For its stab at a Windows 8 hybrid, Toshiba is siding with sliding.
This 12.5-inch slab is marketed as an ultrabook, but it’s designed primarily to be used as a slate — an oversized Windows button sits at the bottom of its horizontally oriented display, perpetually reminding you of the easy escape route back to the Windows 8 Start screen. Push up on the bottom of the screen and the Satellite U925t slides open and angles up (the angle is adjustable), revealing what appears to be a spacious, full keyboard.
Specs are unsurprising, with a 1.7GHz Core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and integrated graphics under the hood. Two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a flap-covered SD card slot are available as your connectivity options. Performance is strictly average for the category on all fronts.
As a slate, the Satellite performs decently. The most notable concern is its relatively limited video resolution. The 1366×768 pixels included here just don’t cut it in a world where 1920×1080 is rapidly becoming the standard. The U925t’s touchscreen is also a bit disappointing. Its brightness is limited — even after you turn off the overly aggressive auto-dimmer system — and the screen suffers more than others from glare issues. But most troubling is the touchscreen’s general lack of sensitivity, missing taps far more often than it should.