Toshiba’s Easyguard Protects its Professional Hybrid

Toshiba’s new professional laptop, the Portege Z20T, is a Core-M unit that takes aim at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Dell’s Venue 11 Pro 7000.

As a convertible model, the Z20T’s 12.5″ display can be detached and used as a tablet. In this mode it features micro-HDMI, micro-USB and micro-SD inputs. Docking will add HDMI, RGB and USB 3.0 (x2) terminals and double the battery life, to 16 hours.

Several features are included to appeal to business users. Toshiba’s Easyguard suite protects data and the hardware itself, with hard drive cushioning. The laptop has been drop-tested from a height of 0.7m. IT managers can also manage the device remotely with Intel’s Active Management Technology and Windows Management Instrumentation.

The Z20T features an IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Brightness is 350 cd/m², with control offered through 10-point touch or a digitiser pen. Windows 8.1 Pro runs on the Core M processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD (users can choose different sizes if desired). Intel HD Graphics 5300 are integrated.

Toshiba will launch the Z20T in Europe in Q1’15, but had no pricing information to share.