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VIDEO: Interview with Justin White featuring Toshiba’s 2-in-1 Portege Z20t Featured

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Toshiba Australia’s Product Marketing Manager, Justin White, joins iTWire to show off Toshiba’s newest ’ultimate 2-in-1’ business tablet/notebook.

With Toshiba being well known for many firsts in the notebook industry over decades, and for creating laptops for both businesses and consumers, it’s always interesting to see what Toshiba has created next.

Its latest and greatest new laptop is really a 2-in-1 hybrid notebook/ultrabook, with a 12.5-inch screen, Intel Core M processor, mSATA-2 SSDs, full multitouch display with active digitiser stylus and up to 17 hours of battery life.

It’s super easy to switch between the 799 gram tablet screen which sturdily connects to a keyboard base, with the two together weighing 1.51 kilograms.

We covered the launch of the device in this article from last week, and have more specs there, but now we’ve had a chance to look at it and have a play.

While a fuller review is yet to come, suffice to say that this is a fantastic 2-in-1 tablet device that has the 5 usage modes you expect from any 2-in-1 device, alongside excellent battery life, more than enough screen push back-ability when it notebook mode, has speedy performance and a three-year warranty where most only offer one.

You can see my interview with Justin White here, embedded below, where we go over various specs, usage scenarios and plenty more!

Toshiba has also finally put up some information about the various Portege Z20t configurations at its website here

I also asked Toshiba about the tests it subjects its technologies too, and was pointed to a HALT testing video, with HALT short for ‘highly accelerated life testing’.

This video gives you a good idea of the kind of stress tests that Toshiba’s notebooks have to go through and pass before being unleashed unto and onto the public:

So … the quest to craft the best 2-in-1 hybrid/tablet/ultrabooks continue, with Toshiba’s Portege Z20t a very worthy competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and other hybrids on the market.

As noted in my earlier article on the Z20t - if only the tablets we have today were the kind of tablet Bill Gates had launched way back when the Windows XP Tablet PC was brand new.

Today’s tablets are precisely the kinds of tablets I’ve been wanting and waiting years for, but needed the iPad to come along to show the rest of the world how tablets should really be done.

Now all Toshiba and every other PC maker really needs is Windows 10 to really take the Windows tablet revolution to the next level.

Until then, if you’re a Windows user who wants the kind of ultra portability you get from a MacBook Air and a Surface Pro 3 but wants a device that is truly both tablet and traditional ultrabook at the same time … you’ll definitely want to see the Portege Z20t in person for yourself before making any final decisions.

There’s no doubt that it is an unquestionable contender for Toshiba’s ‘ultimate 2-in-1’ for business moniker, making it an excellent piece of 21st century electronica!


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