Excerpt: This year has been pretty big as far as Intel goes. There’s the Ultrabooks movement and also the big Windows 8 launch that has been the centre of attention, apart from smartphones and tablets, of course. Following this trend, there have been several launches through the year. Toshiba’s Portege Z830 was one of the Ultrabooks to be launched, and we had reviewed it earlier this year. We rated it a 7/10, which is actually quite decent for the Ultrabook.
Excerpt: Ultra-slim business. Striking looks, low weight, long runtimes and first-rate connections. Sounds like the perfect business qualities. However, there are shortcomings in details. Why is the premium claim not met? Customers inevitably think of the Portégé range when Toshiba is mentioned in conjunction with high-end 13-inch business laptops . Here, a difference between the Portégé Z930 (ultrabook, 1.12 kg) and R930 ( subnotebook , 1.5 kg, DVD drive) is made.
Pros: Very lightweight, Solid base unit, Matte surfaces, Rear-sided ports, High application performance, Very swift SSD, 100% performance on battery power, Usually quiet fan, Low heat dissipation, Bright, matte screen, The low weight and the base unit's stiffness. The pliable lid is not distracting in routine use, but its flexibility is a kind of crumple zone.
Cons: Tight viewing angle, Non-removable battery, Weak typing feedback, Virtually inexistent mouse key drop, No docking port
Summary: Toshiba's Z930-108 could make a good choice as a portable business laptop. It's thin, extremely light and has good build quality. Features are abundant and itâ€™s a fast performer too. But the Z930-108 doesn't quite deserve the ultimate business laptop title, so long as the Acer TravelMate P6 can run half as long again from its internal battery.
Excerpt: The Toshiba Portégé Z930 shares the same chassis as its predecessor, the Z830. The Toshiba Z830 was the company’s first ultrabook, an attempt to clone the look and specification of the Apple MacBook Air . But as a development of the Z830, it means the Z930 is still not going to win any awards for good looks.
Toshiba Portege Z930 review: a business-oriented Ultrabook with good features, an impressively light weight and thin chassis
Good Gear Guide.au
7 December 2012
Summary: Toshiba's thin-and-light Portege Z930 ships with business features such as a vPro chipset, biometrics and integrated 3G, in addition to a useful range of built-in ports. It could use a better screen, touchpad and keyboard, but its overall usability is still quite good and it's a fine Ultrabook to travel with on a daily basis.
Pros: Core i7 CPU, Fast SSD, Built-in HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, Battery life
Cons: Screen's viewing angles, Touchpad could be better, No keyboard backlight, Only one USB 3.0 port
Conclusion: The Portege Z930 may not be perfect, but it is still a very capable and powerful ultrabook in its own right, and one we can easily see a business executive opting to rely on. It has a pricey RRP of R18 000.
Pros: Exceedingly light, Great battery life, Solid construction, Fast performance, Excellent colour saturation for a matte display
Cons: Shallow key presses, Screen wavers under heavy typing, Expensive
Conclusion: As with pretty much every Portege before it, the Z930-10Q is a mightily impressive bit of kit. Its performance belies its size considerably, and its battery life is reasonable if not exceptional in its class. Unfortunately, all this quality comes at a considerable cost, though, with a price a tad over £1,300. So this is one of the best-equipped Ultrabooks on the market, but you do have to pay for it.
Pros: Best-in-class processor performance, Good graphics power for an Ultrabook, Full-sized VGA, HDMI & GbE ports, SIM slot for 3G wireless data