With the arrival of Microsoft’s Windows 8, there has been an assortment of convertible tablet PC with funky designs seeking to take advantage of the operating system’s touch computing capability. PC vendors have gotten creative on what they think is the best way to implement touch functionality. There’s the twist design that you see in the ThinkPad Twist, the folding design that you see in the ThinkPad Yoga, the rotating design that you see in the XPS 12 and the sliding design that you see in the VAIO Duo 11.

With the Toshiba Satellite U925t, we see a play off off the sliding design. While the U925t slides out the lid and display out from its tablet mode, revealing a keyboard, and thus converting the the conventional laptop mode for typing, it does so in a much more restricted way. You have to fully slide the lid out before being able to flip up and tilt the display at a usable viewing angle. This is different from the VAIO Duo 11 which has a slider mechanism which pushes the lid/display automatically into its upright position.

While sliding the display out so that the system can be converted to laptop mode may seem a bit awkward and troublesome, once you’re there things are find, if not better than what we see in other convertible tablet PCs. The touch display in the Satellite U925t is adjustable in viewing angle. This is better than the fixed angle you find in the Sony VAIO Duo 11.

One additional design note worth highlighting is that the Satellite U925t comes with a touchpad. This is a convenient item to have. The Sony VAIO Duo 11 does not have a touchpad. It uses a optical sensor that is built into the keyboard.





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