[Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?

[Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?

WE love

  • Autonomy, performance, robustness.

We don’t like

  • Keyboard, plastic design.

Verdict:

The Click Mini is not a thunderbolt, but it is enduring. Its double battery allows it to be 7 hours out of sight from a power outlet, that’s good. Its design is not selling, but it is solid and full of connectors, starting with SD and microSD ports to expand the storage a little weak basic. At 330 euros, it is currently a machine of choice for a small budget, especially since its conversion to tablet format allows it to kill two birds with one stone.

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At CES 2015, Toshiba presented the Click Mini, a small portable computer which, once manipulated, can move into a touch pad under Windows 8.1 with Bing. Why with Bing? Simply because it has a slab of 8.9 inch (1920 x 1200 pixels), diagonal which makes it eligible for Microsoft’s under 9 inch program. The Windows license is free for the manufacturer. In return, the Internet Explorer search engine is by default Bing.

It is not a disadvantage for the consumer who has all the leisure to modify this rule in the parameters of the navigator. In addition, Windows 8.1 with Bing comes with one year of free Office 365 subscription.

Image 3: [Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?Toshiba is therefore trying to play tight with this Click Mini, reducing costs at all costs in order to offer the best value for money. However, like the netbooks In their day, hybrid laptops have a hard time differentiating themselves, due to an often identical configuration. Does the Click Mini fare well or is it just an ersatz of netbook 2.0?

Yes, if plastic doesn’t bother you

At first glance, the Click Mini is not particularly attractive. With a small diagonal, it looks very thick. However, it is only two centimeters thick. Certainly, it’s more than a T90 Chi, but Toshiba’s laptop includes a secondary battery in its keyboard part, unlike the Asus model.

Image 4: [Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?Besides his overweight, it must be recognized that his total plastic look also has something to leave indifferent. However, in handling, we recognize that nothing cracks. The set is solid and well adjusted. If aluminum and carbon are not mandatory materials for you, the Click Mini is a good option. Note that it also manages to keep a contained weight thanks to its plastic shell: 975 grams on the scale, including 470 grams for the tablet part. The keyboard is heavier because of its battery which is discussed below.

Yes, because its hinge is practical

Detachable portable, as Toshiba calls it, the Click Mini splits in two to offer the experience of a tablet. Also useful with or without a keyboard, it is therefore often handled by its user.

For this, Toshiba went there with its small adapted hinge. Press a button at the top of the keyboard and you can remove the screen from its base. A simple gesture that still requires the machine to be placed on a support. We have known more practical with the magnetic hinge of Asus, but it is then only a support. In the hinge of the Click Mini, there is a proprietary port which makes the link between the keyboard and the system and also gives it the precious autonomy of the secondary battery.

No, Toshiba could not have done better than a lockable hinge. To nitpick, we would have just preferred that the disengagement button was more accessible.

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No, because it uses the keyboard of netbooks

Compact, the Click Mini fits everywhere. Easily transportable in a bag, it has the dimensions of a small tablet. If it is pleasant to use in tablet mode via its touch screen, it is another pair of sleeves when you put your hands on your keyboard. With less than 25 cm wide, it could not comfortably accommodate all of its keys and a touchpad of correct size.

Image 6: [Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?Several years after the first netbooks, we are faced with the same problem. To hold all of the 65 keys that make up the keyboard of its Click Mini, Toshiba had to cut some of them. The arrows are small, some punctuation keys are reduced, but beyond all that, we again have an equally small “M”. It is the only letter to suffer this fate. The reason is simple. On a QWERTY keyboard, it is next to the “N” and is of normal size. By transposing his computer to the QWERTY format, Toshiba attaches it next to the “L”, it then takes the place of a punctuation key, smaller.

Of course, this does not prevent the use of the keyboard, but decreases its comfort. Ultimately, the keyboard interface of the Click Mini is suitable for posting on social networks or surfing, but is not suitable for writing a dissertation, for example.

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Yes, because it is no less powerful than another

Like all new detachable laptops, the Click Mini adopts a Bay Trail platform and in particular one of its Atom. This is the Z3735, a processor clocked at 1.33 GHz. It is not the most powerful of the range, but the difference lies in a pocket handkerchief.979 points under PCMark and 1174 points under 3DMark. It is not a lightning of war, in particular for the treatment of 3D images. Moreover, if it makes Hearthstone run correctly, it is not advisable to launch a Project Cars or an Assassin’s Creed at the risk of seeing the machine bend under insurmountable effort. On the other hand, those who confine themselves to Facebook games and enthusiasts of old-fashioned video games will find their account there.

Image 8: [Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?PCMarkImage 9: [Test] Toshiba Click Mini: do we crack or not?3DMark

The Atom is supported by 2 GB of RAM. This is the norm for this type of machine, although we would have preferred double to be more comfortable. Storage side, we have no choice, it is limited to 32 GB of SSD internally. Fortunately, Toshiba has thought of installing a microSD reader on the tablet and an SD reader in the keyboard section, enough to boost the capacity of the machine.

Yes, because it has superb autonomy

This is the strong point of the Click Mini. As stated above, this hybrid consists of two parts, each containing a battery. We passed it under Powermark to determine his endurance. By combining all its accumulators, the Click Mini delivers an autonomy of 6:55 a.m.. A good score in a daily use test that mixes video playback, office automation and Internet browsing.

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