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Toshiba Portege Z830 ultrabook goes lighter than MacBook Air

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. flippyzip

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    Is that thing ugly or what.

  1. yticolev

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    The article doesn't state the screen size. The MacBook Air 11.6" is lighter at 2.38 pounds. If it is a 13.3", it really is significantly lighter. Of course, it is even lighter than stated as it is just vaporware!

  1. johncarync

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    Thanks for thinking different

    Hey Samsung, here's an example of how to compete with Apple without simply copying them. I would never confuse this ultrabook with an Apple product and yet it competes nicely. Here's an option that's half a pound LIGHTER than a 13" MacBook Air and cheaper as well (it's also slower). Congratulations to Toshiba for thinking different!

  1. Foe Hammer

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    But Where ...

    ... is the optical drive? Why would any PC weenies want one of these things without an optical drive? That's what they said about the MBA.

  1. mytdave

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    It may be worth looking at, at least. Compared to the Air, it may be a tiny bit thinner at it's thickest point, but it doesn't taper to 0.68in and it's quite blocky (not attractive IMHO). It may be a bit lighter, but is it solid or flimsy? We won't know until it can be held and examined.

    What I like: Ethernet port, audio in & out, USB 3.

    What I don't like: Vertically challenged keyboard keys, blocky design, underpowered (by comparison) Core i3 CPU.

    It's not bad. I would say from just looking at the images, that it's nicer than any other ultra-light PC notebook I've seen. I would still choose a MacBook Air though, due to a number of features such as the Air's keyboard, the spacious 'buttonless' track pad, mag-safe power connector, and Thunderbolt, not to mention MacOS X. Still, this is not bad for a PC. I'm going to go out of my way to see this one in person when it's available.

  1. prl99

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    more specs

    found elsewhere: This is a 13.3" laptop with the majority of it's I/O ports on the thicker, backside (pun intended). The trackpad in the photos above look different from the ones on the other website. Those show some weird thing in the middle of the bottom strip. They are saying the keyboard is spill resistant. The battery is an eight-cell, 47Wh, version (comparable to the 50Wh in the 13" MBA). Screen resolution is the same as the 11" MBA, which is less than the 13" MBA. Nothing about the hard drive so don't know if it's an SSD. The pre-production model also lacked the honeycomb ribbed internals so it's squishy. A more rigid frame is supposed to be ready when it's released (more weight???).

  1. freddymac

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    all the stickers???????

  1. Kees

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    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium or Professional
    Choice of 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3, i5 or i7 processors
    Less than 2.5 pounds
    0.63-inch profile
    Up to 6GB of memory
    13.3” widescreen HD LED backlit Display
    128 GB Solid State Drive
    Backlit and Spill Resistant Keyboard

    Specs are really good, looks, not so much.

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