Toshiba Portege Z30
Reliable Mobile Performance
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