Excerpt: There was a time when Toshiba’s line of Portégé business ultraportables was the epitome of sleek utility, particularly in the days of the R500 and R600. Samsung stole some of that show when it released the Series 9 (reviewed here )—the closest a PC has come to a MacBook Air to date. But while the Portégé R830, much like the R700 before it, won’t win any design contests, it offers many useful amenities in a very-portable package.
Pros: Extremely portable; great performance for the size; superb battery life.
Excerpt: It seems that whenever a new PDA phone is about to be released, there are a few who grumble about the lack of a VGA (that’s 640×480) screen. Having worked with a VGA capable PDA for a few years, I have to say that I understand the complaint. While the resolution on the majority of PDAs is okay (at QVGA, which is 320×240), VGA is easier on the eyes, provides more viewable screen area, and looks fantastic.
Summary: Low cost expert. Light, long battery life, and well put together. With the low end version of the Portégé R830 from Toshiba premium business is now affordable. The question is whether the claims of an ideal picture quality are also true?
Pros: Good application performance, Good battery life, Light weight, Slim case, (Stable), matte magnesium case, Optical drive, HDMI, eSATA, Docking Port, Precise multi-touchpad, Good but not perfect input devices, Sensible hardware tools, Handy with matte surfaces, and a sufficiently stable base unit.
Cons: System noise under load, Short travel of the keys and touchpad buttons, Weak TFT backlight, Low contrast of the display, Narrow viewing angles, The pressure point of the keys could be a bit crisper, and the travel could be more clear. Loose hinge covers definitely aren't necessary.
Toshiba Portege R830 review: A 13.3in ultraportable with great features, strong build quality and excellent battery life
Good Gear Guide.au
20 September 2011
Summary: Toshiba's Portege R830 is a great choice for business users who want something that's easily mobile, yet fully-featured and fast. It's not perfect -- it could use a better screen, a backlit keyboard and a quicker charging time -- but it's very well built and it looks good, too.
Pros: Excellent performance and battery life, Good build quality, Plenty of built-in features
Cons: Keyboard not backlit, Screen not great, Long charging time
Conclusion: At this price, you might expect the Portege R830 to have more premium features - a backlit keyboard, an ambient light sensor, discrete graphics or a better quality screen - but then you remember it has mobile broadband, wireless display, an optical drive and a full-power Core i5 and the price seems more reasonable.
Pros: A slim, lightweight business ultraportable that gives you full-size performance, features and battery life - and stands up to the rigours of travel
Cons: A slim, lightweight business ultraportable that gives you full-size performance, features and battery life - and stands up to the rigours of travel
Excerpt: Windows Mobile smartphones are notoriously hungry for processor power and memory, and handsets that lack fast processors often feel sluggish and frustrating to use. Sadly, the Portege G710 falls into this category. Its processor is slow at just 260MHz and it has only 64MB of memory to back this up. As a result, launching applications and navigating the system often leaves you staring at a spinning busy symbol and twiddling your thumbs.