Toshiba's Portégé Z10t is a hybrid tablet/laptop system that can be used as either a slate-mode tablet with a touchscreen or as an ultrabook laptop PC when docked into its keyboard cradle, offering greater flexibility than a tablet alone.
Announced last year and available to purchase now, the Portégé Z10t has a familiar look to it, we thought. Our first impressions were confirmed when Toshiba informed us that the tablet section of the system is available separately as the Toshiba WT310, a device we reviewed several months ago on V3.
This means that the tablet section of the Portégé Z10t pretty much forms the entire business end of the compound system, with the dock adding little more than a keyboard and a few extra ports. And unlike some other tablet docks, there is no extra battery in the keyboard section, so you're not gaining any further battery life for the extra weight it adds.
What you do get is the ability to use the Portégé as either a slate-mode device or as a Windows ultrabook with a fully functioning keyboard, which is what Toshiba classes the device as on its website. This enables you to make full use of existing Windows productivity applications, many of which need a keyboard and mouse to be effective.
Because the Portégé Z10t is based on the WT310, it shares the same advantages and disadvantages of the standalone tablet, including its relatively short battery life and lack of mobile broadband support – meaning that users need to rely on WiFi for connectivity.
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