updated 07:47 am EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
Toshiba intros first notebook with 21:9 display
Toshiba has taken the covers off its latest ultrabook, the U840W. The notebook distinguishes itself with a super widescreen 14.4-inch display that uses a unique 21:9 (7:3) ratio with a 1792x768 resolution. Toshiba says that the ratio matches the anamorphic image format used in many widescreen films meaning that it can display these without any black bars above or below the images.
The 21:9 ratio display used in the U8410W also allows users to view multiple windows side-by-side without requiring them to be overlapped. Toshiba's split screen utility lets users view content in the standard 16:9 screen ratio, leaving space for an additional 5:9 window. Stereo sound is provided by harman/kardon, complementing the movie viewing experience.
The new ultrabook is made with a brushed metal finish with a woven pattern designed to make it easier to grip. It also uses an oversize trackpad and incorporates keyboard backlighting for use in low light situations. Connectivity is provided by three USB 3.0 ports, while it uses a 32GB SSD for booting the OS that is partnered by a 500GB hard drive for storage.
Toshiba also jointly announced the launch of its U840 ultrabook, which uses a more traditional 14-inch display. Both ultrabooks ship with Intel Ivy Bridge processors, which can be paired with up to 8GB of RAM. Battery life is 9 hours, while the notebooks weigh in at 3.5 pounds.
UK pricing starts at £899, with US pricing and specific availability yet to be announced.