Excerpt: A week at the CES. After publishing the comprehensive review of the German Core i5 version in December, we can now test the smaller Core i3 version thanks to Intel. In addition to numerous benchmarks, the inexpensive ultrabook also had to show how it fares in practical use at the CES 2012. The Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N is the small entry level version of Toshiba's ultrabooks with a Core i3 ULV processor and a 128 GB SSD from Great Britain.
Pros: Small dimensions and weight, Matt screen, High-grade WLAN, The system performance doesn't give reason for complaint in routine use despite "weak" components.
Cons: Annoying fan noise, Wobbly and easy to warp display, Short key drop
Summary: Holding the ‘world’s lightest’ Ultrabook title does come at a price. The Z830 will set you back a whopping Rs.96,290, which makes it expensive. More so, because you can easily get an Ultrabook at this price with a Core i7 CPU and a larger SSD, but, you will have to sacrifice on some of the features like full connectivity options and the weight.
Conclusion: The Toshiba Portege Z830 is the best equipped and lightest Ultrabook currently on the market. It has more ports and you won't feel like you've given up expandability for extreme portability. It's insanely light at 2.48 lbs. and very thin. In short, it's a real pleasure to carry. That diet has a drawback or two though: there's lots of lid flex and the notebook has a hollow feel to it when you press surfaces.
Conclusion: Starting up the Z830 I noticed two things: how incredibly fast it is, and how much bloatware Toshiba has added on it. Windows 7 (Home Premium) actually boots up in 11 seconds flat thanks to the internal 128GB SSD. Obviously the Intel Core i5-2467M running at 1.6GHz (Turbo Boosting up to 2.3GHz) really helps. The 4GB of RAM included in the system is adequate for most tasks and applications.
Toshiba Portege Z830/Z835 review: nice overall package, a few flaws nevertheless!
3 January 2012
Summary: The Toshiba Z830 is the lightest and thinnest ultrabook in its class right now and manages to offer a good mix of features and performances. If it weren't for the overall fragile feel and the loud cooling system, I'd say it's a top pick, especially since the price tag is very good as well.
Pros: thin and very light, magnesium used for the whole body, decent performances, matte screen, backlit keyboard, good trackpad, lots of ports, excellent battery life, good price tag
Cons: mushy keyboard with poor feedback, annoying fan, not the best display, feels fragile, rather slow SSD
Toshiba Portege Z830 review- there’s more to an ultrabook than looks
3 January 2012
Conclusion: Ultrabooks are still imperfect machines, but the Portege Z830 really strives to be as less mediocre as possible. With a backlit keyboard, ultra slim body and impressive selection of ports, the Z830 is one of the best equipped ultrabooks out there. Sure, it doesn’t have the best hardware from the lot, but will still deliver a solid experience, while the battery life is nothing short of satisfying.