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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 Convertible Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/07/2014

Press me! The tablet of Toshiba's Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 convertible can be completely detached from the keyboard dock. The unusual mechanism needs a bit of getting used to. Read in our report why the stylish ultrabook will nevertheless look good on many desks.

In review: Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de.

For the original German review, see here.

Isn't it convenient to always have a convertible at hand? Using a full-sized keyboard for typing longer texts is always possible, but taking the tablet with a touchscreen for browsing on the Internet is handy. The manufacturers are outdoing each other with unusual hinge constructions or by combining a tablet with a keyboard dock so that the touchable screen can be completely removed and used as a tablet in the 2-in-1 concept.

Toshiba pursues the latter design with its Satellite P30W-B-104. The keyboard dock serves as a docking station with additional interfaces, a keyboard, and a touchpad. At the same time, the tablet can be used without the dock owing to the available ports, and because Toshiba installs all internal components like the processor and graphics card in the tablet. That has both advantages and disadvantages, which we will examine in the following test.

Toshiba's Satellite P30W-B-104 currently competes with other 13-inch convertibles in the forms of HP's Split x2 13, Asus' Transformer Book T300LA, Sony's Vaio Fit 13A multi-flip, HP's Spectre 13, and Lenovo's Yoga 2 13 and Yoga 2 Pro.

Case

When we saw Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 in a closed state on the table, we were at first uncertain whether it was upside down or not. Since Toshiba wanted to design the tablet's sides as thin as possible, the vents and speaker grilles are on the tablet's back. That disrupts the actually pleasantly plain design and lessens the high-quality impression of the metal casing somewhat. Although the keyboard dock's underside is only plastic, it is at least textured and has a high-quality feel.

The keyboard dock's stylish design is striking when the convertible is opened. It is gently curved toward the keyboard, the ClickPad looks a bit like an archway due to the rounded corners at the top, and the entire frame is made of brushed aluminum. The tablet is inserted into a massive fixture that is comprised of matte aluminum. Since it closes flush with the keyboard dock when closed, our new review sample already exhibited light scratches here. Thus, this component will likely no longer look good after a while of use.

The partly very thin keyboard dock is, unfortunately, not absolutely stiff. The front corners can be warped massively, which occasionally produces a cracking noise, or increases the gap between the ClickPad and bezel. Besides that, the ClickPad's keys can be used by pressing the underside, which does not contribute to the accuracy. The tablet can also be twisted and leads to color distortions on the screen.

An ultrabook sticker adorns the casing, and so Toshiba has followed Intel's specifications by clearly remaining below the maximum height of 21 millimeters with only 17 millimeters. However, Toshiba's Satellite P30W-B-104 is not light with a total weight of 1982 grams. Devices with just 1.3 kilograms are among the contenders (Sony Vaio Fit 13A multi-flip). Some 13.3-inch ultrabooks without the convertible feature even only weigh 1.1 kilograms (Sony Vaio Pro 13 or Samsung ATIV Book 9). The tablet of Toshiba's Click 2 Pro weighs 942 grams and is slightly lighter than HP's Spectre 13 or Asus' Transformer Book T300LA.

Convertible Features

Toshiba has come up with a mechanism for separating the tablet from the keyboard dock, which is illustrated on a sticker above the keyboard. The user only has to apply pressure from above when the tablet is locked. It is then detached from the fixture and it can be pulled out in an upward movement. It only has to be lined up with the center mark and pressed in to reinsert it.

First of all, this method is not very intuitive, and, if it weren't for the sticker, we would never have guessed that the tablet has to be pressed down. Besides that, the feedback is too weak. The user will not know whether the lock has been released or whether the tablet is inserted securely. Besides that, an even and firm surface is needed because there is not enough resistance or the tablet is only released on one side otherwise.

Overall, it needs a bit of getting used to, and even then it remains to be rather awkward to detach and reinsert the tablet. We have seen considerably more intuitive systems in Asus' Transformer Book T300LA or HP's Spectre 13.

Connectivity

We were annoyed that there were barely any interfaces in the keyboard dock of Asus' Transformer Book T300LA. Logically, the tablet also has to feature the most important ports so that it can be used as a stand-alone device. Toshiba considers this problem in its Satellite Click 2 Pro and simply installs most interfaces on both the tablet and keyboard dock. For example, a micro-SD card reader is found in the tablet, and a full-sized SD card slot is in the keyboard dock. The tablet even sports a full-sized USB port, though only in USB 2.0 standard. There are two USB 3.0 ports in the dock.

A minor drawback: Since most interfaces are on the tablet's lower edge, they cannot be used when it is inserted into the dock. Additionally, all devices have to be disconnected from the tablet before it can be attached to the keyboard dock because the stickers are in the way otherwise. Overall, the interface diversity is remarkable, but it would have been more practical if the ports had been installed on the tablet's sides primarily because they could have then been used permanently.

The Satellite Click 2 Pro has two webcams. The rear-facing camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels and features auto-focus. The front-facing camera offers a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The pictures cannot compete with a good smartphone camera not to mention a reflex camera. They are extremely overexposed in our examples. At least the rear-facing camera still manages to reproduce the colors quite decently, and the image sharpness is satisfactory. The front-facing camera has a considerably wider angle, and also overexposes pictures. However, both cameras do an acceptable job in poor light conditions.

Sample picture rear-facing camera
Sample picture rear-facing camera
Sample picture front-facing camera
Sample picture front-facing camera
Rear: power socket, 2x USB 3.0, SD-card reader, HDMI, combo audio jack
Rear: power socket, 2x USB 3.0, SD-card reader, HDMI, combo audio jack
Front: no interfaces
Front: no interfaces
Left: micro-SD, volume rocker, standby button
Left: micro-SD, volume rocker, standby button
Right: no interfaces
Right: no interfaces
Tablet lower edge: combo audio port, USB 2.0, micro-HDMI, docking port, power socket
Tablet lower edge: combo audio port, USB 2.0, micro-HDMI, docking port, power socket


Communication

Despite the generous connectivity, there is no LAN port. To be fair, none of the comparison devices have a LAN socket. However, Toshiba installs Wi-Fi in the new 802.11 ac standard in its Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104. It makes high-speed wireless network connections possible.

The reception quality of the Wi-Fi module is good. The signal either had full strength or 4/5 bars at a distance of 10 meters from the router and through three walls in our non-standardized test. Another two meters and one wall between the device and router resulted in 3/5 bars, but website build-ups were still fast.

Maintenance

Although there are some screws on the keyboard dock, it does not make much sense to open it because all performance-relevant components are in the tablet. The tablet cannot be opened by the end-user.

Warranty

Toshiba offers a standard warranty of 24 months for this product. Users who want to extend this period can choose between a total warranty period of 36 and 48 months. Accidental damage and data recovery can be added to that. Unfortunately, Toshiba does not state any prices for the single warranty upgrades on its website.

Input Devices

Keyboard

At first glance, it seems that Toshiba makes generous use of the limited space of the 13.3-inch casing for the keyboard. The standard keys in the chiclet keyboard have a gap of 3 millimeters, which is usually not much more in larger devices. The special keys are relatively small, but some still spaced sufficiently with 5 millimeters, making them comfortable to use. At the same time, Toshiba leaves 25 millimeters unused on the keyboard's left and right, which could have at least been used to a part.

The standard keys are sufficiently sized with a height of 13 millimeters and width of 16 millimeters, and they are also pleasant to use otherwise. That is due to the agreeably soft stop that nevertheless provides enough feedback through the keystroke. The drop is also sufficient. The typing feel is high-quality, which is also because the keyboard is fitted tightly into the casing and does not yield.

Touchpad

The ClickPad, slightly shifted to the left in the wrist rest, is quite big with a diameter of 12 centimeters. However, the keys are incorporated into the touch-sensitive area. The surface is nicely separated from the surrounding wrist rest and is agreeably sleek. The keys' drop is fairly short, but they have a distinct pressure point and provide a clear feedback.

There is one drawback - the base under the keys does not provide enough resistance because of the very thin keyboard bed. Pressure from the bottom results in triggering the mouse key and a click is performed.

Touchscreen

A glass pane protects the capacitive touchscreen in Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro. It seamlessly covers the tablet's entire front. The surface is quite sleek and can also be used with slightly higher pressure. The screen is responsive and accurate up into its edges, and multi-touch gestures are detected reliably.

Keyboard
Keyboard
ClickPad
ClickPad

Display

The IPS screen in Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and has a glossy surface. Its average brightness of 324 cd/m² places it in the midfield of the comparison devices. HP's Split x2 13Asus' Transformer Book T300LA and Lenovo's Yoga 2 13 have considerably darker screens, and all others achieve a higher brightness.

The subjective image impression is good. The sharpness is high, the colors are brilliant, and the touchscreen's contacts are not visible even over large areas. At the same time, the screen's illumination of 87% is quite homogeneous so that there are no visible brightness differences even in large, colored areas.

321
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 324 cd/m² Average: 304.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 303 cd/m²
Contrast: 819:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.82 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.06 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.47
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
305 cd/m² ∼44%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
211 cd/m² ∼30%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
220 cd/m² ∼31%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
335 cd/m² ∼48%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
249 cd/m² ∼36%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
340 cd/m² ∼49%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
372 cd/m² ∼53%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
87 % ∼87%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
93 % ∼93%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
79 % ∼79%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
86 % ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
86 % ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
87 % ∼87%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
88 % ∼88%
Black Level (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
0.37 % * ∼7%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
0.25 % * ∼5%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
0.27 % * ∼5%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
0.303 % * ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
0.4 % * ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
0.749 % * ∼15%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
0.63 % * ∼13%
Contrast (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
819 :1 ∼51%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
864 :1 ∼54%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
848 :1 ∼53%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
1145 :1 ∼72%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
673 :1 ∼42%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
496 :1 ∼31%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
584 :1 ∼37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
2.82 * ∼19%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
4.54 * ∼30%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
4.5 * ∼30%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
4.08 * ∼27%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
2.95 * ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
3.14 * ∼21%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
4.56 * ∼30%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
2.06 * ∼14%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
3.46 * ∼23%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
5.52 * ∼37%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
5.52 * ∼37%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
4.19 * ∼28%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
1.24 * ∼8%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
5.36 * ∼36%
Gamma (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
2.47 ∼71%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
2.47 ∼71%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
2.42 ∼69%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
2.39 ∼68%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
2.5 ∼71%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
2.44 ∼70%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
2.31 ∼66%
CCT (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
6271 ∼627%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
6679 ∼668%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
6227 ∼623%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
6374 ∼637%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
6771 ∼677%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
6461 ∼646%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
6342 ∼634%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
62.59 % ∼63%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
61.9 % ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
62.1 % ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
40.49 % ∼40%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
60 % ∼60%

* ... smaller is better

The screen is again midfield with its contrast when looking at the contenders. 819:1 is a decent rate, and consequently the black level of 0.37 cd/m² is not outstanding in the comparison field, but it is satisfactory. In fact, black areas look very vivid and dark on the screen.

The results of the closer examination using a special instrument and CalMAN software are also pleasing. The color shift compared with the sRGB reference color space is very low. The colors and grayscale correspond fairly exactly to the reference rates even without calibration. The very common bluish cast is not visible here either. That results in a pretty accurate color reproduction, like, for example, when they are taken with a camera. Unfortunately, we could not analyze the coverage of the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces more precisely because the profiler recurrently crashed.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

The decent brightness cannot completely compensate for the intensely reflective screen outdoors. Windows or bright areas in the background are reflected on the screen time and again indoors and distort the image. Thus, the user should look for a shadowy place when outdoors. Then it is possible to work fairly well with the convertible.

Since Toshiba installs a screen based on IPS technology in its Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104, the viewing angles are very stable in all directions. The image can still be recognized even from very flat angles.

Outdoors (maximum brightness, brightness sensor off)
Outdoors (maximum brightness, brightness sensor off)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Intel's Core i5-4210U is an energy-efficient processor that nevertheless has enough power for everyday work. A weaker, dedicated graphics card would not slow down the processor either. However, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro does not have one to begin with, and the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 takes over this job. The swift SSD and 4 GB of working memory result in a balanced system that should be fast enough for routine tasks.

System information: Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104

Processor

Intel's Core i5-4210U with a base clock of 1.7 GHz is a fairly popular processor for convertibles and ultrabooks. According to its spec sheet, it can achieve a Turbo clock of up to 2.7 GHz when one core is active, and up to 2.4 GHz when both cores are utilized. This was also the case in our tests. The CPU can process up to four threads simultaneously via Hyper-Threading. The processor even managed first place among the comparison devices in our synthetic benchmarks. Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro and Sony's Vaio Fit 13A multi-flip with the slightly slower Core i5-4200U were right at its heels.

Pleasing: The processor's full Turbo power is available in battery mode, regardless of the energy-saving profile. That means when the full performance is needed, it can be retrieved.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.18 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.62 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
15.18 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
239 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
63.3 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
1.18 Points ∼54%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
0.85 Points ∼39% -28%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
1.12 Points ∼51% -5%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
0.88 Points ∼40% -25%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
0.73 Points ∼33% -38%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
1.13 Points ∼51% -4%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
1.15 Points ∼52% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
2.62 Points ∼13%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
1.7 Points ∼9% -35%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
2.37 Points ∼12% -10%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
1.85 Points ∼9% -29%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
1.83 Points ∼9% -30%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
2.39 Points ∼12% -9%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
2.3 Points ∼12% -12%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
105 Points ∼47%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
74 Points ∼33% -30%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
92 Points ∼41% -12%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
77 Points ∼35% -27%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
59 Points ∼26% -44%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
101 Points ∼45% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
239 Points ∼13%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
162 Points ∼9% -32%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
214 Points ∼12% -10%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
171 Points ∼9% -28%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
170 Points ∼9% -29%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
201 Points ∼11% -16%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104 Intel Core i5-4210U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
 
HP Split x2 13-m210eg Intel Core i5-4210Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
 
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
 
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2 Intel Core i5-4202Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
 
Lenovo Yoga 2 13 Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
 
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
 
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung MZNTD128HAGM

System Performance

The system benchmarks analyze the overall system that forms the components of Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro. Of course, the processor and graphics card are part of this, but the storage device and hard drive also play an important role. Consequently, devices like HP's Split x2 13 and Lenovo's Yoga 2 13 based on a conventional hard drive clearly lag behind devices with an SSD. Our review sample is at the front of the comparison field owing to its swift processor and speedy SSD, roughly on par with Sony's Vaio Fit 13A, Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro, and HP's Spectre 13.

PCMark 7 Score
4369 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2053 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1979 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3146 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
4369 Points ∼54%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
3629 Points ∼45% -17%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
4357 Points ∼54% 0%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
4139 Points ∼51% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
2180 Points ∼27% -50%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
4670 Points ∼58% +7%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
4277 Points ∼53% -2%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
3146 Points ∼48%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
2614 Points ∼40% -17%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
2348 Points ∼36% -25%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
1979 Points ∼21%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
1913 Points ∼21% -3%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
2233 Points ∼24% +13%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
2053 Points ∼34%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
1943 Points ∼33% -5%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
1918 Points ∼32% -7%

Storage Devices

The SSD in the Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 comes from Toshiba itself and has a capacity of 256 GB. It not only requires less power than conventional hard drives, it also has a considerably higher data throughput. For example, the sequential read speed of our review sample is five times higher than the conventional hard drive in Lenovo's Yoga 2 13. The good write rates are also pleasing, and the comparison devices cannot compete with them. That is noticed in fast system and program starts, as well as in faster copying speeds in practical use.

Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Sequential Read: 505 MB/s
Sequential Write: 471 MB/s
4K Read: 21 MB/s
4K Write: 78 MB/s
4K-64 Read: 362 MB/s
4K-64 Write: 72 MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.1 ms
Access Time Write: 0.04 ms
Score Read: 434 Points
Score Write: 197 Points
Score Total: 857 Points

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 4400 is a processor-integrated graphics unit that provides enough power for everyday tasks, but usually not enough for demanding games. Its maximum clock is 1000 MHz, which is also available in battery mode as long as the "High Performance" or "Balanced" profiles are set. The clock drops to 600 MHz in energy-saving mode.

We initially had problems prompting the graphics card to display anything at all. The Windows desktop and basic applications, such as the web browser, were displayed faultlessly. However, Intel's HD Graphics 4400 refused to work when it came to decoding movies or 3D calculations. Toshiba presently has two BIOS updates that are displayed via the preloaded update tool, and we no longer had problems after installing them.

3DMark 11 Performance
770 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
34025 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3791 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
495 points
Help

Gaming Performance

It is not really possible to play on Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro because it lacks a dedicated graphics card. Diablo III and Tomb Raider still ran without lags using minimum details and in an extremely reduced resolution. However, it is not possible to play the current game Thief smoothly. Users who want to play current games or older titles in a higher resolution should look for a device with a dedicated graphics card.

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 42.330.125.113.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 42.223.1125fps
Thief (2014) 12.1741.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro is silent when idling. The fan remains completely inactive when the device is not loaded excessively. The fan turns on for a moment after a while but is also barely audible then. The maximum idle noise is a very low 31.5 dB(A). Since the SSD does not produce any noise for construction-related reasons, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro can also be used in very quiet environments.

However, as much as 38.4 dB(A) can be reached during load, which is audible. The average load rate of 33.5 dB(A) is considerably lower. The fan's noise drops quickly when load operation is finished, and the noise frequency is pleasantly restrained. In total, the Click 2 Pro is a very quiet device. Users who want an absolutely silent convertible will have to turn to a passively cooled device like HP's Spectre 13. Asus' Transformer Book 300LA is again significantly quieter than Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro during load.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 31 / 31.5 dB(A)
Load
33.5 / 38.4 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

An advantage of the design used for Toshiba's Click 2 Pro: Because there are no performance components in the keyboard dock, it remains absolutely cool and the convertible can always be used on the lap when assembled. However, the tablet can get quite warm when it is held in the hand. This is not noticed in idle at first; the tablet at most heats up slightly compared with the ambient temperatures, and only the back in the area of the upper center gets a bit warmer. A maximum of 32.5 °C is still a very slight temperature increase.

However, the casing heats up noticeably on both the front and back during full load. The highest temperature is achieved on the back's center where the processor is presumably located. We measured a maximum of 47.2 °C here. Thus, the device belongs to the warmest in the comparison field. Lenovo's Yoga 2 13 still defends its first place with up to 47.8 °C though. Fortunately, the tablet of Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro can still be held comfortably in landscape mode because the sides reach the lowest temperatures.

We push both the graphics card and processor to their limits in the stress test. The temperature never reached a critical rate even after a longer full load period. Its maximum of 65 °C was within an acceptable range. However, the performance decreased: The processor achieved a maximum clock of 1.4 GHz, and the graphics card could not always maintain its full clock of 1000 MHz and temporarily dropped to 950 MHz. Thus, the user will have to count with performance limitations in very high load.

Max. Load
 46.1 °C41.8 °C37.9 °C 
 32.7 °C36.6 °C37 °C 
 32.7 °C38.7 °C38.5 °C 
Maximum: 46.1 °C
Average: 38 °C
34.4 °C36.3 °C34.7 °C
37.7 °C44.1 °C36.2 °C
44 °C47.2 °C37.7 °C
Maximum: 47.2 °C
Average: 39.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  53.3 °C | Room Temperature 24.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
 26.4 °C27.8 °C28.1 °C 
 26.7 °C27.8 °C28 °C 
 28.8 °C32.5 °C30.4 °C 
Maximum: 32.5 °C
Average: 28.5 °C
27.7 °C28.6 °C28.3 °C
27.6 °C28.6 °C28 °C
27.6 °C28.3 °C28.2 °C
Maximum: 28.6 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.7 °C | Room Temperature 23.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The speakers are located on the left and right upper third of the tablet's back, where they are normally not covered when the tablet is held. The sound is acceptable, but the maximum volume could be higher, and the speakers generally sound a bit tinny. Basses are almost inaudible. However, the speakers at least do not overdrive even in higher volumes.

"DTS Sound" software is preloaded and enables setting multiple sound parameters, even with an equalizer when desired. However, it does not change much about the sound and does not lead to a real improvement.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The economic processor should enable low power consumption, shouldn't it? Well, Toshiba doesn't quite manage conditioning its convertible for energy efficiency. The known "Eco Mode" from Toshiba is available, which allows some extra settings for saving energy. That is basically good, but the power consumption of Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 is considerably higher than that of the comparison devices.

The device drains 0.1 watts from the outlet or the battery in a completely shut down state and even 0.2 watts in standby. Though that does not sound like much, it adds up in the long run. At least 4 watts is consumed in idle mode. The similarly equipped Asus Transformer Book T300LA only needs 3.3 watts here. The differences are even bigger during load. The Satellite Click 2 Pro consumes up to 31.1 watts, Asus' convertible just 28.1 watts. Of all comparison devices, solely Lenovo's Yoga 2 13 treats itself to the same amount of energy as our test device.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 8.9 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 31 / 31.1 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery runtimes that the Satellite Click 2 Pro can draw from the 41-watt-hour battery correspond to the power consumption. The idle runtime of 10:43 hours is still decent. However, we only just achieved 5:42 hours as soon as we reduced the brightness to approximately 150 cd/m², and initiate our script that simulates Internet browsing via Wi-Fi. Thus, Toshiba's convertible is on par with most comparison devices but is clearly outperformed by Asus' Transformer Book T300LA with a runtime of over 10 hours.

It is at least possible to watch three, normal length films from the SSD before the battery is drained. The other runtimes are also quite feasible. The Satellite Click 2 Pro's runtime could have been increased significantly with an additional battery in the dock. However, only HP's Spectre 13 can offer that among our comparison devices.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 34min
WiFi Surfing
5h 42min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 34min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
342 min ∼13%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
433 min ∼16%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
653 min ∼24%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
445 min ∼16%
Lenovo Yoga 2 13
302 min ∼11%
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
335 min ∼12%
Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
314 min ∼12%

Verdict

Stylish, slim, and swift - does a convertible need more for convincing testers and buyers alike? Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104 looks good in many categories but makes a slightly unfinished impression in some details. The keyboard dock with its curvy lines and boldly designed touchpad are an eyeful, but the vents and speaker grilles on the tablet's back disfigure it. 

The interface diversity is above average, but the majority of ports on the tablet cannot be used when it is in the keyboard dock. Besides that, all cables have to be removed before connecting it to the dock. The connections, vents, and speakers could have been placed on the tablet's sides; for example, it worked well in Asus' Transformer Book T300LA...

The screen's accurate color reproduction, decent contrast, and sufficient brightness are compelling, the battery life is throughout feasible, and the input devices function precisely. Not too much value should be placed on good speakers though. The Satellite Click 2 Pro does not convince in this point. However, it has two webcams that shoot satisfactory pictures.

The rating would be a few percent higher had Toshiba put a bit more thought into the tablet, and if the docking fixture were not so awkward. Even so, the device gets a purchase recommendation due to its good performance, great screen, and stylish keyboard dock; but the buyer will have to accept the mentioned restrictions

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In review: Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de.
In review: Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de.

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104 (Satellite P30 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4400, Core: 1100 MHz, Memory: 798 MHz, igdumdim64 10.18.10.3345
Memory
4096 MB 
, single-channel DDR3L, 1 memory bank, filled
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, LGD045B (LP133WF3-SPA1), IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU, 256 GB 
, 227 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX20755 @Intel Lynx Point-LP
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 HDMI, Audio Connections: 2 combo audio jack (tablet and dock), Card Reader: micro-SD (tablet), SD (dock), Sensors: brightness sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 331 x 215 ( = 0.67 x 13.03 x 8.46 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: front: HD webcam; rear: 5 megapixel webcam w/ auto-focus
Additional features
Speakers: Harman Kardon speaker in tablet, Keyboard: chiclet keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, TOSHIBA Desktop Assist ,TOSHIBA Eco Utility, TOSHIBA Function Key, TOSHIBA Media Player by sMedio TrueLink+, TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor, TOSHIBA System Settings, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.982 kg ( = 69.91 oz / 4.37 pounds), Power Supply: 232 g ( = 8.18 oz / 0.51 pounds)
Price
1099 Euro

 

Toshiba's Click 2 Pro almost looks a bit unfinished in a closed state.
Toshiba's Click 2 Pro almost looks a bit unfinished in a closed state.
Speakers and vents discontinue the design.
Speakers and vents discontinue the design.
There is also a wide, black strip where the tablet is inserted into the dock.
There is also a wide, black strip where the tablet is inserted into the dock.
Besides that, there are these useless inserts on the back that also disrupt the design.
Besides that, there are these useless inserts on the back that also disrupt the design.
At least the front-facing camera shoots quite satisfactory pictures. The speakers are rather wanting.
At least the front-facing camera shoots quite satisfactory pictures. The speakers are rather wanting.
The cooperation with Harman Kardon doesn't help much either.
The cooperation with Harman Kardon doesn't help much either.
The front-facing camera is more made for videoconferencing than for pictures.
The front-facing camera is more made for videoconferencing than for pictures.
The design inside looks significantly better.
The design inside looks significantly better.
The eject mechanism needs getting used to.
The eject mechanism needs getting used to.
Toshiba fulfills the ultrabook specifications. But the convertible's weight of almost two kilograms is not exactly low for a 13.3-inch device.
Toshiba fulfills the ultrabook specifications. But the convertible's weight of almost two kilograms is not exactly low for a 13.3-inch device.
The ClickPad features a bold design and is decent to use.
The ClickPad features a bold design and is decent to use.
The keyboard has a backlight and is also high-quality.
The keyboard has a backlight and is also high-quality.
The device is very versatile because the tablet can be removed completely.
The device is very versatile because the tablet can be removed completely.
Toshiba should rethink the mechanism though.
Toshiba should rethink the mechanism though.
It only works after getting used to it - but then not always either.
It only works after getting used to it - but then not always either.
In total, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro gets a purchase recommendation because its battery life, screen, and input devices are compelling.
In total, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro gets a purchase recommendation because its battery life, screen, and input devices are compelling.

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Pro

+Slim design
+Metal casing
+Many interfaces
+Two webcams
+Backlit keyboard
+Large ClickPad
+Removable tablet
+Good system performance
+Color accurate screen
+Useful battery life
+Relatively quiet operation
 

Cons

-Tablet interfaces cannot be used when docked
-Insufficient casing stiffness in places
-Some keys small
-Only satisfactory speakers
-Docking mechanism needs getting used to
-Scratch-sensitive fixture

Shortcut

What we like

The slim and stylish keyboard dock, the number of interfaces, and the good screen.

What we'd like to see

The power consumption and consequently the battery life could still be improved, material with a higher scratch resistance should be found for the hinge, and the ports positioning on the tablet should be reconsidered.

What surprises us

That Toshiba breaks up the tablet's design with vents, rather than placing them at the sides.

The competition

HP Split x2 13, Asus Transformer Book T300LA, Sony Vaio Fit 13A multi-flip, HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Yoga 2 13 and Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104 - 09/26/2014 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
73 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
63 / 80 → 79%
Weight
63 / 78 → 65%
Battery
86%
Display
87%
Games Performance
48 / 68 → 71%
Application Performance
68 / 87 → 78%
Temperature
84%
Noise
92%
Audio
45 / 91 → 49%
Camera
66 / 85 → 78%
Average
72%
77%
Convertible - Weighted Average
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