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Toshiba Portégé Ultrabook Pricing Revealed

David Gilbert


Toshiba Protege Z830

Toshiba has revealed the pricing for its assault on the Ultrabook market with the entry level Toshiba Portégé costing £899.

We first got our hands-on the Toshiba Portégé Z830 last September at the IFA trade show and were deeply impressed with the remarkably thin and light laptop. All we needed to find out was whether Toshiba could get the pricing right and it has now revealed said pricing for the UK.

Toshiba Protege Z830

The Toshiba UK website offers three configurations of the Portégé Z830, with the entry-level model costing £899. For that you’ll get an Core i3 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM and Windows Home 7 Premium 64-bit.

Add in Windows 7 Professional and the price jumps to £969 and boost the processor to a Core i5 and you‘ll be paying £1,099 with all the other specs remaining the same. There’s no sign so far of the Core i7 option we heard about at IFA.

The website doesn’t state when the Toshiba Portégé Z830 will be available, but we’ve spoken previously to a source at Intel who told us that all current Ultrabooks would be on the shelves in the UK by the end of this month.

Toshiba Protege Z830

So has Toshiba got the pricing right? It’s hard to say. There is no doubt that the Portégé is an impressive piece of kit but at £899 for a Core i3-powered laptop, this may be too much of an outlay.

With the Asus Zenbook UX21 priced at £849, it seems as if all Ultrabook manufacturers are all coming in at around the same price, but we remain hopeful that one will take a stand and go for some aggressive pricing rather than following the crowd.

What do you think of the pricing of the Portégé? Will you be putting in an order? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Toshiba UK


November 4, 2011, 5:55 pm

These prices are way higher than they could be, because every manufacturer is jumping on the premium bandwagon. First Apple makes a product everyone wants but won't pay Apple prices for, then everyone else imitates it at a slightly cheaper price. It's tablets all over again.

I recall Intel extolling the budget credentials of their new Ultrabook concept. I bought into that, hopeful that we'd finally see portable laptops at a mainstream price. Should have known better, really.


November 4, 2011, 7:11 pm

That's an outrageous price for an i3 laptop. Are they actually expecting people to opt for this over the i5 macbook air at the same price? Ok you get less RAM but still.

The equivalent 4GB setup version of the Air is £50 away from Toshiba's i5 version. I just can't see anyone opting for this.

If you wanted an i3 you could save a couple of hundred quid and get a Viao SB. If you want an i5 for a similar price you can get a MacBook Air.

Alan Edwards47c

November 8, 2011, 6:15 pm

Did anyone else notice that those prices are ex-VAT? Over £1000 for an i3??

That i3 is a bit weedy too, it has hyperthreading but doesn't turbo at all.

I, personally, wouldn't take any of the current Ultrabooks over a MacBook Air. The Z830 would be a close runner, but not with that i3, and no way would I pay near-Apple money for an Asus or Acer.

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