Toshiba's new Radius hybrid looks familiar, but also adds a new twist to a popular design idea.
This 15.6-inch laptop has a fold-back-style hinge that allows you to bend the screen back 360 degrees into a tablet mode, or stop anywhere along the way. It's very similar to the fold-back hinge originally seen in the Lenovo Yoga line, and later adopted by Dell, HP, and others.
The difference here is that instead of an 11-inch or 13-inch laptop screen, Toshiba is taking the idea bigger, into a 15.6-inch laptop. The basic idea is still the same: fold the hinge back -- Toshiba calls it a flip-and-fold design -- and use the system as a thick, heavy tablet, or prop up the screen for easy viewing without the keyboard getting in the way.
Because this is a bigger, heavier system, there are a few design tweaks. A thin rubber bumper outlines the keyboard tray, keeping your keyboard keys from clacking against the table in kiosk mode, and a small magnetic connection helps hold the lid against the back of the body in tablet mode.
The Radius will have current-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and up to a 1TB HDD. It will be available in early July at Best Buy and Toshiba's online store, starting at $925.