Toshiba follows Microsoft with Windows 10 hybrid notebook

13 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Toshiba’s DynaPad is the latest Windows 10-powered Surface clone.

Toshiba described the DynaPad, which shares the same name as a device the firm released in 1993, as the thinnest Windows 10 tablet to date at 6.6mm, but this increases to 14.9mm when the Surface-style keyboard is attached.Toshiba has just announced a new Windows 10 convertible called the DynaPad, that shares more than a passing resemblance to the Microsoft Surface — but it’s lighter, thinner and likely a good bet for anyone who needs to use a stylus.

The Japanese company’s new DynaPad — a Windows 10 two-in-one officially announced today after a prototype appeared at IFA 2015 last month — joins a market flooded with tablet-sized touchscreen devices. To help facilitate the users with the various features of the machine, Toshiba also ships a suite of applications such as TruNote, TruCapture and TruNote Share with the dynaPad to serve as tools for collection, organization and sharing of images, documents and other files. But when it comes to the touchscreen, the real selling point is the bundled Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen, which offers 2,048 levels of pressure and works with Microsoft’s pre-installed Office and Edge software, along with Toshiba’s own, too.

But even though, like many of its peers, it looks a lot like Microsoft’s own Surface, with a thin design, keyboard dock, and 12-inch display, Toshiba says its new DynaPad has some of its own unique features. Although we’ve had tablets that transform into laptops for a while now, it seems that the category has really taken off in the last couple of weeks, with Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book leading the charge. Toshiba claims that the hardware replicates the feeling of writing on paper with a real pen — which is likely a bit of a stretch, but Wacom’s stylus is certainly one of the best there is. Without its keyboard, the tablet weighs 569 grams and measures 6.6 millimeters deep; with the keyboard, those figures increase to just 996 grams and 14.9 millimeters. Those notes are recorded on a 1920 x 1280 IPS display that’s been fitted with dual layers of anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint coating to stop you leaving dirty handprints as you write.

Following Microsoft, Dell unveiled its latest XPS line up last week, while HP showed off the Spectre X2, yet another Surface clone with a built-in kickstand and Skylake processors. µ The Toshiba dynaPad is now up for pre-order in Japan, but it won’t be until the first quarter of 2016 that the tablet will available in the United States and Europe. There’s no word yet on exactly how much it will cost when it does hit stores in the west, but Toshiba says that before tax, it’ll cost less than ¥130,000 (around $1,080) when it launches in Japan in December.

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