Toshiba delivers Portege Z10t Ultrabook laptop with detachable tablet mode

Toshiba delivers Portege Z10t Ultrabook laptop with detachable tablet mode

Summary: The 11.6-inch convertible notebook runs Windows 8 Pro, but starts at $1,499.

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While Windows 8 has been available for several months now, Toshiba has just released its first business laptop using the new(ish) operating system in the form of the Portege Z10t, an Ultrabook that features a detachable display to provide tablet functionality.

The Z10t joins a bevy of Windows 8 convertible devices like the Dell XPS 12 and Lenovo Yoga 11S and ThinkPad Helix that hope to marry the productivity of a laptop with the media-consumption convenience of a tablet. It's built around a 11.6-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen display with Corning Concore Glass, and a digitizer pen for easier inputting comes standard. Its innards include an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive.

The screen attaches to a locking hinge that's combined with a LED-backlit, spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad for Windows 8's gestures support. The total package is a mere 0.49 inches thick and weighs just 1.91 pounds. Though it ships with Windows 8 Pro, Toshiba points out that it will also support Windows 7 in both its 32- and 64-bit varieties. Other business-friendly features are Active Management Technology (AMT) and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support.

The impressive package doesn't come cheap, however. The starting configuration with 128GB SSD will run $1,499 when it becomes available soon. While the company's press release says the Protege Z10t should be ready to order on Toshiba's web site, it does not appear available yet. Will it be worth the wait at that price?

Topics: Laptops, Mobility, Windows 8

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  • like the thinness and weight but really whos going

    to buy a non haswell ultrabook at this point? Get your head in the game Toshiba.
    Johnny Vegas
    • I was thinking along the same lines. However another possibility exists.

      This particular model "could" have already been introduced several months prior to this in Toshiba's home Japanese market.

      Perhaps Toshiba's management decided to dump unloaded product into the North American market in order to get ready for those new Haswell powered products. (I suspect that those will be introduced to the Japanese home market customers before they are released into North Am market channels.

      Just a thought.

      Actually, MS - as Mary Jo pointed out recently - is having a Surface Tablet fire-sale prior to Haswell and new Atom powered products are released. I'm surprised MS didn't dump those products into markets that have not had any Surface Tablet retail centers yet.
      kenosha77a
  • like the thinness and weight but really whos going

    to buy a non haswell ultrabook at this point? Get your head in the game Toshiba.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Ouch. That's one expensive piece

    of kit.
    baggins_z
  • Toshiba missed the mark.

    The lack of a battery in the dock pretty kills it for me.

    It seems like the only two "non-compromised" devices left are the Surface Pro, the ThinkPad Helix, and the Duo 11.
    ForeverCookie
    • yeah

      Yeah, a battery in the keyboard dock is petty much a requirement for me on any hybrid laptop.
      dsf3g
  • Toshiba delivers Portege Z10t Ultrabook laptop with detachable tablet mode

    B.F.D.

    The 11.6-inch convertible notebook runs Windows 8 Pro, but starts at $1,499.

    That must be a joke ....starting at $1,499.00.....its only for the ULTRA rich in my book

    What a Joke
    Over and Out
    • It's a business machine.

      Enterprise-grade products are always expensive, owing to their top-of-the-line build quality and durability.

      It's only a joke to YOU because YOU are very "basic" consumer.

      Those who want quality however, will aim towards this specific market.

      To them, it's worth paying the high price in order to get a machine that will last 7-8 years with little to no issues.
      ForeverCookie
      • ForeverCookie....128GB SSD will run $1,499 = rip off any way you look

        at it. Cookie you have no clue to what my background in the business world.is What does show here is very a amateurish attempt to be little someone indicates just how small a thinker you really are.
        Over and Out
        • ...

          "is What does show here is very a amateurish attempt to be little someone indicates just how small a think you really are."

          This is coming from a person who can barely piece together words, let alone a proper sentence.

          Seriously though, are you calling me a midget or something?

          I still can't tell whether you were insulting me or not.
          ForeverCookie
      • It's ironic that business machines

        cost an arm and a leg when businesses are struggling to get money for upgrading obsolete hardware that still runs Windows XP.

        To add insult to injury, their "durability" means that the users who buy these expensive machines now will be stuck with battery inefficient Ivy Bridge for the next few years.
        Earthling2
  • is it just me

    Or that machine looks very top heavy? It looks like it would fall on its back any time.
    Samic
    • Your observation might explain the large docking keyboard hinge clip shown

      The keyboard probably weighs far less than the tablet. I won't say it's top heavy but, unlike a conventional laptop where the weight is concentrated in the keyboard base area for a low center of gravity, this tablet hybrid positions the weight away from the keyboard base and into the tablet section.

      There are valid reasons why the laptop has evolved into the preferred clamshell design used today. Ergonomically speaking, a hybrid design is inferior to a laptop design when the keyboard is attached to the tablet section.
      kenosha77a
    • yea

      Yea the Envy X2 tablet portion which weighs what an ipad does, is super thin and fanless is still a little top heavy with a battery in the keyboard.
      LarsDennert