Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 Review

Introduction

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 with a brilliant 12.5-inch screen with 4K resolution.It has a convertible-hybrid design, and it is thin and light enough to carry with you all day.The Satellite Radius 12 is made for those who want a 4K display in a compact system and can overlook a few nits.

 

Design

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 will fit comfortably into any briefcase, and will impress those around you when you show off its dark, brushed-metal finish.the screen on this 12-inch Toshiba can rotate 360 degrees, letting you also use it in tent, stand and tablet modes.toshiba satellite radius 12- desgin 1The Radius 12 looks every bit as sleek and professional as its premium price tag would suggest.The overall build quality is excellent. The Radius 12 feels really sturdy, without any noticeable flex in the lid or keyboard deck.The system is the smallest laptop we’ve seen with a 4K screen.The Toshiba features capable connectivity. On its right side are the light-up power button, a full-size SD card slot, a volume rocker and button to summon Windows 10’s Cortana assistant when in tablet mode, and a USB 3.0 port.On the left are another USB 3.0 port, a 4K-capable HDMI port, audio and power jacks, and a USB 3.1 port with the small, reversible Type C connector—and full 10Gbps USB 3.1 throughput, not the 5Gbps USB 3.0 speed of so-called USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. There’s also Bluetooth and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.toshiba satellite radius 12- desgin 2

 

Display

The Radius 12’s 4K display is stunning. In fact, it’s one of the prettiest laptop screens I’ve seen.The 12.5-inch screen has a 3840 x 2160 resolution, which can show 4K HD videos at native resolution, or four 1080p HD videos simultaneously, stacked and side by side. The screen uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) and Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (IGZO) technology to display bright colors and deep blacks.toshiba satellite radius 12- displayText looks really sharp on the Radius 12, and colors are vibrant, too.Everything on the screen just popped.Toshiba says its panel is capable of producing up to 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut, far higher than on a typical laptop.The Radius 12 also gets top marks for color accuracy.

 

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Radius’ keyboard delivers an underwhelming typing experience, and has a few quirks on top of that. The biggest issue is the relatively shallow key travel of about 1.35 millimeters, which is below the 1.5-mm laptop average.Unusual key placement might also throw off some touch typists.toshiba satellite radius 12- keyboard Specifically, the tilde key has been moved from its usual position to the left of the “1” key, and is now nestled awkwardly between the left Alt key and the spacebar.there’s the touchpad, which is actually designed pretty well. Cursor control is responsive, and I like the pad’s smooth finish, which my finger glided over easily.

 

Audio

Two downward-facing speakers on the Radius produced good, but not great, sound. Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” had a tinny, harsh quality with little bass. The sound improved a bit when I flipped the notebook into tablet mode; the music was able to reflect off the bottom of the Radius 12, which made everything sound more resonant.

 

Performance

A sixth-generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor with Intel HD Graphics 520 provides the power for the Satellite Radius 12. It received a good score of 2,487 points on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, which is significantly ahead of the Intel-Core-M-equipped Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro . The Satellite Radius 12 is pretty fast on day-to-day tasks, but not necessarily the fastest. It was a little distracting, particularly since the Yoga 3 Pro and other convertibles with Core M processors ran silently.toshiba satellite radius 12- performanceThe system has the chops and benchmark performance numbers to breeze through photo and video work on the brilliant 4K screen.the Satellite Radius 12 gets a boost from its latest-generation Intel integrated graphics. The Satellite Radius 12 also won on the 3DMark Cloud Gate (5,903 points) and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (376 points) tests. It’s capable of playing 3D games like Diablo III and League of Legends at Light- to Medium-quality settings.

 

Battery Life

The Radius 12’s screen may be nice to look at, but it also makes short work of the machine’s battery.The notebook ran for a meager 5 hours and 17 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That’s almost 3 hours less than the ultraportable laptop average of 8 hours and 2 minutes.short battery life is expected on laptops with 4K displays, which sap power at a much faster rate than lower-res screens.If you need a high-res notebook that can last through a long business flight, this isn’t it.

 

Conclusion

In some ways, the Satellite Radius 12 is an amazing achievement. It’s a lightweight, compact machine that you can almost forget you’re carrying in your briefcase or backpack. It’s got a screen that will knock your and Apple’s socks off, and the processing chops to go with it if you’re into video editing. Its USB 3.1 port will come in handy as an alternative to Thunderbolt when you’re plugging in external storage for those video projects.