TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z30

HWM (Malaysia) - - MULTI-TEST -

The Portege Z30 is Toshiba’s fol­low-up to 2012’s ul­tra por­ta­ble Portege Z930 Ul­tra­book. While the Z930 mea­sured just 15.9mm and weighed 1.12kg, the Z30 is slightly thicker at 17.9mm and heav­ier at 1.2kg.

The trade­off for the ex­tra weight comes in the form of a larger bat­tery and a few ex­tra se­cu­rity fea­tures. In fact, the Z30 is the only Ul­tra­book in this lineup armed with a TPM chip, fin­ger­print reader and Smart­Card tech­nol­ogy– all of which are must-have fea­tures for any en­ter­prise en­vi­ron­ment.

Match­ing its en­ter­prise fea­tures, the Z30 sports a se­ri­ous busi­nesslike aes­thetic, in a drab, me­tal­lic gray that is un­likely to turn many heads. Build-qual­ity on the Z30 is fairly de­cent, thanks to a mag­ne­sium al­loy body that keeps the ma­chine light and por­ta­ble, and also adds enough dura­bil­ity to pro­tect it from light bumps and scuffs. Un­for­tu­nately, while mag­ne­sium is lighter than alu­minum, it doesn’t look as nice, and it’s also not as stiff, re­sult­ing in a fair bit of flex ev­i­dent in both

“THE Z30 IS­THE ONLY UL­TRA­BOOK IN THIS LINEUP ARMED WITH ATPM CHIP, FIN­GER­PRINT READER AND SMART­CARD TECH­NOL­OGY.”

the lid and key­board well.

The Z30 is the only Ul­tra­book in our shootout sport­ing both a full-size click­pad and a track­point nub with phys­i­cal left and right click but­tons. The nub has a gritty feel, very sim­i­lar to the ones found on Len­ovo’s Thinkpad line of en­ter­prise note­books. As for the Z30’s key­board, it’s a bit shal­low, but the keys them­selves are quite firm.

The big­gest draw­back to the Z30 is its 1366 x 768 res­o­lu­tion dis­play. While dis­plays of this cal­iber were ac­cept­able two years ago, many man­u­fac­tur­ers are now opt­ing for Full HD and higher dis­plays, and it’s a shame that Toshiba hasn’t cho­sen to do the same. Even worse, it’s also the only note­book in our shootout with­out a touch­screen dis­play, a fea­ture that is al­most manda­tory for any long-term Win­dows 8.1 us­age.

The Z30 is fairly af­ford­able, but its low res­o­lu­tion, non-touch­screen dis­play hurts its value rat­ing.

PRO­CES­SOR In­tel Core i7-4500U (1.8GHZ)

DIS­PLAY 13.3-inch (1366 x 768) TFT LED Back­lit

STOR­AGE

256GB SSD

WEIGHT

1.2kg

PRICE

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