Toshiba prices up Portégé Ultrabook
Pro, consumer models on offer
Toshiba's first Ultrabook - the Portégé Z830; see our eyes-on, launched during September's IFA consumer electronics show - will finally go on sale this month.
The skinny machine will come with a choice of low-voltage Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, up to 6GB of DDR 3 memory, Intel's integrated HD GMA 3000 graphics core, and a 128GB solid-state drive.
Your £1078-1319 (depending on spec) inc VAT outlay will get you 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and a 1.3Mp webcam.
So far, so like any other 13in laptop. No, the Z830's real stand-out feature is its 8.3-15.9mm thickness and 1.12kg weight.
The claimed battery is a reasonable eight hours.
Toshiba will also release a consumer-centric version, the Satellite Z830, which comes in at £899 or £999, depending on whether you want an i3-2367M CPU and 4GB of Ram, or an i5-2467M and 6GB of memory. ®
Close but still worse than it's main competitor
Yes, it's lovely, lovely, lovely.. yet it's screen still doesn't match up to the MacBook Air's 1440x900... who did they think the competition was with, Packard Bell? This machine costs a grand for goodness sake.
With a forced widescreen aspect then the important bit is the vertical resolution and 768 looks pretty poor compared to the 900 of the Air.
Yea, but it is a Sony VILE.
er, yes, it is less weight
"sure, its slightly "thinner" but not really less weight..."
Er, yes, it's less weight. The SA weighs 1.61kg, or nearly half as much again as this.
To get a Vaio in the same weight class you need to go to the 2011 Z, which weighs 1.17kg, nearly exactly the same. It's a lot more powerful than Ultrabooks, but costs just about exactly twice as much.