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.
Summary: The Toshiba Portégé R830 isn't perfect. Not everyone will like the keyboard and it's not cheap, but it's stylish, well-built, has USB3 and lengthy battery life too. It's one of the best ultraportable laptops we've seen yet.
Toshiba Portege R830 review: A 13.3in ultraportable with great features, strong build quality and excellent battery life
Good Gear Guide.au
29 May 2011
Conclusion: 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