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Toshiba Satellite Click, sold exclusively through Best Buy or Toshiba’s website for $630 » This attempt to combine the best of a laptop and a tablet has mixed results.
You can tell that Toshiba put a lot of effort into designing the magnetic hinge that connects the tablet portion with its keyboard base. The keyboard snaps in and out easily. But the 13.3-inch device feels heavy and bulky even when you’re just holding the tablet portion, which weighs 2.8 pounds. The keyboard adds two pounds, making it the heaviest of the six reviewed. It’s more for watching a movie in bed, not for taking on the train.
Like the other laptops at this price range, the Satellite Click comes with a touch screen and runs Windows 8. There’s a battery in both the tablet and keyboard portions.
MacBook Air, starts at $999 » This one barely makes the $1,000 cutoff. And this price gives you the 11.6-inch version, making it more expensive than Windows computers with larger screens. A 13.3-inch model costs $100 more.
The Air uses solid-state storage rather than traditional hard drives, meaning it stores less than the Inspiron, Flex or Satellite Click.
But that keeps the Air light, at 2.4 pounds for the 11-inch version and 3 pounds for the larger one. The weight puts the Air in the same class as Windows ultrabooks costing hundreds of dollars more. The big differences: The Air’s display has a lower resolution than leading ultrabooks, and it lacks a touch screen, something Apple opposes in laptops.
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