Toshiba Portege Z830

Toshiba is the latest company to throw its hat in the ultrabook ring. Today the company introduced the Toshiba Portege Z830, a 13.3 inch notebook that’s just 0.6 inches thick and which weighs just 2.45 pounds. Toshiba says that makes it the lightest 13.3 inch notebook around.

Like ultrabooks from Lenovo, Acer, and Asus, the Portege Z830 uses the latest Intel processors Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and a case that’s designed for passive cooling. This allows for a slim laptop that doesn’t generate excessive heat or get too noisy from a loud fan. The laptop also has a 128GB solid state disk.

The computer has a light but sturdy aluminum and magnesium alloy case  and features HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port. It also has an SD card slot.

The laptop has a 47Whr battery which should be good for up to 8 hours of run time, and the Z830 also has a spill-resistant backlit keyboard — something you don’t usually see on budget ultraportable laptops.

Of course, budget is probably a strong word to use for an ultrabook. While Toshiba hasn’t announced pricing details for the notebook yet, Intel is the driving force behind the ultrabook platform and the chip maker wants PC makers to start pricing for their thin and light laptops at $1000 or less.


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One reply on “Toshiba introduces a 13 inch, 2.45 pound ultrabook”

  1. This ultrabook term won’t change people’s minds. People are now used to $300 tablets and $200 netbooks. People won’t bother with these $1000 ultrabooks. Like before, about 7 years ago, when Sony and Fujitsu were selling their super light $5000 notebooks that were about 1KG, nobody really bought them. Only corporate people, which had unlimited spending budgets did splash on these for their top executive officers.

    Eventually, these super light notebooks became a failure. It was a confirmed failure when netbooks came out.

    Now, there are starting the same crap. It is definitely doomed for failure cause people are so used to the $200 to $300 region of pricing.

    Come on Intel, think carefully. You are now fighting with tablets which are about 600grams. Now with the Samsung Tab 7.7, that has gone down to 310grams in weight.

    For heaven’s sake, nobody really use their devices other than checking email and sufing the net, which a N570 Atom can handle super well. Everyone has their primary machine at home with a Core i5 or Core i7 to handle the CPU intensive tasks.

    I have never seen anybody at a cafe or an airport doing CAD or Video editting  or other CPU intensive tasks on their notebooks.

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