Last year'swas a product we did not particularly like at all. It was a budget-feeling 13-inch detachable hybrid, a concept that might have worked if it did not ask $600 for a low, low-power AMD A4 processor that simply didn't perform well enough to justify the price.
Coming back for more with a revamped Click 2 is a risk for Toshiba, but based on a brief hands-on demo for the budget Click 2 and the upscale Click 2 Pro, the Click line seems to at least be on the right path.
The $586 Click 2 looks and feels a lot like the original, although the button-release hinge is not as awkward this time around (I'm still not a fan of that hinge/latch style, however). More importantly, it has a current-gen quad-core Intel Pentium processor, which is comparable to what you'd see in sub-$500 budget laptops and many smaller Windows slates.tablet/hybrid. Higher-end Toshiba laptops (including the Click 2 Pro) have Harman Kardon-branded audio systems, here it's mainstream headphone brand Skullcandy. One nice upscale feature is 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Starting at $1,028 is the thinner, lighter, more powerful Click 2 Pro, which has a full aluminum body, Intel Core i5 CPU, 1080p 13.3-inch display, and 128GB SSD.
The hinge design is also different. This time the tablet sits in a small channel at the top of the keyboard base, and detaches when you push down gently on it, releasing an internal latch. Toshiba calls it a push-pull mechanism. In our hands-on time with the Click Pro 2, it worked well, although I'd be a little nervous to lift the entire system up by the screen. An optional upgrade adds an extra 500GB HDD and battery to the keyboard base.
Both the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro will be available starting late June at Best Buy and Toshiba's online store.