Toshiba Laptop – Portege Z830-S8302

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The popularity of ultrabooks has grown tremendously in the last few months and Toshiba decided to launch one such model, in the form of the Portege Z830-S8302. With a price list of $1,429, this model has a sturdy magnesium alloy frame which makes the ultraportable relatively rigid. It measures 1.6 x 12.4 x 8.9 inches and has a 13.3-inch LED display that has a matte finish and a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 (Source: www8.pcmag.com)

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 (Source: www8.pcmag.com)

Let’s talk more about the display because it’s one of the main components of an ultrabook. That 720p resolution you’ll find on just about any other ultrabook out there, except for the Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 that has a 1,600 x 900-pixel resolution display. Anyway, the one that Toshiba installed manages to offer a great amount of brightness, while the text looks sharp and the colors are quite crisp. It is without any doubt one of the best displays in the ultrabook segment.

We also appreciate the touchpad that Toshiba installed as it manages to be quite smooth and responsive. However, we do not like those two chrome buttons which are stiff and they attract a lot of fingerprints. As for the speakers, these are capable of providing a decent amount of volume, but the audio quality is scratchy and sketchy.

The Portege Z830-S8302 features a spill-resistant keyboard which is backlit so you shouldn’t have any issues working in a dim room. We should mention that the layout is very good as the Ctrl and Delete keys are where they should be – in the lower-left and top-right corners, respectively. In addition, the same thing can be said about the Home, End, PgUp, PgDown keys and the cursor arrows. However, the typing experience could have been a little bit better as it feels shallow and flat, while some of the keys have problems registering the command at first, before you get used to the keyboard.

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 (Source: www4.pcmag.com)

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 (Source: www4.pcmag.com)

At the heart of this ultrabook is an impressive dual core, four-thread Intel Core i7-2677M processor running at 1.80 GHz along with 6 GB of DDR3 memory. As you would expect, the difference between a Core i3 processor and a Core i7 is huge, the i7-powered Z830 being capable of completing an Adobe Photoshop CS5 test in a little over 4 minutes, while the Core i3 variant of this ultrabook needs more than 8 minutes.

The graphics department is handled by the integrated Intel HD 3000 with shared system memory, while for storage you get a fast SSD that has a capacity of 128 GB which might not be enough for your needs. The battery is able to last for approximately six and a half hours in a MobileMark 2007 test.