TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z30T

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The Toshiba Portege Z30t had a mi­nor specs re­fresh with an ex­te­rior that’s largely the same as its pre­de­ces­sor. The Z30t is also the only 13.3-inch model in our shootout com­pared to the 14-inch dis­plays on the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion. While this puts it at a slight dis­ad­van­tage in terms of screen real es­tate, it does make it more por­ta­ble.

The dis­play has good view­ing an­gles and vivid col­ors, and the smaller screen still boasts a Full HD res­o­lu­tion, which ac­tu­ally gives it a higher pixel-per-inch count, if sharp­ness is what you’re look­ing for. If porta­bil­ity is the most im­por­tant fac­tor for you, the Z30t will surely stand out, tip­ping the scales at just 1.2kg. It is so light that we could have eas­ily mis­taken it for a dummy model. The smaller di­men­sions and lighter body also means that the Z30t will fit in­side slim­mer bags, some­thing a lady user will cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate.

Un­der the hood, it packs a de­cent fourth­gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of RAM, In­tel HD Graph­ics 4400 and 256GB SSD stor­age. It houses an out­stand­ing 52Wh Lithium Ion bat­tery promis­ing ex­tended bat­tery life, with Toshiba claim­ing up to 10 hours.

The Portege Z30t comes with a de­cently spaced chi­clet-style key­board with a blue point­ing stick re­sid­ing among the square keys. The key­board pro­vides good feed­back and the lay­out is pretty sim­i­lar to the oth­ers, ex­cept for the ded­i­cated PrtSc but­ton.

Like the Dell Lat­i­tude E7440, there are left and right click but­tons im­me­di­ately below the space­bar to fa­cil­i­tate easy nav­i­ga­tion us­ing the point­ing stick. There are two raised lines on the track­pad that guide you to the click­ing ar­eas at the bot­tom. South of the track­pad is a hor­i­zon­tal sil­ver piece hous­ing the fin­ger­print reader and three in­di­ca­tor lights - bat­tery/charg­ing, power on/off and read/write. We feel that the in­di­ca­tor lights are at an odd po­si­tion as, in­stead of re­sid­ing near the screen where users will look most of­ten, they are near your chest, and might even be ob­structed from view if you are a lefty.

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