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Toshiba Ultrabook Portege Z830 Review

Posted: March 2, 2012
Toshiba Ultrabook Portege Z830 Review
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The Toshiba Ultrabook Portege Z830 promises portability and style with its 13" display, 1.8 GHz i7 processor and more. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the notebook for its official Gadget Pr0n review.

What You Need To KNow

  • The Toshiba Ultrabook Portege has an aluminum chassis and measures only 0.63" thick.
  • The laptop also weighs only 2.5 lbs.
  • The display is 13" wide.
  • The machine itself is only 12.4" wide and overall, it's a very sleek design with ample ports.
  • Usually Ultrabooks tend to be sparse in the port department with one or 2 USB ports but the Portege has much more.
  • There are 3 USB ports and one of them is 3.0.
  • There's a gigabit Ethernet port on the back so you aren't always looking for adapters.
  • Other ports include an SD card slot and HDMI.
  • The HDMI out is great if you want to add a second display.
  • The Portege display is LED backlit and comes with a matte finish.
  • It's not the brightest thing in the world but the color is good and not too washed out.
  • The construction of the display hinge doesn't feel sturdy.
  • The viewing angle isn't great but it's certainly serviceable.
  • The keyboard is laid out nicely but it is a little unresponsive.
  • More often than not, we found ourselves missing key strokes.
  • The track pad was a little annoying, too.
  • The trackpad button has a glossy metallic finish that can be slippery.
  • You can barely feel the difference between the buttons.
  • This review model has an i3 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM with 128 HB SSD, which adds up to a pretty quick machine.
  • Daily tasks like email, web browsing, videos and photos on this machine were actually very quick.
  • It does come with Intel's HD graphics 3000 chipset which we have yet to be impressed by.
  • The notebook will handle moderate gaming but don't expect to play Mass Effect 3 on this.

Price

  • $900 on Amazon

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is a good looking laptop that's also the lightest Ultrabook we've tested.
  • We weren't fans of the keyboard and trackpad.

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Comments are Closed

  • bouncer86

    Matt entertains and he is a comedian also... Likes this point and shoot... I'm broke but this would be fun..

    Posted: March 4, 2012 9:39 AM
    bouncer86
  • thejman85

    900 hundred is alot for a labtop my computer is not evan that much

    Posted: March 2, 2012 11:15 AM
    thejman85
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