When Toshiba set out to make the Toshiba Excite 13, they intended to offer an alternative tablet experience. The Excite 13 is unwieldy and heavy on purpose, they said, and intended for use in just one spot.
In exchange for mobility, you get more screen real estate than any tablet in the world. And now Toshiba is testing the market to see if that’s what it’s customers really want: a tablet with the screen size of a laptop and the mobility of a laptop.
If the Toshiba Excite 13 is nothing else, it’s impressive. At 13.5 by 8.5 by .4 inches, it commands attention when it’s laying on your workspace in lieu of a PC.
It looks slim and important and a little futuristic. And although you can’t take it out and show it off, you can invite people over and manufacturer excuses to use your computer.
The screen looks great and delivers HD viewing at 1600 x 900 LCD. It’s not on par with the iPad 4, but it is much larger. You have more video viewing space, a great big onboard keyboard. And apps and text large enough to be seen by a person with limited vision impairment.
And it has enough power and programming to pull off most of the functions of a computer. And to run those functions, the Excite has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor that packs enough power to make it one of the fastest Android tablets on the market today.
To take advantage of that power, every Toshiba Excite 13 comes pre-installed with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Browsing is as fast as it is on a PC. And you have access to the 675,000+ apps at Google Play.
There you can purchase Microsoft Office Suite and other utility apps, social media apps and game apps that take advantage of the extra screen space. Unless you have to do some serious design work or word processing, the Toshiba Excite 13 can function as your primary device for internet access via Wi-Fi (only).
The Toshiba Excite 13 also packs a lot of ports. Through them, you can hook up an external keyboard, your television any other USB devices and an SD card.
And you should be comfortable with using your tablet like a laptop because at 2.2lbs, the Toshiba Excite 13 is much too heavy to carry in your arms for any length of time. It’s also too heavy for a messenger bag and very nearly too large for your lap. So its really rather convenient that Toshiba says that it was designed for desktop use.
The Toshiba Excite 13 is currently available for $650. And if you’re looking for a high-tech psuedo laptop to make a big statement, then the Toshiba Excite 13 is right for you.
But if you’re looking for a portable, fast tablet you can do better for the price. Consider an unlocked tablet like the iPad 4 (9.7 inches) or the Galaxy 10 (10.05) inches. They have more power, better screens and a lot more portability.