An unspectacular hybrid laptop that will dutifully carry out common tasks, but that Core M processor can't be pushed.
Solid battery life, matte touchscreen offers good visibility, pleasing keyboard
Limited by Core M processor, screen only Full HD, iffy design, costly
Performance and hardware
In an attempt to be all things to everyone, the Portege Z20t-c can't be thin, light and boast blazing performance all at once.
This is confirmed by the presence of the Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1.2GHz (3.1GHz Turbo). The Intel Core M chip lacks speed and power compared with the meatier Core i series especially in terms of multitasking, which is something of a nonsensical move for a laptop aimed at enterprise users.
The Portege Z20t-c coped ably while web browsing and working with documents or spreadsheets, but anything more (like video editing or other processor-heavy applications) is likely to bring it to its knees.
The Portege Z20t-c scored 2,264 in the PCMark 8 Home test. Microsoft's 'ultimate laptop' managed 2,833 and, while the difference may only number in the hundreds, the jump is considerable. The Dell XPS 14 Series scored an even bigger 3,300+.
When it came to putting those Intel HD Graphics 515 through their paces, the 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark returned a score of 1,966. Put that against the Surface Book's 6,144 and it becomes clear that the Portege is purely a business-only machine.
Our demo model came with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.
We found the touchpad needlessly sticky, and sometimes struggled to rouse the cursor and make it travel even a short distance. But it glided around the screen with an impressive level of precision when it behaved normally.
The keyboard fared much better. There was a pleasing bounce to the keys and the ergonomics meant typing for long periods remained comfortable. This may not be a laptop for those with larger hands, however, owing to the smallish keys.
In laptop mode (and on the front) you'll find a Full HD camera with Ambient Light Sensor and a stereo microphone. The tablet has a rear 5MP Full HD camera with auto focus.