Toshiba Excite 13: A mammoth, stay-at-home tablet (hands on)

A 13-inch tablet is no joke. What do you do with a device that starts at $650 and is almost too unwieldy to hold? Keep it at home.


NEW ORLEANS--We heard about the massive 13-inch Toshiba Excite 13 back in April, when we declared the thing too large to really be considered a portable device.

Now that I've seen the so-called tablet in its footlong glory, I can say with complete authority: as a tablet, it's insane; unwieldy and hard to handle.

Toshiba Excite 13
It's big, it's heavy, and it's hardly portable. Meet the Toshiba Excite 13. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

That's perhaps why Toshiba envisions use cases that more or less keep it within domestic confines -- playing games, propping it on its included stand to use in the kitchen, watching movies in a room without a TV.

Get beyond its size and you'll find a 1,600x900 pixel resolution, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. It also sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. There are Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI-out ports and a full SD port in addition to the headset jack.

I can see the scenarios play out in my head, but I can't see a real market. For the $650 it costs for the 32GB version and the $750 for the 64GB version, you might be better off considering a full-on laptop. Then again, you might gain some serious muscle carrying it from room to room.

The Wi-Fi-only Toshiba Excite 13 goes on sale June 24 -- if you can hoist it home.

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