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Toshiba offers up new storage options and a thin Dynapad at CES 2016

With CES ongoing and the Oculus Rift pre-orders opening up, there’s a big focus on virtual reality right now, but let’s not overlook some of the other interesting developments at this year’s biggest technology show. Take for example Toshiba’s new best and brightest: there’s some interesting storage products and a new Dynapad to consider.

First up, the Dynapad is a 12 inch, Windows powered 2-in-1 tablet, which Toshiba is claiming is the thinnest and lightest in the world. Something tells us we might want to wait until the end of CES to hand it that crown, but at just 6.9mm thick and weighing in at just 1.28 pounds, it’s safe to say this is one of (if not the) most portable tablet of this size.

Unlike many two-in-ones which take a jack of all trades approach, the Dynapad is aimed at those that truly want to take hand written notes. Toshiba’s own Active Electrostatics TruPen should work perfectly with the Wacom digital inking technology, great for writing, sketching, and drawing.

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The 1080p screen is designed to have a paper-like texture. Under the hood there’s a decent Intel Atom x5 Z8300 CPU, and up to 4GB of RAM. Storage is handled by as much as 64GB of flash memory; though that can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD card if needed.

Although Toshiba wasn’t forthcoming about a release date, you can pre-order the Dynapad today for $570.


Elsewhere in the Toshiba booth, there’s a new series of portable HDDs with both USB Type-A and Type-C connectors, offering USB 3.1 performance for those that can support it, and standard USB 3.0 for those that don’t. Available in sizes from 1TB right through to 3TB and priced between $85 and $160, it’s quite a competitor for the solid state back up alternatives that have been showing up lately.

It’s that Type-C compatibility that may be its big selling point though. Toshiba knows that that’s a hot-button for enthusiasts right now. That’s why it’s releasing another product that supports it, called the TransMemory Ex Dual.

Designed to bridge the generations of USB devices, it’s a 32GB USB stick with both Type-A and Type-C USB connectors on it. Read/Write speeds sit at 95MBps and 80MBps respectively. Availability begins some time in the first half of 2016, with a price tag of $40.