Thursday, December 20, 2012

Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P review

Toshiba has a number of different Z830 ultrabooks currently on the market, all based on the same chassis design but with different running options.
The Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P is one of the lower-spec models and is aimed at business users. This version takes a 1.4GHz Intel Core i3 processor, when most such laptops have a 1.6GHz or faster Core i5-branded processor.  
Unfortunately, the lower spec doesn't necessarily mean a lower price. In fact, The Toshiba Portégé costs nearly £1000 and the meagre specification and relatively poor performance do little to help justify that cost.
A WorldBench 6 score of 81 points is lower even than the HP Pavilion dv7 with its slow AMD processor and a rather disappointing result in all. 
Battery life is good though – we got the Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P to run for 6 hrs 43 mins in our MobileMark tests, just 17 minutes short of the HP Folio 13’s enduring 7 hrs. 
The design of the Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P won't be to everyone's taste – it is more functional than anything else. In design terms, the Z830 Series laptops all missed beauty class, a huge bezel above and below the screen making them look like refugees from the 90s.
The keyboard is reasonable, though the Return key is a little small. It is backlit, though, making it easy to use in dark conditions. We like the button that allows you to turn off the touchpad and its buttons quickly, and the Power button is separate from the main keyboard. 
The screen has a matt finish, so reflections aren't a problem, though the colours look a little mute. More concerning, though, is how flimsy the lid appear to be – you can actually see the display wobble back and forth as you type.  
Connectivity options are good, including dual-band wireless that reaches out to 5GHz 11a and 11n wireless standards. Many of the Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P's ports are situated on the back edge of the laptop, which means they're kept out of the way.
But the Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P is very light, tipping the digital balances at just 1086g.

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