Review: Toshiba Portégé X20W

Simple but powerful. Don’t be fooled by its modest design, Toshiba’s latest ultraportable offers serious specs every productivity fanatic will surely appreciate.

The Portégé X20W is a 2-in-1 convertible device that combines the convenience of a tablet with the capabilities of a fully-fledged laptop.

The device is designed with a 360-degree hinge, which enables you to configure the system into one of five distinct viewing modes – laptop, tablet, tabletop, presentation and audience. It has a matte black casing, which is quite demure and isn’t particularly attention-grabbing on first glance.

While many hybrid devices offer this kind of flexibility, I liked how the device efficiently and easily transition from one mode to another. The device is capable of automatically shifting settings for each mode and it also locks the keyboard when necessary to prevent any unintended input.

During the test drive, I found that the X20W’s 12.5-inch full HD display with 1920×1080 pixels was adequately bright and vibrant. It also has a matte finish, which minimises glare when outdoors and eliminates fingerprint smudges as well. What’s more, the Toshiba hybrid touchscreen used Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which can be used either with a finger or a stylus pen.

Audio is handled by Harman Kardon DTS technology but since it is a compact device, don’t expect it to yield powerful audio.

The device’s keyboard is smaller than most hybrids but the feedback is quite sharp with a decent travel depth. X20W’s touchpad, SecurePad, has a built-in fingerprint sensor located at the top-left of the active area. It can also be used along with Windows Hello, a TPM 2.0 chip and an infrared camera with dual microphone, which are ideal for having that extra layer of security. You can also expect audible and responsive click from the touchpad when using the left and right mouse buttons.

The Portégé X20W comes powered by 7th Generation Intel Core U-series processors from Core i5-7200U, i7-7500U to i7-7600U Kaby Lake. The SSD configuration ranges from 256GB to 512GB, and the RAM comes in either 8GB or 16GB onboard. It runs Windows 10 OS.

The device effortlessly met daily productivity needs with minimal to zero lag times when using more than one application simultaneously. Another noteworthy feature the device has is the Hybrid Air Cooling System, which keeps the X20W cool even during intense usage.

Portégé  X20W has a 44-watt-hour battery, which Toshiba flaunts to last up to 16 hours. However, I found that it only lasted up to about 8 hours of continuous usage over Wi-Fi, which is more than enough especially for those looking to use the laptop for work purposes.

Having said that, you can get Toshiba’s optional accessories such as the Thunderbolt 3 dock, which can give you additional connectivity ports.

In conclusion, the Portégé X20W packs quality performance under its unassuming exterior. If you’re looking for a compact and light device that you use to make compelling presentations on or work on all day long, then this convertible is for you.

Price starts at $1000.

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