Toshiba Portege Z830 Preview
In the perfect dreamworld laptops are capable of being sleek, sexy, and highly portable while still managing to pack some real punch underneath the hood. The upcoming Toshiba Portege z830 may just prove that dreams can come true! This a bold clam in today’s market with Ultrabooks surfacing from every major brand from Dell to Apple. So what stands out in the z830?
First off, size does matter and this little guy pulls of a weight of merely 1.1kg. In comparison, the Apple Macbook Air weighs in at 1.35kg. At the same time it offers a crisp 13-inch LED screen which features a matte coating so you won’t have troublesome reflections getting in the way like you often find in other laptops.
Beyond size, the z830 offers great performance and plenty of ports for your devices. When it comes to thin-and-light computing there are often few ports on the unit to save on room and space. This isn’t the case with the z830 which offers 3 USB ports (one which is USB 3.0!), HDMI/VGA, audio out, a card reader, and even an Ethernet port. So there you have it: a light laptop that manages to have plenty of ports for access. But what about under the hood?
The Z830 series will come in a variety of configurations, though Toshiba has yet to share exact configuration details. The unit will be powered by a Sandy Bridge processor of the Core i3, i5, or even i7 variety. Additionally the system will have integrated graphics, DDR3 ram, and a range of solid state drive options. The z830 also offers handy features such as USB charging even when the unit is in sleep mode and it features Toshiba’s cutting edge “Hi-Speed Start Technology” which is supposed to enable the z830 to boot from start to Windows in seconds.
Overall there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the z830, especially compared to other Windows 7-based Ultrabooks. When it comes to competing against the highly popular Macbook Air, however, price is going to be a major factor in the long run. The z830 is expected to arrive sometime in November with a starting price point of around £600. If Toshiba manages to pull off everything promised while delivering a great price point value, then Apple may really have something to be concerned about it.