Toshiba Portege Z30

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Weigh­ing a mere 1.2kg, the Toshiba Portege Z30 is im­pres­sively por­ta­ble, yet is fully equipped as a busi­ness note­book PC for the ex­ec­u­tive on the go. Its light and tough mag­ne­sium al­loy chas­sis, which well gives the im­pres­sion that the note­book PC is more con­cerned with form over func­tion, serves to pro­tect the de­vice from the bump and grind of ev­ery­day use.

Along the sides of the Portege Z30 are a myr­iad of ports rarely seen on an Ul­tra­book. They in­clude a mem­ory card reader, a 3.5mm au­dio jack, one USB 3.0 port with Sleep and Charge, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out­put, a VGA port, and a gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port.

Imag­ine you are sit­ting at a cof­fee shop with the Portege Z30 plugged in. You use the mem­ory card reader to trans­fer pho­tos from your cam­era’s SD card to be in­serted into the pre­sen­ta­tion you have stored on a USB flash drive, while a mouse is plugged into the other avail­able USB 3.0 port. As you com­plete your work, you pack the Portege Z30 and head over to your client’s of­fice with your smart­phone, which you have been us­ing as a mo­bile In­ter­net hotspot charg­ing through the Sleep and Charge port. Once there, you sim­ply con­nect the pro­jec­tor to the note­book PC via HDMI and you com­mence with your pre­sen­ta­tion.

When do­ing ev­ery­day pro­duc­tiv­ity work, we found that the note­book’s chi­clet key­board needs some get­ting used to. Be­cause the keys are small and flat, we of­ten ac­ci­den­tally hit the neigh­bor­ing keys dur­ing fast typ­ing. In the mid­dle of the key­board is a point­ing stick that Toshiba named as Ac­cu­point, which is cou­pled with two sep­a­rate left and right mouse but­tons. How­ever, the touch­pad be­neath it, al­though com­fort­able, is de­signed to be used with a less ideal rock­ing but­ton that is flushed with the pad.

With the on-the-go busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als in mind, the Portege Z30 is equipped with a 52Wh, 4-Cell non -user re­place­able bat­tery. Al­though the num­bers are small, it is rated for 12 hours of bat­tery life at full charge and it is touted as hav­ing the world’s long­est bat­tery life for an Ul­tra­book.

In our tests, we found that the bat­tery did last al­most 12 hours, but only if we use ba­sic work ap­pli­ca­tions such as a word pro­ces­sor, a pre­sen­ta­tion soft­ware, and light web brows­ing to check emails. In real-world sit­u­a­tions with mixed us­age that in­clude some light gam­ing, web brows­ing and me­dia con­sump­tion, we found the bat­tery lasted ap­prox­i­mately six hours.

We also put the Portege Z30 through our bench­marks and found that it per­formed above the av­er­age busi­ness note­book PCs. When put through PCMark 7’s full bat­tery tests, the Portege Z30 scored 4362. On PCMark 8, we put the note­book through both the work and home bench­mark and it scored 4817 and 3069, re­spec­tively.

De­signed for the con­sul­tant, sales­per­son, and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive who spends a lot of time out of the of­fice, the Toshiba Portege Z30 prom­ises mo­bil­ity, per­for­mance, and re­li­a­bil­ity, and it de­liv­ers.

The ac­cu­point is an odd though wel­comed ad­di­tion

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