What is it?

A feature packed Ultrabook laptop aimed at the business world's frequent travellers. Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has set the standard for lightweight laptops enabling the corporate user to work seamlessly on the go. Toshiba are looking to usurp this dominance with the Portege X30T-E-13H.

Good Points?

The main difference between the Portege X30T-E-13H and the Microsoft Surface is the keyboard which is more robust in the Toshiba model and provides additional ports such as an ethernet cable network port.

This gives the Toshiba more flexibility as you don't have to rely on an external docking station and allows better portability. A travel keyboard is also available and brings the Ultrabook into line with other similar devices.

Toshiba have added a wealth of great components to ensure the machine is lightning fast and responds without lag. Intel's Core i7-8550U processor provides the computational engine which allows the laptop to crunch through Windows 10's intensive tasks with ease.

16GB of memory aids multitasking and allows the user to navigate between applications with no hang or blip. A 1TB SSD drive is a great addition over competitors' models specially for those who synch their OneDrive or other cloud storage data locally.

Bad points?

Toshiba's offering is expensive and doesn't have the history of devices like the Surface Book so most bugs are likely ironed out through early adopters.

Switching from laptop and tablet modes wasn't quite are seamless as it should be.

Best for ...

Those who want the same functionality and slick looks as the Microsoft Surface but want to avoid following the herd.

Avoid if ...

You spend the majority of your computing time tied to a desk as machines like these only come into their own when on the move.

Score: 8/10.

Toshiba Portege X30T-E-13H, from £2,200 (toshiba.co.uk)