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.
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.
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