Toshiba’s New Portege Ultrabook Gets Down to Business

6 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Toshiba Encore 2 Write Tablets.

Tablets and 2-in-1 hybrids are pretty popular right now, but Toshiba knows that while these form factors are convenient and portable, they aren’t always well-equipped for getting real work done. Pen-based computing died a cold hard death once consumers embraced touch, but following on the moderate success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, Toshiba seems to think there may really be an appetite for pens again. Taking this problem on, Toshiba has announced the new Portege Z20t Ultrabook, a detachable hybrid that combines laptop and tablet with enough oomph to get the job done, and a design that lets you do the job wherever you might need to go. The Toshiba Encore exists in both 10.1” and 8” and comes with a nice touch screen display which is backed by a Wacom digitizer capable of sensing 2048 levels of pressure.

The two Toshiba Encore 2 Write Tablets are just the sort—8″ and 10.1″ Windows 8.1 tablets that come with Wacom digitizer pens, so you can jot away furiously on your tablet and actually have something legible to go back and read at the end of the day. But Toshiba also knows that the desk is where most work gets done, and has unveiled the new Dynadock 4K, a desktop dock that supports a wide array of peripherals and offers full HD and 4K Ultra HD monitor support with only a single cable to plug in. A Surface Pro 3 stripped bare will still set you back $800 and the unit really doesn’t hit its stride until you spend at least a grand for it, with $1,300 needed to make it a true gem.

The Portege Z20t uses an Intel Core M processor to offer solid performance in a slim, fanless tablet, with a magnesium alloy chassis, a 12.5-inch tablet/display that features full HD resolution, an IPS panel for clear viewing, and a high-precision digitizer pen for taking notes. The detachable keyboard boasts two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA output, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a second battery, which extends the battery life up to 17.5 hours total. It also has an extra pen in case you lose one. “It feels good and has a lot of sensitivity,” said Cindy Zwerling, director of product and channel marketing in the business solutions division at Toshiba, in an interview. TruCapture lets you use the tablet’s built-in 8MP camera to snap images of the useless stuff your boss jots down on the whiteboard during a meeting and then automatically straightens the image, corrects the perspective, exposure and sharpens it for use in TruNote.

This compact desktop dock connects to any laptop—Toshiba or any other brands—via a single USB 3.0 connection, and offers a full collection of ports for connecting monitors, peripherals and Ethernet. After the capture, it will make things cleaner by straightening out the image using a keystone so that it looks like you took the photo from a perfect angle.

The software also lets you take a photo of a journal and it will scan the text through an optical character recognition (OCR) algorithm to give you useable text that can be copy/pasted. I would personally prefer the 10.2” for the overall comfort, but if you really need something small that can run Windows 8, then I would understand.

Even though 4TB USB 3.0 portable hard drives have been available for some time, those have used two 2TB drives in RAID or JBOD configurations to achieve that capacity. For laptop data pack rats, that means you should soon expect to see a significant increase in your ability to store all those pictures and Linux distros you’ve downloaded from the Internet.

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