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October 13, 2023

Toshiba Satellite Radius E45W-C4200X Laptop Review

Toshiba Satellite Radius E45W-C4200X is a fully convertible laptop that bends nearly 360 degrees into a tablet and works like a typical consumer 2-in-1. It's powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and costs only $500 from retailers such as Best Buy, which makes it cheaper than most rivals that charge a "multi-touch tax."

The 14-inch TruBrite screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 10-point multi touch support. It's not the sharpest or brightest in this class, but it's more than enough for working on a spreadsheet or editing photos or video and it does well in off-axis viewing positions like a tent or audience mode where the screen faces outwards.

It's not a great choice for showing off presentations to more than two or three people at a time, though. That's because the display is heavily reflective, making it difficult to see from a wide range of angles. It's also not an IPS panel, so color accuracy is slightly below average.

Despite these shortcomings, the Radius is better than most smaller 2-in-1s, especially when you consider its price tag. It also meets or exceeds expectations elsewhere, including its processing speed, screen quality and battery life.

The keyboard is a little weird, with keys that aren't as large as those in most notebooks and much wider than they are tall. This design leads to odd typing ergonomics, as you often hit just the corner of a key when trying to press it. It's a minor annoyance that isn't as serious as some other problems with this device, however.