Priced at under $1000, the Portégé Z835 offers a lot of features and decent performance.
14 May 2012
Conclusion: The Portege Z835-P370 offers a lot of features for the price. At about $1000, it includes 6GB of memory, more ports than most (including a VGA video output), and a couple of customizable control buttons. It's also one of the few laptops we've seen that includes a 1Gbps Ethernet port; many rely on wireless, or require an external adapter or case to connect to a wired network. So far so good, yet this device is far from perfect.
Conclusion: The Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 is the lightest, longest lasting ultrabook we've seen yet, and its affordability adds sparkle to a system with moderate performance and limited graphics capability.
Pros: Lightest ultrabook yet. Full feature set, with extras like USB 3.0, WiDi 2.0, and full-sized HDMI. Longest battery life in the category.
Cons: Wimpy processing and graphics. Flimsy screen. Keyboard flexes. Small touchpad.
Conclusion: Toshiba’s Z835 does not make a good first impression. It’s as thin as a piece of cardboard, and feels just slightly stronger. These snap judgments about the laptop’s strength are only worsened by a sub-par keyboard and a display that isn’t sharp or beautiful.
Pros: Incredibly thin and light, Great connectivity, Excellent performance, Useful bundled software
Cons: Drab design, Flimsy chassis, Terrible keyboard, Disappointing display and audio quality, Runs loud and warm, Expensive as-tested
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Conclusion: The Z835 has some nice attributes. It’s incredibly thin and light, easy on the wallet, has a large port selection and gets good battery life. It also has some quality that may give you pause like the below average screen, limited upgrade potential, though this is true for most ultraportables, and I think most important is the noisy fan. I know some people are less sensitive to the fan issue, but to me it’s a livability issue.
Pros: Uh, Price, Large Port Selection, including USB 3.0 and Ethernet, Snappy Performance with ULV CPUs and SSDs, Good Battery Life, Decent Build Quality
Cons: Stiff Noisy Trackpad Buttons, No Upgrades for Hard Drive, Battery or Memory, Below Average Screen, Noisy Fan
Summary: But reaching that price entailed compromises—a few too many, in our opinion, to grant this product more than a mild endorsement. $800, www.toshiba.com Our zero-point ultraportable is an HP EliteBook 2540p with a 2.13GHz Intel Core i7-640LM, 4GB of DDR3/1333 RAM, integrated graphics, a 250GB, 5,400rpm hard drive, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Pros: Very slim and lightweight for the price; lots of ports.
Cons: Too underpowered; sorry SSD speeds; flimsy lid.
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Pros: Least expensive Ultrabook on the market, Backlight keyboard, USB 3.0; Sleep and Charge, Just 2.47 pounds, Good battery life, HDMI output
Cons: Average performance (processor lacks Turbo Boost, entry-level SSD), Crammed keyboard, Tight viewing angle, Flimsy lid