Toshiba’s New U840 Ultrabook Is Actually A Great Notebook

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Toshiba’s Z830 was the frontrunner in the first wave of Ultrabooks. Now with 75 Ultrabooks populating the market in 2012, the company has released its follow up. Much like platinum selling artists, we’re wondering if their follow up album will be any good.


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Early indications are that it will be.
 
The U840 is the company’s followup Ultrabook and has a 14 inch screen, an Intel Core i5 processor and 8 wonderful gigabytes of RAM. It has a LED backlit HD screen boarded by a VGA webcam, a drive that fuses a 320GB hard disk drive and a 16 GB Solid State Drive for the adorned ‘instant on’ functionality.

Its brushed ultra-metallic silver finish conceals a full sized HDMI, USB and SD ports. There’s a backlit keyboard, a USB 3.0 port, two everyday USB 2.0 ports and a 6 cell Li-ion battery for up-to 8 hours of battery life.

The result is a sleek Ultrabook that scrapes in under 20mm and weighs just 1.73kg.

Although it scarcely evades the anorexic proportions of 13.3 inch Ultrabooks, its increased RAM, storage and vast connectivity options make it an Ultrabook option that doesn’t require as many compromises. In fact, it’s better positioned against full bodied laptops.

With that in mind, its $1,499 retail price tag seems worth it.

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Key specifications:
· Brushed, ultra-metallic silver finish
· 14″ HD Widescreen
· 1366×768 LED backlit display
· Powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor
· Hybrid 320GB Hard Drive plus 16GB Solid State Drive
· Connectivity includes full size HDMI, USB and SD
· 3x USB ports; 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
· Weighing in at 1.73kg
· 19.9mm thick
· VGA webcam
· 6 cell high capacity Lilon battery provides up to 8 hours of power for busy users on the move

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