There are notebooks you use for gaming, and notebooks you pick for work. Each one of them can play a video, but if you’re looking for a notebook that’s specifically designed for HD movies, Toshiba just introduced one. Called the Satellite U840W, Toshiba’s latest ultrabook sets itself apart with a 14.4-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio – an ultrawide cinematic display with a 1792 x 768 resolution that allows you to watch HD movies in full, without the black bars.
The ultra-wide screen isn’t just for movies though. The extra screen real estate also makes multitasking easier, giving you the extended space for multiple windows. The U840W features a split screen utility that lets users view 16:9 windows in full, while leaving enough space for another 5:9 window. To complete the movies-on-the-go experience, the ultrabook also features Harman/Kardon speakers and SRS Premium Sound 3D for premium audio.
The Satellite U840W runs on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, with memory options that top out at 10GB of DDR3 RAM. A 32GB SSD allows for quick start-up times, while a 500GB hard drive takes care of mass storage duties. Other features include an LED-backlit keyboard, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-fi connectivity, an HD webcam, and a case built with machined aluminum that tips the scales at 1.57kg.
Release dates haven’t been announced, but the U840W will cost £899 in the UK, and will start at $999 in the US.