing the same thing the same way. That’s sort of happening with ultrabooks and, now, Windows 8 convertibles. Except with Toshiba. Toshiba is still up to weird stuff, like super wide ultrabooks , or this weird little Satellite U920t convertible.
Conclusion: Slash £200/$300 from the price and the Toshiba Satellite U920t is one of the best value hybrids on the market. Add a better screen and refine the mechanism and it's one of the best quality. But as it stands, the Toshiba Satellite U920t under delivers in both categories. However, the excellent battery life and great usability make it a strong entry to the world of Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet devices.