Just when you thought the Asus Transformer Book would be the only budget 2-in-1 notebook that looks interesting for the holidays, Toshiba unveiled the Satellite Radius 11. The value-priced convertible laptop has a two-axis hinge that rotates 360-degrees, allowing it to convert from laptop to tablet by just pushing back the 11.6-inch touchscreen. This new 2-in-1 is powered by the latest Intel processors, runs Windows 8.1, and starts at $329.99.
The new Radius 11 mirrors the design language of Lenovo’s Yoga series in that the 360-degree “flip-and-fold” hinge allows users to place the Radius 11 in five distinct modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation, and Audience. As we’ve come to expect with this style of convertible notebook, the Radius 11 automatically disables the keyboard in tablet mode to prevent unintentional typing. The screen is an 11.6-inch diagonal touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution, so you won’t be getting razor-sharp Ultra HD resolutions.
The Satellite Radius 11 tips the scales at less than 3lbs. and is covered in a textured light gold (champagne) finish. Like most of the new 2-in-1 laptops that use the newest Intel low-voltage processors, the Radius 11 features a fanless design, so there’s no annoying hum. The laptop can be configured with the latest Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, and either 32 GB of Flash memory or a standard 500 GB hard drive. The laptop also includes an HD webcam, plus one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI, and a full-size SD card slot.
The Satellite Radius 11 will be available for purchase beginning October 26, 2014 for a starting price of $329.99 at major retailers and direct from Toshiba at toshiba.com/us.