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Toshiba Announces 13.3in Portégé Z830 Ultrabook

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Toshiba Protege Z830 Ultrabook

Check out our full hands-on with the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Series here

IFA, Berlin: Last May, when Intel announced a new type of laptop, the Ultrabook, it promised that more manufacturers would be coming in the autumn, and now here’s Toshiba with its offering.

The 13.in Toshiba Portégé Z830 Series will no doubt be looking to go head-to-head with the other Ultrabooks we’ve seen previously, like the Aspire 3951 from Acer, as well as the MacBook Air of course.

The Z830 comes encased in a magnesium and aluminum alloy shell and at its thinnest point measures just 16mm thick. Toshiba is claiming the Z830 is the world’s “lightest 13in platform” and weighs just 1.11kg, which just about puts it ahead of the 13in MacBook Air, Samsung Series 9 and the Sony Vaio Z.

Toshiba Protege Z830 Ultrabook

Despite this sleek form, Toshiba manages to cram in some decent connectivity. For your money you’ll get two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, VGA out, SD card reader, Ethernet, and HDMI, which is a lot more than most Ultrabooks. Oh and there’s a backlit keyboard.

Toshiba Protege Z830 Ultrabook

Inside, the Toshiba Portégé Z830 offers a range of Sandy Bridge silicon from i3, i5 and i7; integrated graphics and a range of SSD options. The 8 cell battery promises to give you 8 hours of battery life but of course we'll have to take Toshiba's figure with a pinch of salt.

The Toshiba Portégé Z830 will be available in November and will come with a base price of just under $1,000 in the US (we are awaiting UK pricing from Toshiba).

Toshiba Protege Z830 Ultrabook

We are on the floor at IFA to get some hands-on time with the Z830 and when we do, you’ll be the first to know what our first impressions are.

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ffrankmccaffery

September 2, 2011, 2:09 pm

So refreshing to see a new laptop from a leading manufacturer that isn't a complete rip off from a Macbook design unlike say from Lenovo, Samsung or Dell.

stelios

September 2, 2011, 3:31 pm

With respect to the UK pricing...I am afraid I can tell you the UK pricing...for some reason when it comes to electronic devices 1 US dollar automatically translates to 1 UK pound.

jingyeow

September 2, 2011, 9:40 pm

@Stelios - It's called VAT. With a weakened pound and the addition of VAT it's no surprise that the dollar price is so close to the £.

Sales tax in the US is between 5-10% and varies by state. It's 20% in the UK. If you compare the price of Apple products before VAT, there is something like a 5-8% difference.

Tony Walker

September 3, 2011, 1:36 am

If it has the same keyboard as the Portege R700/R830 then a lot of people will avoid this.

The keys have a reduced front to back size and are extremely difficult to hit singly even with my fairly thin fingers.

If you want a great keyboard in a light package then have a look at the Thinkpad X220. Spec it with the SIPS screen and it whups the other thin and lights.

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