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Introducing the one-of-a-kind, Windows 8-powered Toshiba Satellite U925t Ultrabook (model U925T-S2120), providing the full functionality of an Ultrabook laptop when you need it and the portability of tablet when you don't. In Ultrabook mode, it provides the PC experience with its sizable 12.5-inch HD screen securely in place. A quick slide-and-tilt hinge instantly adapts it to a tablet, delivering on-the-go convenience and durability thanks to its fingerprint-resistant touchscreen display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
It's twice the device and fully optimized for Windows 8. Whether using the touchscreen or intuitive clickpad with gesture support, you'll get the most fun and functionality out of the new Windows 8 style apps and tiles interface.
You'll also be able to view your Ultrabook from every angle with an onboard suite of sensors, including an Ambient Light Sensor (ALS), accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. Lighten your load with a slim 0.78-inch profile and light weight of only 3.35 pounds.
Speed through every task with the ultraresponsive performance of a third-generation Intel Core processor and lightning-fast solid state drive. You’ll also save time with this systems quick start-up and resume functions, compliments of Windows 8 combined with performance components like SSD and Intel Rapid Start Technology.
The Toshiba Satellite S955, powered by Windows 8 (see larger image).
Note: This Ultrabook does not include an integrated optical disc drive, but you can connect an optional CD/DVD drive via one of its USB ports.
Effortless Efficiency with Windows 8
Achieve new levels of productivity with an Ultrabook purpose-built for the Windows 8 experience. The new Windows 8 user interface is optimized for touchscreen input and enables you to increase everyday efficiency.
The new Start screen also displays all of the information you care about in one place, such as your contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Start Page is a completely reinvented interface with interactive tiles that remain up-front and center–and they dynamically change and update in real-time.
With the power and innovation of your new Windows 8 Toshiba PC, you get apps that are always on and easily accessible from your Start screen. You'll also get new, built-in apps for the things you do most, like new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging.
On your Microsoft 8 Toshiba PC, the Charms bar replaces the Start button, offering quick access to search, sharing features, devices and settings. Enjoy the convenience of seeing everything front and center, right where you need it.
Two Devices in One
Enjoy the best of both worlds with the performance of an Ultrabook and the ease of use of a tablet. Simply convert from Ultrabook mode to tablet mode instantly with the sliding design and stable slide-and-tilt hinge. You won't miss syncing two separate devices anymore and you'll enjoy the ultimate versatility and flexibility to adapt to any environment quickly and easily, while enjoying the perks of today's most popular technologies.
Solid State Drive
The solid state drive in this Toshiba Ultrabook not only lets you get to your files, games and other multimedia faster than a traditional spinning drive, but it's also more durable than a conventional SATA drive.
Just 1 inch thin (view larger).
Just 1 inch thin (view larger).
Keyboard with LED backlighting (view larger).
One of two USB 3.0 ports on the rear, plus HDMI port (view larger).
Intel Core i5 Processor
The most popular Intel family member, the visibly smart, 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers amazing performance and stunning visuals. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. Experience your movies, photos and games smoothly and seamlessly with a suite of visual enhancements built into the processor–no extra hardware required.
Intel Wireless Display-Ready
Let your laptop unleash all that multimedia, online entertainment or other content you love onto your big screen TV–without sacrificing quality. Now you can with award-winning Intel Wireless Display technology available on select laptops. Set it up once, then share your screen in a click of a button. Stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network or the Internet straight to your HDTV–easily and wirelessly, enjoying great image clarity and sound while cutting down on cable clutter.
You and your PC go more places than ever these days. But not all of them have the right illumination. So, the next time the room's dim–on a plane, in a darkened dorm or the corner of your favorite cafe–keep right on typing, thanks to this Ultrabook's LED-backlit keyboard.
Touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass protection.
HD webcams on front and rear.
Touchpad with Multi-Touch Control
Now it's easier to peruse web pages, work with long documents, and show off photos with the larger touchpad, which supports the new Windows 8 Modern gestures like scrolling and pinch zoom–giving you the freedom and fluidity or movement as of a touch tablet or smartphone.
Super-speed USB 3.0 Port
Your technology collection is getting bigger and faster. Fortunately, your laptop can keep up with the best of them, thanks to built-in USB 3.0 ports. You'll not only get much quicker transfer speeds, but your USB 3.0 devices won't require a separate power cable either, unlike eSATA technology.
USB Sleep and Charge
Another Toshiba innovation, USB Sleep and Charge lets you power your smartphone and other devices even when the laptop's asleep or off. It's perfect for travelers and gear heads. And it's a great way to charge a dead device when you carry your PC around.
With support for Full 1080p HD video and sound, the HDMI connection on your PC lets you enjoy high-end multimedia on the go, or at home on your big screen TV.
Toshiba Resolution+ Video Enhancement Technology
Make older movies, photos and clips look a lot better on your HDTV or HD laptop screen–with Toshiba Resolution+ technology. It's an exclusive innovation that converts standard definition DVD movies and instantly improves sharpness and color in real time for a picture that looks and feels more like HD.
Here's how it works: Color Correction and RGB Gamma improve brightness, color saturation, contrast and hue. Next, Advanced Color Image fine-tunes environmental and character colors, like sky, grass, leaves and skin, to give these images a more natural appearance.
12.5-inch TruBrite LED-backlit touchscreen display with in-plane switching (IPS), fingerprint-resistant Gorilla Glass coating, and 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing. Display detaches from PC keyboard via slide-and-tilt hinge to transform into standalone tablet.
1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-3337U ultra-low voltage, dual-core processor (2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
128 GB solid state drive (SSD)
4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz; 8 GB maximum)
Mobile Intel HD integrated graphics with up to 1664 MB of dynamically allocated shared graphics memory, support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games
Built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound HD audio enhancement
Front and rear HD webcams with integrated microphones
Sensors: GPS; 3-axis gyroscope and magnetometer for digital compass; ambient light sensor
Up to 4 hours of use with 3-cell battery
Dimensions and Weight: 12.9 x 8.4 x 0.78 inches (WxDxH); 3.35 pounds
Wireless & Networking Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) via Centrino Wireless-N 2230 chip delivers up to 300 Mbps speed, greater range and reliability, and excellent energy efficiency. Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to peripherals like a wireless mouse, headset, and more. Near Field Communication (NFC) for quick and secure data transfer to compatible smartphones and peripherals.
Connectivity & Expansion 2 super-speed USB 3.0 ports (1 with Sleep and Charge capabilities) HDMI audio/video output with support for Full HD 1080p high-definition video. Multi-format memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, Multi Media Card (shared slot; may require adapter for use) Microphone and headphone jacks
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Slim profile (view larger).
Midnight Silver finish with soft touch body (view larger).
What's in the Box
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
Preloaded Software Toshiba eco Utility. When it comes to helping the environment, every amp, volt and watt counts. Equipped with the power-saving eco Utility, this laptop helps you use electricity wisely through improved power management. With just a click, you can quickly adjust the settings and power plan of your laptop, and monitor your ongoing power usage.
It also comes with the following software: Microsoft Office (trial); Internet Explorer 10; Microsoft Essentials; Norton Internet Security 2013 (30-day trial); Norton Online Backup (30-day trial); Norton Anti-Theft (60-day trial); WildTangent Games Console
Toshiba's commitment to sustainability shines through all aspects of our business: Greening of Process, Greening of Products and Greening by Technology. Our long-term commitment, Environmental Vision 2050, helps reduce overall carbon emissions over the next three decades. Toshiba also adheres to worldwide environmental guidelines, insists our suppliers do the same and offers innovative take-back programs to ensure proper end-of-life product disposition. Energy Star 5.0 certified Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances
Learn more about Toshiba's environmental commitment.
Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 Universal USB Connect Docking Station
Toshiba's Dynadock U3.0 universal USB connect docking station links all your electronic devices to your laptop–peripherals, external monitor, and sound system–with just a single USB 3.0 cable. It includes six USB ports (four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0), Gigabit Ethernet port, mic and headphone jacks, HDMI output, and a DVI video output–plus support for dual displays.
Toshiba Canvio Plus USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drives
Available in a number of capacities, Toshiba's Canvio USB 3.0 portable external hard drives are designed to be the most hassle-free back-up solution. With everything you need right in the box, they are the ultimate combination of storage, convenience, and style.
Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor
Unpack the Toshiba 14-inch USB Mobile LCD Monitor and you'll get a big 14 diagonal inches of instant screen "real estate"—brought to you in brilliant 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Under three pounds and less than one inch thick, this ultra-portable monitor is designed to fit in most standard laptop bags. It also comes with a dual-purpose custom-fitted carrying case.
Toshiba Extreme Backpack
Versatile, lightweight, and durable, the Toshiba Extreme Backpack offers five separate compartments–including a padded compartment that protects laptops with a screen up to 15.6 inches. It also includes a music player pouch with ear bud access.
Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse
The stylish, wireless Toshiba Bluetooth Laser Mouse gives you precise cursor movement, offering a convenient scroll wheel, battery saving features, and selectable DPI. Work comfortably all day whether you're right-handed or left-handed with the balanced and weighted design.
Toshiba AC Adapter
A second AC adapter at home and/or at work makes power access convenient and tailored to your needs. Also keep one in your carrying case at all times and never be without an AC adapter when you travel.
The device is a handsome brown color, with a very nice “soft touch” back. The big draw of this model is the ability to use it as a tablet or laptop. To convert to and from a tablet, the screen slides out (away from the person holding it), then locks upwards in place. I found it easy to use, although one really needs to use both hands when sliding the screen. On the front of the device are lights to indicate on/off, charge and wireless. The left side has a power button, a volume rocker, a USB port, and a button to lock the screen orientation. The rear has a circular power port, twin fan outlets, an HDMI port, and a USB Port. The right side has a door that covers the memory slot and the headphone jack. On the front of the screen is the microphone, a web camera indicator, the front camera, and a large button under the screen that presses the “Windows” key (which I found useful). The small speakers are on the bottom of the device. When in tablet mode, the screen can be slid an inch or so up to allow one to use the rear camera (otherwise covered). It comes with a mini power brick and 30 day trial versions of Office 2010 and Norton Internet Security, plus a bunch of other software that I may end up uninstalling.
This would be an good laptop for daily use. It ran all of my legacy Windows programs nicely, and the Windows 8 programs also ran well. The computer is great as a tablet (if you don’t mind the size), or when used as a laptop. Although the manuals are full of warnings about heat, on battery or external power it never got hot while I was using it, and the fans are whisper quiet. The front video camera is actually quite nice for Skype. Programs opened rapidly, with no significant lag. Sound output was good with a headset, and acceptable from the speakers.
The keyboard is acceptable for typing, and is probably the single weak point of the device. I found that it seemed to bow in a bit over the middle keys, and I would prefer more of a raised portion on the F and J keys to make it better for touch typing. There are small ridges, but they are hard to feel.
The battery lasted a little over 4.5 hours after the initial charge. This is on the default “eco” settings, which features high performance settings for the CPU and SSD, and leaves the Bluetooth and NFC turned on. Also, Windows 8 has the screen auto brightness turned off by default. I would expect that if one changed these, and decreased the maximum screen brightness settings, the time could be pushed to 5 hours. Conversely, if one was gaming with the battery set to high power and bright screen, I think it would last no more than three hours. The device has an “eco” mode that dims the screen at 25%; otherwise it is fairly bright until the screen timeout. Eco mode gets very aggressive below 15% remaining charge, trying to save that last bit of battery. Overall I had to take back one star for the limited battery on WiFi.
What I like:
+ Boots up very quickly. The Windows log-in screen shows up in about 10 seconds. It takes an additional 30 seconds or so to finish loading the various programs that run in the background over on the desktop side.
+ This is one great tablet to use with Windows 8. It is snappy and very responsive.
+ One of the two USB ports can function as a charging port for a phone or other device, even when the tablet is powered down. This is a nice feature for those times when you need a bit more phone charge but don’t have a plug nearby. This feature has to be turned on via software settings; it is disabled by default. When the tablet is connected to the wall charger, the USB port can be set to high power, which is used for IPad and some Android tablets, or regular power output. On battery alone, the ports are regular power only.
+ Windows based platform. One can run every Windows program desired with complete compatibility. Windows 8 is another story, and it already has people who like it and hate it. But there are add-ons to Windows 8 that allow it to function almost exactly like Windows 7. So I don’t see any real problems with Win 8 being installed.
+ Very good specifications; Intel based I5 processor, with appropriate supporting firmware. This device it built for some major computing. The only real detraction is the on-board Intel graphic chip, which did not score very well in business graphics. However it worked well enough with Microsoft Office. I don’t think this device is suitable for heavy duty gamers.
+ Support for SDXC high capacity memory. It is therefore possible to double the internal storage, although at present these SD cards are pretty expensive for 128Gb.
+ HDMI output, to connect with a monitor or TV.
+ There is a Near Field Communications area next to the touch pad. NFC is likely to become more important in the near future, so it is nice to see this feature.
+ The keyboard is backlit (this can be turned off to save power). Very useful if the room is dim.
+ Toshiba includes an Eco software utility that really makes it easy to change the power setting. It shows the power drain in real time so one can see the effects of settings as they happen.
+ There is a power setting for people who keep the device connected to the power connecter more frequently. It places the maximum charge at 80%, to lengthen battery life. I tested the battery with this feature off, so that I actually got to 100% of the battery, but it is nice to have the ability to choose to have a longer life on the battery, especially since it is non-removable.
What I’m not so fond of:
- The Windows Experience Index is a bit low overall: 4.7 (limited by the business graphics score). Processor is 6.9, RAM is 5.9, gaming graphics 6.2, and hard disk 8.2.
- The device does not have built in DVD or CD-ROM capability, but that not surprising in a portable this thin.
- There is no standard DVI or Video output. This is due to the thin design, but it reduces the business utility of the device.
- It is heavy for a tablet. It weighs in at around 50 ounces (1.4 kg for those outside the US). That makes it a bit heavy to carry around. However, I find in use that it is distributed well due to the large size, and it is acceptable.
- There is no built in Internet jack. I’m not sure one could be fit into the thin case, but they could have provided some kind of proprietary solution so that when on the road, the device could plug into the more secure 10-Base T connectors rather than rely on WiFi. One has to buy a USB to RJ-45 device to connect via wires.
- Due to the large screen size, it is pretty bulky. I bought a sleeve for it (no one would want to lug around something this size, and this expensive, without some protection), and it it much more trouble to carry than a standard 10.1 inch tablet. I may well decide to use a carrying case with handle instead of the sleeve.
- The battery is not removable. I realize this was done to keep the device thin, but it means that one has to keep a sharp eye on the battery level when using the laptop function – and recharge is the only option when power is low.
- The power strip is customized for this individual device, so standard power mini bricks (even from Toshiba) apparently won’t work. This one uses a 4mm barrel size, whereas other Toshiba ultraportables use a 5.5mm (or so) size. So the only place I’ve seen a replacement is direct from Toshiba, at a high cost. I usually have a brick at home and at work, but I don’t with this model; I carry the small brick with me.
- To take pictures with the rear camera, one has to partially slide the screen up. It is not a big deal, but a bit inconvenient. I really don’t think people will be using something this big to take a lot of pictures!
- The GPS is not supported on the desktop side; only on the Windows 8 interface. I’ve seen some comments that GPS doesn’t work, but the Win 8 Maps seems to work fine with it; it shows my location exactly. I think that some of the confusion lies with people not understanding how Microsoft designed Windows 8. The new Windows 8 workspace is completely separate from the desktop, which runs as a single Win 8 process. The GPS is controlled on the Win 8 side, and therefore desktop applications can’t communicate with it. That is not really Toshiba’s fault, in my opinion; Microsoft designed it that way. I think the design intent of the device is to use tablet while mobile, and the laptop mode otherwise. Having GPS on the Win 8 side is completely understandable from this perspective.
- At this price point, I think a 256 Gb SSD would have been better. 128 GB isn’t much room these days.
An excellent compromise between a tablet and laptop. It has it’s drawbacks, but I highly recommend this if you need a device that can switch between tablet and ultrabook – and if you can afford it. If you simply need a portable small laptop, there are cheaper devices available that may suit your needs.
Additional comments about the concept:
What exactly is it? With the screen slid closed, it can function as a tablet, but the fast processor and relatively small 3-cell battery mean that it won’t last 8 – 10 hours like an RT, Android, or Ipad. Also, it cannot be charged except by the power brick that comes with it, unlike other tablets that can charge from a USB cable. The screen size is 12.5 inches, which doesn’t seem too much larger than a 10.1 inch tablet, but I found that it is exactly twice as wide and tall as the 8.9 inch screen HP windows tablet it is replacing. It is portable, but not really mobile.
With the screen slid open, it functions as a netbook, but again, it is heavier and bulkier than the original netbooks (and the battery does not last as long). As a full-time laptop the screen is a bit small. Cost wise, it is more expensive that even the highest end Android, and around 400 more than a comparable ultra portable that doesn’t morph into a tablet.
I think this device will appeal to techies, but also be suitable for people who need more computing power and the Windows platform. A real estate agent would find it useful, and it would be good for business presentations when traveling (it could lay flat on a surface) – provided the business projector supports HDMI, of course. The higher resolution camera on the rear of the screen would make a nice video conferencing solution, using Skype and the HDMI output.
EDIT: I found a decent screen protector that covers most of the screen), and I’m using this sleeve.
EDIT Jan 28, 2013: I reviewed this ultra portable hybrid under the Amazon Vine program, but somehow that review, and the entire product page, got removed from the site. I am reposting this review so that people can have some information on the product.
Yes, the Touchscreen is highly shiny and becomes "fingerprinted"–of course it does–like most tablets I’ve seen. Wiping it clear (using a lint-free cloth designed to clean eyeglasses) is easy enough.
And yes, as tablets go this is rather big and heavy–but it’s less awkward than I expected. I hope to take it traveling often.
Also, this aside: Yesterday, when I fired this up, was my first-ever hands-on whirl with Windows 8 and I was relieved to realize I could catch on, pretty much, within an hour, though I don’t consider myself terribly-techy. The hybrid nature of this little critter and/or Windows 8 must/might be partially behind the double-keyboard effect that distracts occasionally (that I read about somewhere), but I know my confused input, hit-and-missing while learning the new OS and getting used to switching between tablet and laptop modes, caused this weirdness also. Anyway, it’s no big deal for me–easy to fix and move on.
Right away I found the hinge mechanism sturdy-enough-feeling and pleasantly-surprisingly easy to work during mode-switching.
The device is too new for me to rate at 5 stars and this 4-star rating is provisional (I didn’t subtract a star just for the slightly stiff Touchpad and buttons or glare or smudge-proneness or any weirdness I’ve mentioned because that’s all minor, in my view, considering my purposes); I’m still exploring the features and testing; and I will update this review with further details, probably.
Other devices I compared:
-Lenovo Yoga 13″ – just a tad too big and it was weird to have the keyboard exposed in the back when folded into tab mode.
-Dell XPS 12 – probably the coolest form factor of all with its flipping screen, nearly all the same feature but more expensive and heavier at 3.35 lbs.
-Samsung ATIV Smart PC PRO – very comparable but did not care for the docking station type keyboard. I did not want it separated (Surface Pro suffered from this as well). I’ve always found with the iPad that the blue tooth keyboard was never around when I needed it.
MSI S20 – Another slider form factor, which is really what I was looking for, but not available in the US at the time. No track pad on this device either.
My requirements were:
- Battery life in excess of 5 hours
- Good screen resolution, HD not a deal breaker though
- Backlight keyboard
- NFC (this was the only device I looked at that had this, though at this time there is no practical use for it until NFC matures and becomes more common so this was more of a future consideration for me).
- Track pad for gestures when using the touch screen is inconvenient
- USB 3.0 ports (U925T has two)
- HDMI out – for connecting to external monitors and TV’s while on the road
- Must weigh 2.2 lbs or less
- Full integrated keyboard
- Touchscreen (love Windows 8 on touch, I know it’s a learning curve for some folks but once you get it you mostly dig it).
- B/G/N Wifi
- Front and rear facing cameras (720P FF)
- MicroSD Card reader (only the surface pro, Samsung, and Yoga offered this)
- Wireless Display (Widi) – send your screen to a TV equipped with a Widi adapter
- Decent speakers
- Adjustable display – must be able to tilt the display in different directions to suit your posture/seating
The U9225T is the only device that had all of the above at the time I purchased it about 6 months ago. I have very little to complain about other than I find the keyboard (Chiclet type) at times seems to not always pick up my hits on the space bar, which could just be my typing style but it does drive me bonkers a bit. The price point was a in the middle of the pack and it had more features than any of the others. The battery life has lived up to expectations but of course depends on much wireless you are using. The wireless adapter could be a bit better from a range perspective but its fine otherwise. I definitely recommend purchasing a sleeve to keep it in when transporting it so as to avoid scratching the screen (hard to do with gorilla glass but given you paid a fair chunk of change for this the 10 dollar investment to protect it is worth it).
Other than that minor issue i am really enjoying this convertible, it is fast, start up is almost immediate. All the buttons are conveniently placed, it is well built, touch screen is very responsive, and still has no scratches even without a protector, it also cleans easily which is nice. Battery life is very close to what is said to last, i have gone a week without using it, picked it up and there is still plenty of a charge.
i have recommended this to several of my friends and would say it is definitely a nice computer for what you are paying. It is difficult to go back to a regular computer/laptop.
Lighting startup, easy config, good size. Less trouble than a full laptop, but bigger than a tablet.
Price is about high right now. If you really need it, buy. If you are just curious and would like to buy, wait a little.
In any case you won’t be disappointed.
The company I work for bought me an IPad. I love it for everything except working. it is to hard to sync and update with my work computer as well as my personal computer.
I purchased the Surface with my own money, but ran into similar problems as the Ipad as the surface uses RT system. When there is no internet service available I was out of luck.
Now I then got this Laptop that converts and I hit the jackpot:
Works just like any other Laptop.
uses "My Documents" like any other Laptop.
uses "Drop Box and Google Drive" same as my lap top (Others too like Skydive etc…I just use Drop box and Google drive"
In my line of work I have to be able to hand the computer back and forth to the person I am dealing with. I keep this computer closed or flat for that. And it works perfect.
I also work in areas with out internet service. I can open google drive and their are the documents I need for doing business. And they are there instantly.
In Ipad and Surface I had to go to a app. I had to have internet available. It was a pain to find anything.
This works just like any other computer.
It can be handed back and forth effortlessly.
Documents are easily accessed anytime.
Documents are easily edited or created at anytime.
Documents automatically sync to my business computer and personal computer.