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Toshiba Satellite U920t-108 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 897
inc VAT

Excellent design, but it has poor viewing angles and only adequate performance

Specifications

12.5 in 1,366×768 display, 1.5kg, 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U, 4.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 8

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As for its performance, the Satellite U920t-108 boots Windows 8 incredibly quickly thanks to its 128GB SSD, but its 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor and 4GB of RAM only scored 32 overall in our multimedia benchmarks. This is quite low, even for a Core i3 processor, putting it on par with the Asus VivoBook S200, a touchscreen laptop that’s roughly half the price of the U920t-108.

Toshiba Satellite U920t-108

It’s slightly better than the VivoBook S200 when it comes to gaming, though, as its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset just about managed 17fps in our Dirt Showdown test on High quality settings and a 720p resolution. You’ll still have to lower the settings and disable anti-aliasing to get anywhere near a more playable 30fps, but this will be good news to anyone hoping to play something more substantial than the games currently on offer in the Windows 8 Store.

Its battery life is above average, lasting just over 5 hours away from the mains in our light use tests with the screen set to half brightness, although the Vivobook S200 outlasted it with a battery life of 5 hours and 26 minutes.

Toshiba Satellite U920t-108

As is common with this style of laptop, the U920t-108 is a little short on I/O ports. It has two USB3 ports, an HDMI port for connecting it to an external display, a four-in-one card reader and a combined headphone and microphone jack, but you’ll have to rely on its built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi if you want to get online as it only has a Fast Ethernet port, not Gigabit Ethernet.

Toshiba Satellite U920t-108

The Toshiba U920t-108 is a very elegant way of addressing the sliding tablet dilemma, but ultimately, the price is just too high for the hardware contained within – we’d go with the Dell XPS 12 instead. If you just want a touchscreen laptop, consider the Budget Buy-winning Asus VivoBook S200. It may not turn into a tablet, but it’s half the price and has similar performance.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-3217U
Processor clock speed 1.8GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 20x326x213mm
Weight 1.5kg
Sound Realtek ALC2802-CG
Pointing device touchpad and touchscreen

Display

Viewable size 12.5 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,664MB

Storage

Total storage capacity 128GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots N/A
Supported memory cards SD, SDHD, SDXC, MMC
Other ports 2x USB3, headphone, microphone

Miscellaneous

Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included N/A
Optional extras N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year carry-in
Price £897
Details www.toshiba-europe.com
Supplier http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk