Hands on: Toshiba's new super widescreen ultrabook

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

Chalk this one up on the interesting board: Toshiba has just announced an ultrabook with a 21:9 aspect ratio, known in the film world as CinemaScope.

The 14.4-inch widescreen has a resolution of 1792x768, which can contribute to a little extra productivity — like having multiple monitors without the seams. It does make the device a little weighty, though, at 1.7kg.

Toshiba has also extended the Aero Snap function to respect aspect ratio when resizing Windows Media Player, so your 16:9 content will scale appropriately, allowing you to use the rest of the screen for the web.

We were shown iD Software's Rage on the laptop, which struggled due to the Intel HD 4000 graphics, but gave a significantly better field of view that felt closer to real vision.

Other specs include Intel's Core i5 3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hybrid hard-disk drive, three USB 3.0 ports and Harman Kardon speakers, which were rather impressive for the size of the laptop.

The Toshiba Satellite U840W will be available in mid-June for AU$1499.




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