The Toshiba Portege Z830/Z835 was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the streets, and Toshiba says it’s still one of the best selling. But now the company is launching an updated number… The Portege Z930/Z935.
On the outside the new 13.3 inch ultrabook looks almost exactly like Toshiba’s first ultrabook. it has the same magnesium case, the same thin and light profile, and the same backlit keyboard.
But the Toshiba Portege Z930 is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core family processor (Ivy Bridge) while the older model used an older chip (Intel’s 2nd generation Core, or Sandy Bridge processors).
The new chips offer a slight overall performance bump, and up to 40 percent faster graphics. Toshiba is also using newer solid state disks which allow for faster performance.
Toshiba will also now offer a couple of premium options such as a higher resolution camera or a higher resolution display — while the based model features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, Toshiba will also allow users to customize the ultrabook with a 1600 x 900 pixel screen.
The company also reinforced the screen. Early users had complained that there was too much flex in the display, so Toshiba toughened up the LCD.
If you’re wondering why there are two different model numbers, it’s because the Toshiba Portege Z930 is aimed at business and the Z935 is a consumer model. But they’re both pretty much the same laptop.
Both measure 0.63 inches thick and weigh about 2.5 pounds. Both feature 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet jacks, and memory card readers. And both come with built-in 8 cell, 47Whr batteries that Toshiba says provide more than 8 hours of battery life.
Toshiba also included a feature that lets you connect a phone or other device via a USB cable to charge the device even when the computer is asleep. Another thing you can do while the PC is sleeping is listen to music.
The Toshiba Portege Z930/Z935 will be available in late June or early July for $929 and up.
For the starting price you’ll get a model with an Intel Core i3 processor and 128GB solid state disk. Toshiba will also offer Core i5 and Core i7 options, as well as an optional 256GB SSD.
Toshiba Z935…closed the lid and left it on a table overnight, turned on the next morning with display flickering and a cluster of dead pixels. No impact, no physical damage or even a scratch on the computer or screen.I sent it to the repair center and soon received multiple crazy, inconsistent quotes ranging from $325 – $459. They also claimed that it was physically damaged. I sent in pictures that I took before sending it in showing that it was in pristine, out of box condition. Without contacting me or acknowledging the pictures, they sent it back to unrepaired.
During this time, I was repeatedly lied to about the repair status and the repair quote. No one would ever call me back. Finally, I was told that the fact that it has a display problem MEANS that it was physically damaged. Anyone who works with LCD panels knows this is a lie.
They would not admit that it was a known issue with their Ultrabooks and said that “physical damage” — the only condition that excludes the display from the warranty — can mean whatever they say it means. There was literally not a scratch on this computer. I have NEVER had a computer, phone, mp3 player, etc damaged through accident or neglect in my life.
My experience with this computer and with their sleazy “repair center” is not unique — do some Googling. Unfortunately, it is not even heavy enough to use as a very good door stop. NEVER BUY A TOSHIBA ULTRABOOK.
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