When it comes to ultrabooks, the Toshiba is one of the most experienced companies in the sector. Four years ago, when the concept of Ultrabook has been placed on the market, Toshiba was among the first to comply with standards "imposed" by Intel at the time. Toshiba Portégé Z20t is another success of the company in this direction, a very good 2 in 1, even if it comes with a price a little spicy.
We've tested the Toshiba Portégé Z20t, which is recommended as a 2 in 1 device designed specifically for the business environment, a powerful ultrabook and a tablet with stylus, with an impressive autonomy. If you are one of those people who are always on the road and want a complete laptop, with office keyboard and a great tablet, this Toshiba could be a good option.
Introduction - Toshiba Portégé Z20t
With an extra battery life lasting up to 16 hours, it's a good alternative for those who want such a device, but perhaps not the most convenient in terms of price. Portégé Z20t has a 12.5 inch IPS touchscreen display Full HD with wide viewing angles, where many users want to see content on the screen. Also, the keyboard is illuminated, splashproof, for use in dimly lit environments. It also has integrated Accupoint that offers an alternative to the large ClickPad for increased accuracy. It weighs about 800 grams and has a thickness of just 8.8 mm in tablet mode and about one kilogram and a half in laptop mode.
Its Core M processor is part of a series developed by Intel for mobility, not necessarily for performance. It is a good processor, over and above models Atom ULV (ultra-low voltage), but the performance is below the Core I models, from the latest generation. It is a 1.2 GHz dual-core to who can climb 2,9Ghz when needed. It also has technologies like Hyper-Threading to increase the performance, has 4MB cache, works on 64-bit and supports 16GB of RAM. Storage is a 256 GB SSD. For the business environment it is more than enough, but for those who need to perform more complex operations, might be slow. Of course there are advantages such as that does not heat up and does not consume so much energy like competitors with Core i.
Portégé Z20t offers extensive options for connecting all peripherals that you might need, regardless of how it is used. In tablet mode, micro HDMI port is included, a micro USB port and a microSD slot for connection to additional screens and fast data transfer. With the attached keyboard, you have a choice of full-size ports including RGB, HDMI, 2 x GBit LAN and USB 3.0. Portégé Z20t also enables stable Internet connection with the optional 3G / 4G and quickly Wi-Fi access.
It also has two cameras. The front one has two megapixels and five megapixel the main one.
Pro Points - Toshiba Portégé Z20t
Of all the technologies, autonomy is the main pro, with about 16 hours as tested with the keyboard attached and eight hours for the tablet. The Toshiba took advantage of the Intel Core M to the maximum so that autonomy to achieve amazing performance. When Z20t keyboard is attached, the central processing unit recognizes the extra energy, provided by the second battery, so it takes more than would do normally.
Wacom stylus, the size of a normal pen has two buttons to click, the cursor appears when you hold it at about two centimeters away from the screen and is great for tactile affairs. Whether you write or draw, it feels like you would on a paper, which could be a pleasant experience for most classics. Also in Pen and Touch menu you can adjust the sensitivity of the stylus and the types of actions that correspond to taps. You can activate Flicks, which allows you to scroll Web pages or navigate forward and backward in browser history.
Against Points - Toshiba Portégé Z20t
Although Portege Z20t is good both as a laptop and a tablet, the price is a little exaggerated, of about $1600. Considering that comes with the Core M, which greatly reduces the performance, although enough for anyone who needs basic functions similar alternatives can be found at lower prices. One of them is ASUS Transformer T300 Chi, whose price starts at $1200. In addition, although looks good, Portege Z20t does not have the elegance of his rival.
Performance falls to against points only compared with the negligible price. Portégé Z20t is a quick tablet, but for multitasking, editing videos or other things you could do with an ultrabook with i5 or i7 Intel Core processor, might not be the best choice. However, for watching movies, browsing (Firefox or Opera preferable, because Google Chrome does not mix well with Core M), emails or other core business activities is more than enough.
Conclusion - Toshiba Portégé Z20t
Toshiba Portege Z20t is a good hybrid, with a good design, light enough that you can carry it for hours. The decision to include an Intel Core M reduce performance, but ensures long battery life, so convertibility is excellent for those who want to have the luxury to forget the charger at home and is effective for business activities. Because of autonomy, Toshiba Portege Z20t can be the perfect answer to the question "what would you bring on a desert island" - with so many hours, you can relax and stay with it until someone comes to rescue you.