updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu September 1, 2011
Toshiba Z830 claims weight and thinness crowns
Toshiba threw its hat into competition in the ultrabook space with the Portege Z830. By using a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloy, the system manages to be both thinner and much lighter than the MacBook Air at just 2.45 pounds and 0.63 inches at its most. The design has also been carefully shaped to keep more traditional ports alive. It carries a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and separate HDMI and VGA video outputs along with a card reader and headphone jack.
Battery life should still be long at about eight hours on the sealed-in 47Wh battery. Toshiba's main sacrifice is performance: the base model starts off with a Core i3 processor to Apple's Core i5, although the design still uses solid-state drives as a matter of course. Core i5 and i7 processors will be options in higher-end versions.
The decision to use slightly slower processors helps Toshiba get to a sub-$1,000 price for the starting model even with the larger screen. It won't ship to the US until November.