Toshiba Portégé Z10t Ultrabook
Portable & Convenient
With the trend of mobile computing at an all time high, users are relying on smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks to get their work done in a timely manner. Toshiba’s Portégé series has always been known for its portability and performance, making them one of the major contenders in the market. This month we test out Toshiba’s latest product, the Portégé Z10t, an Ultrabook/tablet hybrid.
The Z10t is a versatile device that can be used as a notebook or detached to become a tablet. Unlike similar models available in the market, the Z10t is significantly lighter, weighing only 1.4kg even with the keyboard attached. The Z10t has consolidated the majority of its connectivity ports to its main tablet body as the keyboard attachment is extremely slim. In terms of design, we like the textured cover of the Z10t, which has a rugged and professional feel, though we felt the texture could have been used to also cover the more exposed bottom of the keyboard.
While using the Z10t, we found the 11.6” LED display a little small but still highly convenient thanks to its responsive touchscreen. Despite the small and thin size of the keyboard, typing on it felt natural and its backlit lights help when typing in darker environments. Our only quibble was the keyboard’s small touchpad, though the AccuPoint provides users with more accurate controls. Even when detached from the keyboard, the Z10t is still highly useful as you can surf the web easily and even display your presentation on bigger screens via the HDMI connectivity port.
Our review unit came with an Intel i5-3339Y processor and 4GB of memory. To test the performance of the Z10ts, we used our suite of synthetic benchmarks. To gauge the overall capabilities of the device we used PCMark8, PCMark7 and PCMark Vantage to record the Ultrabook’s performance. With PCMark8’s Work and Creative tests, the unit managed to give us scores of 2,469 and 1,207 marks, respectively. On the other hand, the Z10t’s PCMark7 and PCMark Vantage results were 2,822 and 9,259 marks, respectively. The scores essentially tell us that the Z10ts is understandably not the most powerful machine in the market. However, it has more than enough power to handle productivity software and other common computing tasks.
We had to replace our usual 3DMark Fire Strike test with the less demanding Ice Storm test to match the unit’s integrated graphics capabilities. The Ice Storm test which is suitable for entry level PCs managed to give us a reasonably good score of 15,612 points. Following that, we tested the Z10t’s battery life and managed to record 3 hours and 47 minutes from the PowerMark test, which is reasonably long.
The Toshiba Portégé Z10t is a highly adaptable machine for individuals that are looking to balance between power and performance. Thanks to its intuitive design, we believe that this device is great for users that constantly need to work on-the-go.
The keyboard allows users to easily type in the dark thanks to its backlit feature