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Toshiba Portégé Z10t review

Toshiba Portege z10t

Toshiba's Portégé Z10t successfully marries a Windows tablet with a keyboard dock to create a usable ultrabook. The system is let down chiefly by its relatively short battery life, and buyers will have to pay more for a model with Intel vPro support.


Decent screen, keyboard dock makes tablet suitable for productivity work


No mobile broadband, relatively short battery life, non-removable battery

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £899

Manufacturer: Toshiba

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.

Toshiba Portege z10t

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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Model: Portégé Z10t-A-106
Display: 11.6in, 1920x1080 Toshiba TruBrite touchscreen with hardened IOX Glass
Processor: Intel dual-core 1.5GHz Core i5-3339Y
Storage: 128GB SSD
Wireless connections: 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth
Ports: USB 3.0, micro HDMI, SD card, headset jack, docking connector (dock: Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, USB 2.0)
Camera: 3.1MP rear camera, 1MP front-facing
Dimensions: 29.9x22x2cm
Battery: Six-cell 21Wh lithium-ion
Weight: 1.45kg (docked) 825g (tablet only)

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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