Toshiba Satellite U925t Review (Part 3)

5/10/2013 3:37:59 PM

Software and warranty

Compared to some other PC manufacturers, Toshiba includes quite a bit of bloat ware, such as: Netflix, eBay, Amazon, Vimeo, Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Merriam-Webster dictionary, iHeartRadio, iCookbook, Origin (EA's game shop ), and a 30-day trial version of Norton Internet Security 2013. Toshiba also introduced a number of separate items, including Book Place, News Place and a support guide. At least the bloat ware in Windows 8 comes up as a pile of additional Live Tiles on the Start Menu; none of this is topsy-turvy on the desktop. A troublesome thing is that some of these programs are pinned to the Taskbar, but of course you can remove them if you want.

Like most consumer laptops, the U925t comes with a one-year warranty. The battery has a one- year warranty.

The configuration options and competitors

The U925t sold in one configuration on the Toshiba website: the same 1150 model we tested with Intel Core i5-3317U, 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. We are the fairly typical specs, in terms of Ultrabook, although some skilled users might complain that they were unable to configure it with a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

We have already referred to the most similar competitors of the U925t: the Dell XPS 12 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. Why did we choose them? Well, we were looking for the Ultrabooks that were able to be used as tablets - especially, the Ultrabooks with 12 or 13-inch screens. Anything larger meant that were some serious compromises on mobility. To keep things brief, we will not stop at the normal old touch screen laptops, since you are really unable to use them as tablets, even if you are tapping the screen with your finger. So, that leaves us with a fairly small group of computers, with the XPS 12 and the Yoga 13 that are the most prominent.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

If you can ignore the strange form factor of the XPS 12 (its screen flips inside the joint), it is really a stable small touchscreen Ultrabook. For $1,200 or more, it is as expensive as the U925t, and has the nearly same technical specifications, including 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and that Core i5-3317U processor. The big difference is the screen: the XPS 12 comes with 1080p IPS screen and yes, it sounds so cute. The XPS 12 provides nearly the same battery life as the U925t’s and has the equivalent weight. It can also be configured with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Its design and build qualities are also excellent, but there is a shortcoming: the lack of an SD reader card.

Dell XPS 12

Dell XPS 12

For the Yoga 13, we need to let you know that we are still testing it, and are not ready to make a decision in the review explicitly. Let’s make it clear; we are enjoying its comfortable keyboard and steady build quality. As you can see in the above performance table, its battery life is slightly better than the U925t’s, and is equal to the XPS 12. The performance on these three machines appears to be comparable. In terms of specs, it starts at $1,000 with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1600x900 screen. To have the same Core i5 CPU employed in the U925t and the XPS 12, you will have to pay $ 1,100, which still is not as expensive as the Toshiba model.


If Toshiba did the right thing with its first high-end Windows 8 computer, it is this: actually, there is the market for the PCs that can be used as tablets. It is convenient to tuck you Ultrabook’s keyboard away if necessary, and turn it into a tablet (a big, heavy tablet, but still a tablet). It is a good choice when you are both sitting on the sofa and watching TV at the same time: you can feel like taking a glance at your email or finding the actors on IMDB, but make sure you do not intend to use the keyboard. Not when you're acting like a loafer.

It is convenient to tuck you Ultrabook’s keyboard away if necessary, and turn it into a tablet.

It is convenient to tuck you Ultrabook’s keyboard away if necessary, and turn it into a tablet.

However, the more we used the Satellite U925t, the more we believed that Toshiba has bet on the wrong form factor. The screen erected encroaches on the available keyboard’s tray space, creating a compromised typing experience. The trackpad is also unnecessarily small, which might disturb those who are trying to complete their work on the desktop and cannot manage to enter data input with your finger. Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 12 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 have nearly the same prices and weight, except that they approach the tablet transformation in such a way so that you never lose the keyboard space.

There are also other problems with the U925t. Its battery life is shorter than two competitive models we have mentioned, and the build quality is not as strong as their rivals’. Furthermore, the XPS 12 comes with a 1080p screen, while the Yoga 13 has a 1,600x900 screen. The display is one of the few bright spots for the U925t, but it has a low resolution (1,366x768). While the viewing angles are good, they are not as good as what the other computers offer. We do not want to say that the U925t does not have the qualities in return for its shortcomings, but with a lot of other Windows 8 convertibles are available or will be arriving soon, we think that your money would be spent better elsewhere.


·         Product name: Toshiba Satellite U925t

·         Price: $1,150


·         The IPS screen offers good viewing angles

·         It can be used in the tablet mode


·         Sliding design means having the limited keyboard space.

·         The sound of fan is loud.

·         Battery Life is short.

·         Build quality is not great.


·         The U925t slider’s form factor creates compromised typing experience.

·         Meanwhile, the other Windows 8 convertibles offer the better screen, battery life, and build quality with the similar prices.

Toshiba Satellite U925t specifications

·         Laptop type: Ultraportable, Convertible tablet

·         Thickness: 0.7 inches

·         Weight: 3.35 pounds

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches

·         Touch technology: Yes (unspecified)

·         CPU brand: Intel

·         CPU family: Ivy Bridge

·         Graphics type: Integrated

·         Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000


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