Toshiba has announced its latest Windows laptop that is a hybrid with a screen that rotates 360 degrees. The Satellite Radius 11 combines portability with the power of Windows 8.1 to make a laptop that is ideal for both work and play. This makes it a good fit for those needing a laptop for BYOD.
The 11.6-inch Toshiba uses a hinge that the company calls the "flip-and-fold," a two-axis design that supports using the Radius 11 in five modes — laptop, tablet, tabletop, presentation and audience. This covers most if not all user scenarios for the office and home.
When the screen is rotated back beyond a certain angle the keyboard is shut off, which prevents accidental keystrokes when holding it since the keys rest on the surface when in presentation mode.
The laptop is configurable at purchase with either a Pentium or Celeron processor. Experience shows either processor is capable of running Windows, and with a fanless design that is ideal for use as a tablet.
The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 supports up to 4GB of memory, and either a 32GB flash drive or 500GB hard drive. It has all the expected ports for a BYOD system: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD card slot.
The 11.6-inch screen allows the Radius 11 to be small but still have a full keyboard. It weighs in at less than 3 lbs.
It will be available Oct. 26 from Toshiba and other retailers starting at $329.99. We should have a review unit soon.