As laptop screen resolutions increase both horizontally and vertically, so too do the price tags. Toshiba is trying something novel with its U845W Ultrabook, though – it’s just adding horizontal pixels.
The result is an ultra-widescreen 14.4-inch laptop with a 1792×768-resolution display. Toshiba touts the U845W’s ability to watch movies at a 21:9 aspect ratio — as they’re meant to be seen – but the extra screen real estate can be put to good use for productivity as well.
The height of the screen is pretty close to that of an 11-inch ultrabook, which is totally workable, so the added horizontal workspace is just extra room for apps, like a chat client or a music player. Using it that way actually feels pretty natural; there’s enough space to view a website at full width while still accessing an app on the side.
Toshiba will be selling the U845W in mid-July, with pricing starting at around $1,000.
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