TECHKNOW: Smart tools - Toshiba Portege

TECHKNOW: Smart tools - Toshiba Portege - What is it?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

What is it?

A desktop-cum-laptop PC with handwriting recognition.

What does it do?

Combining desktop power with the portability of a laptop and convenience of a PDA, this tablet PC is the tech industry's latest attempt to make a piece of kit that everyone can use, whatever they do and wherever they do it. The Portege 3500 is Toshiba's top-of-the-range tablet, with full-size keyboard, 1.33GHz Intel chip, Bluetooth and wi-fi wireless connectivity and a funky touch-sensitive screen that rotates through 180 degrees to turn it into a kind of electronic clipboard. Clever software lets you handwrite notes or sketch directly on the screen, for storage 'as is' or later conversion into text.

What's the competition?

Tablet PCs are available from HP, Acer and Fujitsu-Siemens, with all the other big hitters expected to follow suit soon. But the stylish and fully loaded Portege is the one to go for if you must have one today.

When can I get it?

It's available now, direct from Toshiba, for pounds 1,799 ex VAT.

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