But Toshiba did eventually get around to creating a hybrid tablet/Ultrabook, and today we can finally see it on sale – although not the most attractive piece of tech, the Portege Z10t does have a lot to offer to professionals and consumers alike.
The tablet itself has a pretty standard, if a bit bland, design. However, when paired with the dock, the thing looks downright hideous. It’s like Toshiba just said “Oh well, it’s for business users, they don’t care” and saved the money by letting their engineers design the whole thing. They did get one thing right, though – the sturdiness of the dock clamp looks pretty uncompromising, unlike most of the competing detachables, and the Z10t will need that because the tablet itself is quite heavy (and heavier than the dock, as well).
The tablet however, is great if you look at it as a business device meant for work. The Full HD IPS display has a matte finish – a first on tablets as far as I know, which is a welcome feature for anyone who wants to use the device while moving or simply outdoors – it is actually possible to do it without cranking the brightness to 100%.
Hardware features and performance
The hardware is on par with the competition – the Portege Z10t comes with a dual core Intel Core i5 or i7 ULV processor (Ivy Bridge, with the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics adapter), 4 GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of onboard storage space (which can be extended using SDXC or high speed UHS-1 SD cards), Wifi N, Bluetooth 4.0, an optional 4G LTE or 3G modem (depending on the market), the usual slew of sensors and two cameras (5.0 Megapixels on the back and 1.3 Megapixels on the front). A unique feature is the integrated TPM module, which is of course aimed at corporate users.
|Specifications||Toshiba Portege Z10t|
|Display||11.6 inches, 1920×1080 pixels, IPS LCD, 190 PPI pixel density, matte finish|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor with vPro, dual core|
|Graphics Adapter||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Storage Space||64/128 GB onboard storage space, SD card slot|
|Camera(s)||Back – 5.0 MP with support for 1080p video recording; Front – 1.3 Megapixels with support for 720p video recording|
|Connectivity Options||Wifi N, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA out, TPM, HSPA+ or 4G LTE (via optional modem)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, light, gyroscope, magnetometer sensors|
|Battery||Up to 7 hours of use|
|Dimensions and weight||299 x 221 x 20 mm, 1.2 kg|
|Operating System and Software||Windows 8 Professional|
The Toshiba Portege Z10t runs Windows 8 Professional, with very few additions from the manufacturer – I guess it should come as no surprise on a business device, but it’s still pleasant. You can install any legacy Windows programs, as well as the new Metro UI apps – all of which should run very well with the Core i processors. Even older PC games can be run relatively comfortably, as well.
Price and Availability
The Toshiba Portege Z10t has already started launching (it can already be ordered in the US, and Europe since June), and the base price is $1499 – a steep price for such a device, that’s for sure. Toshiba seems to think it’s worth it and seeing as it’s aimed at professionals and corporate users and offers a few unique points that the competition doesn’t have, it may claim some sales.