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Toshiba’s Protégé Z10t hybrid

The Toshiba Protege Z10t

Toshiba’s latest entry in the hybrid laptop-tablet market is the 10-inch Protégé Z10t that’s powered by either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor.

The Z10t is available in four trims in Canada:

  • Z10t-A001 – with Core i5-3439Y vPro; 128 GB SSD,Windows 8 Pro, mSATA solid state drive and onboard memory of 4GB DDR3 for $1,449.99
  • Z10t-A-002-2 – with Core i5-4.00Y vPro, Windows 8.1 Pro, 128GB SSD, 4GB DDR3L, for $1,769.99
  • Z10t-A-002-1 – with Core i5 -4210Y, Windows 8.1 Pro, 128GB SSD, 4GB DDR3L, for $1,619.99
  • Z10t-A-003-2 – with Core i7-4610Y vPro, Windows 8.1 Pro, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR3L, for $2,149.99
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The device weighs just over three pounds and comes with a USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI and an SD card reader, located in the 11.6-inch display. This means that even if you detach the display from the keyboard, the device remains a fully-featured tablet.

The Corning Concore Glass display comes with a matte finish that doesn’t reflect every object in front of it. The display has relatively low 19+20×1080 pixel resolution, which although ok for an ultrabook is way below that of the iPad’s 2048×1536 Retina display or Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 2 Pro with 3800×1200 resolution.

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However, according to PCWorld.com reviewer Michael Brown, the top-shelf Z10t model gets a leg up of its competitors with its Wacom digitizer, which recognizes 1024 levels of pressure and also comes with an eraser feature. The display also has a pen holder for a stylus pen.

The display is housed in a resin material that has a textured finish that provides additional grip. A hard button on the lets users toggle between desktop mode and Windows Start screen.

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Unlike other hybrid devices, the Z10t does not have a second battery in its keyboard. However, like the display, the keyboard has a power socket. The keyboard has a small touchpad as well as a blue pointer stick.

Read more on how the Z10t compares, performance-wise to other hybrid laptop-tablet devices