Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

First im­pres­sions can be cru­cial and we feared we wouldn’t be get­ting one as the bag in which the Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830 Ul­tra­book came to us felt like it was empty. But we were mis­taken, for at 1.12 kg the world’s light­est Ul­tra­book stands at the en­try level of the feath­er­weight sec­tion.

But be­ing the light­est—and maybe even the thinnest—lap­top around doesn’t mean the Z830 has cut cor­ners. In fact, with four USB ports, a VGA and LAN port, it had more con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions than we ex­pected. Some good de­sign­ing has gone be­hind en­sur­ing that the de­vice re­ally packs some unique fea­tures. The Matt A4 key­board is near full-size and with very re­spon­sive but­tons. The touch­pad is large and has a fin­ger­print de­tec­tor tucked in be­tween the metal­lic click­pad.

The body, de­spite its brushed mag­ne­sium fin­ish, might look a bit flimsy due to its size zero looks. How­ever, the honeycomb re­in­force­ment makes it one of the stur­di­est com­puter mod­els around.

Toshiba sticks to the In­tel stan­dard and dishes out a real fast 18-sec­ond switch on and a two-sec­ond re­sume. It is also a very pow­er­ful ma­chine that fares well on bench­mark tests and even bet­ter on user ex­pe­ri­ence. The 13.3-inch screen for in­stance gives a su­perb HD pic­ture backed with real loud sound. The we­b­cam is also good, even in low light.

Quite ob­vi­ously, the Z830 is tar­geted at users who are perched on the up­per rungs of the cor­po­rate lad­der. For them the security and other fea­tures of this Ul­tra­book make it a good op­tion. But for oth­ers the 96,290 price tag is an obvi` ous dis­in­cen­tive.


Win­dows 7; 13.3-inch HD; In­tel Core i5; 6 GB DDR3 RAM; 128 GB SSD; WLAN, Blue­tooth 3.0, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net LAN, 4 x USB; SD card reader; RGB, HDMI; 1.12 kg; 15.9 mm thick­ness.


In­no­va­tive, but very ex­pen­sive.


TOSHIBA PRO­TEGE Z830 Price: 96,290


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