Toshiba Portégé X20W-D evaluation: Premium ultraportable will get a rotating display screen

It has been slightly below a yr since I reviewed the Toshiba Portégé Z20t, a 2-in-1 hybrid ultrabook that ticked loads of packing containers for me — though there have been additionally some niggling annoyances. Within the body now could be Toshiba’s new 2017 flagship ultrabook, the Portégé X20W-D. The detachable display screen of the Z20t has been changed with a 360-degree rotating configuration, and Toshiba says this laptop computer is the thinnest and lightest enterprise 2-in-1 hybrid to make use of full-power Seventh-generation Intel Core processors.

Proper from the off it is clear that Toshiba has got down to impress with the Portégé X20W-D, which weighs simply 1.1kg and has general dimensions of 299mm by 219mm by 15.4mm. To make only one comparability, Dell’s flagship 360-degree pocket book, the brand new XPS 13, is available in at 1.2kg. At 304mm by 199mm by 13.7mm, Dell’s system is thinner and shorter, however wider, and its display screen measures 13.Three inches whereas Toshiba has gone for 12.5 inches.

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The 12.5-inch Portégé X20W-D weighs simply 1.1kg and is powered by Seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors.

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Fairly than get slowed down in detailed comparisons, the principle level is that Toshiba has provide you with an ultrabook that is small, mild and intensely transportable. It has the identical footprint as an A4 pad and can sit neatly in a bag or backpack.

The brushed-effect end on the lid, replicated contained in the shell, is elegant and remarkably proof against selecting up fingerprints. Toshiba says the laptop computer’s livery is ‘Onyx Blue’, though it seems to be black to me.

It’s possible you’ll effectively need to carry the Portégé X20W-D in a sleeve, although. Regardless of the powerful magnesium chassis there is a good bit of flex within the lid, and wrist relaxation can be considerably versatile.

Against this, the 360-degree hinge mechanism feels very strong, holding the display screen securely at no matter angle I selected throughout testing.

The backlit keyboard is essentially considerably squeezed into the chassis. Its keys are small however effectively spaced, which helps stop mishits. There’s comparatively little journey on the keys, that are extraordinarily mild contact typically. The general really feel will not work for everybody, and those that want extra suggestions won’t approve. Nonetheless, as a light-fingered contact typist I bought on nice.

The SecurePad touchpad has a surprisingly sticky really feel to its floor which I did not take to. The embedded management buttons labored completely effectively, although. There is a fingerprint sensor within the high left of the touchpad, and additional biometrics come courtesy of the IR digital camera above the display screen for face login.

The touchpad may be disabled with a FN key mixture, however it’s irritating that there is not any mild to point the pad is out of motion. As an alternative an alert sits backside left of the display screen till tapped, at which level it disappears, and it is as much as the person to recollect whether or not the touchpad is enabled or not.

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The 87-key keyboard is backlit, however some will discover that the keys are light-touch and lack journey.

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The display screen is contact responsive, and Toshiba gives its personal AES Stylus Pen for direct handwritten enter; when the display screen is getting used for pen-based enter, palm rejection comes into play. As already famous the display screen swivels by 360 levels to put flat and dealing with outermost, the place it is ideally suited to use with the Sketchpad app that got here with the Home windows 10 Anniversary Replace, together with different Home windows Ink enhancements similar to the power to jot down into Sticky Notes.

The pen is simply too massive to stay in a housing on the Portégé X20W-D, so it’ll have to be carried individually. Whereas common, it is a little bit of a ache. Extra regarding is that the display screen displays loads of downward flex when the pen is pressed into it. Just like the keyboard that is most likely higher suited to light-touch customers. I do surprise about its long-term robustness.

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The Portégé X20W-D comes with a stylus, however there is not any house for it on the machine itself.

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The keyboard will get disabled when the display screen is in pill mode, however it does not lock or retract. To be honest, only a few laptops lock out the keyboard for tablet-mode working, however it’s not clear whether or not the keys are solely secure from extra strain when the Portégé X20W-D is held on this mode. That is extra of a priority right here than with another laptops as a result of the very lightness of the Portégé X20W-D makes it a lot simpler to carry in pill mode for prolonged intervals.

The 12.5 inch display screen affords full-HD decision (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), which at 176ppi places it on the decrease finish of what is anticipated for a flagship enterprise laptop computer today. Nonetheless, it is clear sufficient to learn, and I discovered it nice to work with. High and backside bezels measure about 18mm and 28mm respectively, whereas the facet bezels are about 8mm. Whereas the bezels assist stop unintended display screen faucets when working in pill mode, additionally they beg the query of whether or not Toshiba might have included a bigger display screen. Bear in mind, Dell’s InfinityEdge design crams a 13.Three-inch display screen into the 360-degree-rotating XPS 13 in a chassis that is simply 5mm wider.

There are at the moment two configurations of the Portégé X20W-D out there. I used to be despatched the dearer mannequin for evaluation:

  • Intel Core i7-7500U, Home windows 10 Professional 64, 12.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, wi-fi ac/agn, Bluetooth four.2
    £1,599 (ex. VAT)
  • Intel Core i5-7200U, Home windows 10 Professional 64, 12.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, wi-fi ac/agn, Bluetooth four.2
    £1,399 (ex. VAT)

Each fashions function Toshiba’s new hybrid air cooling system. An inlet on the again attracts in air to chill parts and the chassis, whereas one other inlet on the underside gives air for cooling the CPU. This appears to work effectively — the laptop computer definitely at all times felt cool to the contact throughout testing.

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There is a USB-C/Thunderbolt Three port and a headphone jack on the left facet, plus power-in and USB Three.zero on the proper.

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Connectors are minimal — simply two USB ports and a Three.5mm audio jack. One of many USB ports is USB Three.zero port with sleep-and-charge, whereas the opposite is USB-C/Thunderbolt Three with information, DisplayPort and battery charging help. The important thing downside right here is that no USB-C peripherals may be hooked up whereas the Portégé X20W-D is being charged, except a pass-through answer is employed. In fact, Toshiba sells docks with a wider vary of connectors, in addition to offering for pass-through charging. Not less than Toshiba bundles a USB-C to HDMI adapter that does provide charging pass-through.

The bodily flexibility of this laptop computer probably makes it appropriate for shows. The Harman Kardon sound system delivers clear tones, however lacks quantity. It is most likely OK for presenting to smaller teams, although.

Toshiba says the Three-cell Li-polymer battery will final for as much as 14.5 hours (that is the spec sheet quote; the press release claims 16 hours). I can not say I skilled that, however all-day working is definitely on the playing cards. A typical three-hour work session involving writing, internet searching and a few streaming, throughout which the display screen was set to about two-thirds brightness, consumed simply over 40 p.c of the battery capability.

Toshiba’s Portégé X20W-D is a small, mild ultraportable with a 360-degree rotating hinge. Construct high quality just isn’t as strong because it might be, and a few might discover the keyboard a little bit too light-touch for consolation. The shortage of ports and connectors — and particularly the truth that the USB-C port is unavailable when the laptop computer is charging — can be a disadvantage. Nonetheless, the Core i5/i7-based Portégé X20W-D is light-weight, features a stylus, and may ship all-day battery life — if not the complete 14.5 hours (and even 16h) that Toshiba claims.

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