World’s first 21:9 Ultrabook shows off more Windows 8 tiles


Now it’s Toshiba’s turn to introduce Windows 8 hardware and there’s one that stands out. The Satellite U840W is features a 14.4” cinematic display is the world’s first Ultrabook with a 21:9 display. The ultra-thin, ultra-light Ultrabook now features a two-tone aluminium chassis, textured palm rest, multiple USB3.0 ports and a much welcome larger click pad.

In-built Harman Kardon speakers further enrich the notebook experience with high quality stereo sound, while Toshiba’s new Hi-Speed Start delivers fast-start responsiveness as well as extended battery life. Check out the full list of specs below.

Key specifications:

  • 14.4” screen, 21:9 aspect ratio (1792×768 screen resolution)
  • Intel®Core™ i5 processor
  • Windows 8
  • 2.5 SATA 500GBHybrid HDD
  • 6GB Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000
  • 1.7kg
  • Intel® WiDi connectivity, Toshiba Bluetooth™ V4.0
  • 3x USB 3.0
  • HDMI port, SD slot, HD Webcam

We’ve seen some 21:9 HDTV’s and now this is coming to laptops. With Windows 8, this aspect ration means you’ll see more tiles on your home screen, but wether it makes for a good experience overall remains unknown. We’ll try and get hands-on soon with a review unit and let you know.

A strange omission from the spec list is the word ‘touchscreen’. As more Windows 8 hardware is delivered, touchscreen is almost a standard, even Toshiba offer it on other models. It looks like users will have to make do with that large trackpad to navigate the new OS.

The Toshiba Satellite U840W has an RRP of $1,399 (incl. GST) and is available now.

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