(Pocket-lint) - Toshiba first unveiled its Satellite Click Mini 8.9-inch tablet and laptop combination device at CES in Las Vegas in January, but as its UK and European release edges nearer (coming in March) Pocket-lint was invited to have a quick play with the device.
The 2-in-1 comes in white or silver and because of its compact nature, it could well be an ideal companion device for those who travel extensively. After all, as well as a touchscreen Windows tablet you get a sturdy keyboard and trackpad. And when locked together, they result in a solid mini laptop with decent build quality.
And at around £250 for the whole package, each element comes at a reasonable price.
The tablet half has an 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display and quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor. There's 2GB of RAM on board and 32GB of storage. A microSD card slot can expand that by up to a further 128GB and it sports a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel snapper on the front.
It runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365. There is also 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive to use free for the year too.
The keyboard half, which is much more like a laptop keyboard than the keyboard covers that come with Microsoft's own Surface tablets, adds an additional battery and an SD card slot that can also increase the storage by up to a further 128GB. A full-size USB port is on the keyboard too, with a micro USB port on the tablet. The tablet also has a micro HDMI port to feed images to a TV or separate display.
When combined, battery life is extended thanks to the two batteries being utilised, with up to 16 hours of video playback touted. And the device prioritises keeping the tablet battery most stocked up in that it will use the battery in the keyboard first when not connected to the mains, yet ensure the one in tablet is full when plugged in before charging the keyboard half.
While easily carried and compact enough to chuck in a bag, the Toshiba Satellite Click Mini is fairly hefty to hold. It weighs almost a kilo when combined. However, the tablet half is relatively light, coming in at less than half of that (470g).
We would have to spend more time with one to get a full impression of what it would be like to use when working and travelling, but all the signs so far are good. For the price it represents a reasonably inexpensive way to cut down on the amount of gadgets you need to take with you on holidays or business trips.