TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z30
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 business-like 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 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.
At $1,999, the Z30 is fairly affordable, but its low resolution, non-touchscreen display hurts its value rating.
“THE Z30 IS THE ONLY ULTRABOOK IN THIS LINEUP ARMEDWITH A TPM CHIP, FINGERPRINT READER AND SMARTCARD TECHNOLOGY.”
The Z30 has a VGA port that lets you connect it to a pprojectorj or older monitor.