Toshiba Portégé Z20T – Not the sleekest but practical
Toshiba Portégé Z20T
The Toshiba Portégé Z20T looks like the combination of a sleek tablet and a keyboard deck. The display can easily be detached from the keyboard. It has a screen size of 12.5 inch. The laptop is built with a black graphite metallic shell which won’t smudge. The entire notebook has a weight of 1.5kg which is quite light and very portable. The base of the tablet is flat which makes it perfect to place on your lap when it is not attached to the keyboard. Taking the tablet of is relatively easy but to but it back requires perfect alignment. The tablet can also be connected in reverse display mode and can be flipped and bent to tablet mode. When connecting the tablet in reverse to use the tablet mode, the keyboard becomes simply a stand.
Portégé Z20T comes with a 12.5-inch screen and 1,920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen display, images are sharp and bright at almost any viewing angle. The brightness is above average at 288 nits and has a Delta E rating of 3.5 for color accuracy. When it comes to graphic, the Z20T Portégé has incorporated an Intel HD Graphics 5300 it’s great for light gaming and for sketching images but not for anything really graphically intense. The Portégé Z20T would handle games such as Warcraft well, but that about the only category of games it can manipulate.
The keyboard dock is quite svelte, made to be spill-resistant and include a pointing stick in the middle of the keys between G and H. The keys are well spaced between them and very responsive. The touchpad measures 4 x 2 inches. The notebook pointing stick allows navigation with accuracy with only minimum pressure. The Portégé Z20T has touchscreen features but an alternative can also be used, the touch sticks. Long-time users of Portégé and ThinkPad should be well familiar with it. The keyboard slot includes a standard Kensington security slot for physical security. If flipped, it prevents the tablet from being disconnected, or separated from the keyboard.
The speakers for the audio are quite loud and would resonate well inside a small room. Included is a DTS sound app which allows for customization of sound output providing as option bass boost, virtual surround sound, basic and advanced equalizers.
As a hybrid, the Portégé Z20T has a very good assortment of ports that can be found either on the keyboard or on the display. One the keyboard, can be found a USB 3.0. an Ethernet port, an HDMI, an RBG for video connections and a switch used for locking the display to the keyboard. The detachable screen is well equipped as a stand-alone tablet and includes headphone/mic jack, an SD slot, an HDMI port, a USB port and a volume and power control button. A 2-megapixel camera can be found on top of the display which captures clear enough images and can be used for chatting on social media etc.
Similar with Dell Venue 11 Pro, the Toshiba Portégé Z20T is run core i processor, the 1.2 GHz Intel Core -MY571 which is specifically made to power very small finless notebooks. It includes dual core, 4 MB of cache, and up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost. 8 GB of RAM and storage capacity of 128 GB SSD. This notebook can handle any task. A battery Elite x2 can last for about 17 hours and 41 minutes. That’s long enough for undertaking any type of activity on the go during the day or even to last during an international flight from Asia to the American continent.
The operating system of the Z20T windows 7. A stylus facilitate navigation for small operations such as closing, minimizing browser. Toshiba has kept at the basics with regards to pre-installed apps. It features utilities for driver’s maintenance and monitoring the health of the laptop. Also incorporated is a one-month free trial of Microsoft 365 for new users. Toshiba provide its own cloud-base MDM service. Which is for the asset and patch management of all window based devices.
Included is a stylus powered by Wacom that resembles a standard pen and has two click buttons. It makes writing notes and surfing the web hassle-free. When the stylus is half of an inch away from the laptop screen, a small cursor would appear which facilitate highlighting various tabs or individual keys. The sensitivity and the type of mouse action that corresponds to the stylus tap can be customized allowing easy scrolls up or down a page etc. customization can also be done for firmness, eraser and art programs. Unfortunately, Toshiba has made no provision to incorporate a pocket or a place where the stylus can be placed to keep it safe. Instead, another mini stylus can be found at the bottom edge of the dock. It does not have all the functionalities of the stylus but can be useful if you happen to lose the stylus.
Pros & Cons
This laptop is not the sleekest but it is quite practical. The keyboard can be separated from the screen which than can be used as a tablet. In comparison to many other laptops of the same category, the screen provides very sharp images. One thing that’s great about this laptop is that it doesn’t have any fan, but stays surprisingly cool. Unfortunately, the hybrid device is well suited only for regular tasks such as word processing and web surfing. If you try to do tasks that are more demanding, some performance issued may arise.
The bottom line is that for a company such as Toshiba used to manufacture laptop for business professionals, the Z20 T does not provide the same quality of performance as many of its computer. The only thing that can be regarded as modern is the display. It includes everything to work as a standalone tablet and very good screen resolution. As a hybrid, it has two batteries incorporated, on the keypad and the display. One can start by using the keyboard battery first, then when depleted they will still be able to use the display as a tablet. If it wasn’t for the capacity, this would have been a fantastic laptop. Among the many hybrids found on the market, Toshiba like the others has not quite gotten the balance right between tablet and laptop and there are still rooms for improvement particularly with regards to the size and keyboard. Obviously there are a few issues that Toshiba needs to look at to obtain the perfect hybrid.
* Not the sleekest but it is quite practical.
* Can be used as a tablet.
* The screen provides very sharp images.
* Doesn’t have any fan, but stays surprisingly cool.
* Suited only for regular tasks such as word processing and web surfing.
* If you try to do tasks that are more demanding, some performance issued may arise.