Finding the best Toshiba laptops isn’t a long and grueling process as seen with other manufacturers. This is partly due to Toshiba’s reorganization, as it exited the consumer laptop market in the United States during 2016 and then sold its personal PC business to Sharp in 2018. Now Toshiba solely focuses on its two business laptop brands: Portégé and Tecra.
With the mainstream portfolio eliminated, we can only list the company’s business products. Toshiba’s current branding isn’t exactly clear on the surface either, but a little digging shows the Portégé umbrella covering thin-and-light solutions with 12.5- and 13.3-inch screens. The Tecra brand, on the other hand, covers mainstream clamshell designs between 13.3 and 15.6 inches.
Digging a little deeper, specific series letters – like the A30 and X30 – seemingly highlight specific form factors: “X” for ultra-thins, 2-in-1s, and detachables; “Z” for semi-thin; “A” for traditional designs; and “C” for budget. Meanwhile, the numbers represent sizes: “50” for 15.6 inches, “40” for 14 inches, and so on.
Unfortunately, our list of the best Toshiba laptops isn’t very long. We break everything down into specific form factors and list our favorites along with similar products.
Ultra-thin: Portégé X30
Measuring 0.62 inches thin and weighing 2.31 pounds, the Portégé X30 provides a 13.3-inch display with optional 10-point touch input and a 1,366 x 768 or 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The processor options span across eight seventh- and eighth-generation chips from the Core i5-7200U to the Core i7-8650U vPro CPU. All models rely on integrated graphics and do not offer discrete GPU optionss.
The specifications show this ultra-thin laptop ships with 8GB or 16GB of system memory but support 32GB using DDR4 sticks at 2,133MHz or 2,400MHz. Storage consists of a SATA- or PCIe-based SSD from 128GB to 1TB in capacity, depending on the configuration. This laptop does not include a DVD burner option.
For ports, you’ll find HDMI output, one USB-A port (5Gbps), two Thunderbolt 3 ports (5Gbps), a microSD card reader, and as 3.5mm audio combo jack. Other ingredients include Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, an HD webcam, and a 48Wh battery. Pricing starts at $1,176.
Toshiba’s other thin-and-light laptop is the Tecra X40 with a larger 14-inch screen.
2-in-1: Portégé X20W
Toshiba’s only 2-in-1 for business sports a 12.5-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 10-point touch input. Weighing 2.42 pounds and measuring a mere 0.60 inches thick, this device relies on a 360-degree hinge enabling laptop, tent, stand, and tablet modes. Toshiba throws in an extra mode just to be different: Tabletop mode for laying the device completely flat on a surface for everyone to see and collaborate.
Under the hood, you’ll see one of eight processor options ranging from the Core i5-7200U to the current Core i7-8650U along with integrated graphics. Memory ranges from 4GB to 16GB while storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB on a SATA- or PCIe-based SSD, depending on the configuration.
The port complement consists of one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB-A port (5Gbps), and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. Other ingredients include a 2MP camera on the front, one 5MP camera on the back, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, Harman Kardon speakers, and a 44Wh battery.
Toshiba’s Portégé X20W ships with the company’s Wacom Active Pen. Pricing starts at $999.
Detachable: Portégé X30T
Toshiba’s single detachable PC is super-thin in tablet mode, measuring just 0.35 inches thick. With the included keyboard dock attached, the overall device measures 0.87 inches thick and weighs 3.33 pounds. It’s based on a 13.3-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 10-point touch input.
With this model, the processor options aren’t quite so extensive, offering the Core i5-8350U or Core i7-8650U chip. Memory ships in 8GB and 16GB capacities while storage relies on a SATA- or PCIe-based SSD with a capacity ranging from 128GB to 1TB.
The tablet portion provides two USB-C ports (5Gbps) and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. The keyboard dock expands that connectivity with two Thunderbolt 3 ports (40Gbps), two USB-A ports (5Gbps), HDMI and VGA output, and wired networking.
Other features thrown into the detachable mix include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, a world-facing webcam, an IR camera for face recognition supported by Windows Hello, a fingerprint scanner, and a 36Wh battery promising up to 15 hours.
The starting price of Toshiba’s Portégé X30T is $1,549.
Traditional: Tecra Z50
The largest laptop in our group, the Tecra Z50 has a starting price of $1,078 on Toshiba’s website. It’s not exactly thin and light, measuring 0.95 inches thick and weighing 4.85 pounds. But there’s plenty of room for the optional DVD burner, discrete graphics, and a plethora of ports for peripherals and other external devices.
The Tecra Z50 is based on a 15.6-inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 or 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It’s backed by a large selection of processor choices spanning the seventh-generation Core i5-7200U to the eighth-generation Core i7-8650U vPro processor. You can also fall back on Intel’s integrated graphics, or choose to include Nvidia’s discrete GeForce 930M graphics chip.
On the memory front, Toshiba provides four options between 4GB and 32GB using DDR4 sticks clocked at 2,400MHz. Meanwhile, storage includes one of five devices: 128GB to 512GB on an SSD or 500GB to 1TB on a hard drive.
Finally, the port complement consists of one SD card reader, four USB-A ports (5Gbps), one HDMI port, one VGA port for old-school displays, wired networking, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. Other features include Wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, and a 45Wh battery.
Additional laptops sold by Toshiba in this category include the Portégé A30, the Tecra A40 and the Tecra A50.
Budget: Tecra C50
This budget version of Toshiba’s Z50 laptop isn’t quite as feature-rich but retains the same thickness and weight. The specifications show the 15.6-inch screen remains locked to a single 1,366 x 768 resolution. There are only three processor options as well, ranging from the Core i3-7100U to the Core i5-8250U.
Two memory slots support up to 32GB while storage is limited to a single hard drive with a 500GB or 1TB capacity. The DVD burner remains intact while the port complement takes a slight revision: Two recent USB-A ports (5Gbps), two older USB-A ports (480Mbps), an SD card slot, HDMI and VGA outputs, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. You’ll also find Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, an HD webcam, and a 45Wh battery.
As with the X50, this laptop measures 0.95 inches thick and weighs 4.85 pounds. Pricing starts at $563.
If you’re looking for something smaller, Toshiba provides the 14-inch Tecra C40 laptop.
That’s all we have for Toshiba’s laptop portfolio in North America. The list was short, we know, but if we missed a laptop that belongs on this list, let us know in the comments! For more lists, check out these roundups: