The Toshiba Click Mini, launched at CES in Jan is almost in a category of its own. It’s an 8.9-inch Windows tablet with a docking keyboard. The only other product with a similar specification is the ASUS Transformer Book T90 but the Click Mini has a few important extra features.
Firstly there’s the full HD touchscreen. It didn’t smack us between the eyes with color range but it’s has a nice wide viewing angle and seems bright enough.
The second thing to note is the full size USB 2.0 and SD card reader on the side. This is rare for such a small device and especially one that costs just 399 euros. The other feature is that there’s a battery in the tablet and in the keyboard giving a total of 38 Wh – almost as much as the Macbook gives you, for 3 times the cost!
It weighs 1KG so what’s not to like here? Well there’s a little style issue that you’ll have to swallow. The screen bezel is big and the casing is a little week on material style and feel. The keyboard flexes in the middle too so some attention will need to be given to that in any full test.
If the keyboard turns out to be functional and you can handle the style issues, this is one of the most productive and mobile all-dayers we’ve seen yet.