Toshiba’s Portégé X20W convertible notebook turns heads

Device manufacturers seem convinced that consumers want their gadgets thin and light above all else. Toshiba's new 2-in-1 convertible PC, the Portégé X20W, definitely follows this trend. Judging from Microsoft's announcement of the device barely ahead CES, however, this might be a Windows 10 Pro device that offers portability with very little compromise.

The Portégé X20W has a 360° dual-action hinge that lets the device switch conveniently from notebook to tablet mode. As it's only 15.4-mm thick and weighs less than 2.5 lbs, the Portégé X20W should be portable enough to be used as a tablet, but still capable of doing the kind of work that's expected of a notebook. The 12.5" touchscreen display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Toshiba hasn't indicated the display's panel type, but does make bold claims about its wide viewing angles, so we'd wager it's definitely not a TN model.

So what kind of hardware comes packaged inside this durable magnesium chassis? Toshiba powers the Portégé X20W with a 7th generation Intel Core processor. The company claims that the machine's slim battery can keep the juice flowing for almost 16 hours—easily long enough for a busy workday or two. For storage purposes, Toshiba added an unidentified SSD.

The Portégé X20W isn't lacking in the connectivity department, with an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, a USB-Type-C port, a USB 3.0 connector, and a headphone jack. The USB Type-C port is Thunderbolt-enabled and can deliver power and serve as a display connector. The Portégé X20W is also compatible with Toshiba's WiGig dock and a Thunderbolt 3 Dock which Toshiba says will be available in the next few months.

Other goodies include Harman Kardon stereo speakers, an included fine-tip TruPen, and multi-directional microphones for chatting with Cortana. We don't know the pricing or availability yet, but we do know that the Portégé X20W will be in the Microsoft store.

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    • caconym
    • 3 years ago

    I started buying Toshiba tablets in 2004, but moved to a Thinkpad Yoga a few years ago. I haven’t been that impressed with the long-term durability of the Lenovo though. The locking keyboard is nice in theory, but it adds a ton of mechanical complexity that’s just begging to fail at any time. If it dies soon (I mean, I hope it doesn’t), this looks like it’d be a solid replacement as a portable art machine.

    I do wonder what their build quality is like these days though. Portege is supposed to be their high-end line. My old M400 (C2D, circa 2006) is still being used by my dad.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    The one thing I’m hoping for in laptops of 2017 is a full-size HDMI port.

    Ain’t nobody got time for dongles!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Rather a DisplayPort, myself. Mini is just fine.

    • Goty
    • 3 years ago

    I’m sure this device does turn heads. Away.

    Seriously, ask someone to sketch up a generic convertible notebook and you’d get exactly the images posted above.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      That’s not exactly a bad thing.

      I think the devil will be in the details – keyboard and screen quality, digitizer, build quality, batter life, cooling/performance/heat/noise etc.

      Just like every other category in the windows laptop space.

        • Goty
        • 3 years ago

        There were a few decent Portege models about five years ago or so, but most Toshiba portables I’ve seen since have looked like bargain basement devices.

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