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Toshiba Portege Z930 – AV, Performance, Value and Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Screen

Unfortunately, the screen on the Z930 is also still the same 1,366 x 768 TN affair as on the Toshiba Satellite Z830. While we love its matt finish and even backlighting, viewing angles are severely compromised by contrast shift and it’s not overly bright.

For business use it’s just fine, but trying to share a movie might be problematic. If you’re after a super-light Ultrabook with a quality screen, the Samsung Series 9 900X3B is still the one to go for.

Speakers

Toshiba has a tradition of providing its laptops with some of the best speakers going but, like its predecessor, the Z930 doesn’t hold up here. Though they do go louder than those of most Ultrabooks and sport Dolby Advanced Audio processing, these examples lack bass and distort even at medium volumes.

Toshiba Portege Z930 7

Performance

We’re seeing ever more Ultrabooks that come in various configurations, but Toshiba’s Portege and Satellite models are still some of the most flexible. Our Portege Z930-108 came with a Core i7 backed by 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

PCMark 07

General: 5805

Entertainment: 4422

The Intel i7-3667U is a dual-core CPU that runs at 2GHz by default but can clock up to 3.2GHz. It will happily tear through any workload you would care to throw at it, and is generally as much power as you can expect to see on a slim 13-inch ultraportable like the Toshiba Portege Z930. Power users will also appreciate a whopping (for an Ultrabook) 8GB of RAM.

Gaming

TrackMania Nations Forever (average fps, 720p, Medium Detail)

48.3

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat (average fps, 720p, Medium Detail)

28

Where gaming is concerned, Intel’s integrated HD4000 graphics as found in its Ivy Bridge generation actually let you play undemanding titles in the laptop’s native resolution at reasonable frame rates, though feeding it a remotely demanding game like Crysis will still result in a slideshow. This is the only area where performance is significantly better than the Satellite/Portege Z830

Battery

MobileMark

(40 percent screen brightness, wireless radios disabled, mixed productivity)

443 minutes

It’s no surprise to see battery life yet again follow in the footsteps of the Z930’s predecessor, giving us just three minutes more in the same test. This puts Toshiba’s Portege Z930 at a grand total of seven hours and 23 minutes, which is impressive by Ultrabook standards – though the new HP Sleekbook based on AMD’s low voltage platform beats it with a full hour more.

Value

Our specific Toshiba Portege Z930-108 will set you back a rather stiff £1,400, which seems hideously overpriced until you take into account its integrated 3G. However, you can get the ‘regular’ Core i5/4GB version sans 3G for under £980.

Unless 3G is essential or you need that zippier CPU and extra memory, we would consider a different business Ultrabook, maybe from Lenovo, HP or Dell. They might not be as light or last quite as long, but a model like the TPM-equipped previous-gen Folio 13 can be had for a mere £650…

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Meanwhile if you’re a consumer, the latest Samsung Series 9 NP900X4 (essentially the Samsung Series 9 900X3B updated with Ivy Bridge and better specs) can be had for £1,080 with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a far superior screen. It’s also a far prettier and more sturdy machine with better usability and connectivity placement.

Verdict

The Toshiba Portege Z930 might be the lightest 13in laptop in the world - which is undeniably impressive - but it’s not the prettiest or the best. Admittedly there’s not an awful lot of choice when it comes to business-capable Ultrabooks, especially ones also equipped with 3G. But too much about this model has stayed the same as its predecessor, including somewhat awkward connectivity, a mediocre typing experience, and its average screen… Ultrabooks have moved on.

Meanwhile for consumers, there would appear to be little reason to pick the virtually identical Toshiba Satellite Z930 unless the price is significantly lower than, for example, the latest Samsung Series 9.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Value 7

Abdullah Shaimoon

January 30, 2013, 6:58 am

for 13.3 Ultrabook 1366 x 768 is very poor., even my 11.6 Acer 722 has the same resolution. so whats the point of having an Ultrabook. It should be 1600 x 1200 or 1280 x 900

Feather Capman

February 26, 2013, 10:20 pm

I agree. The displays are pretty bad on many of these.

Robert Fildes

March 14, 2013, 11:56 pm

Good to use. But the display stopped working within a few months despite being used responsibly. toshiba denied responsibility. Don't buy.

Adhi Pradana

March 19, 2013, 3:06 pm

good luck for toshiba, cause this product is nice.

G. Luigi Rota

June 23, 2013, 1:10 pm

My first impressions have been love at first sight: the look, the
feel, the weight, the speed... Amazing, really! The SSD is great and
makes the laptop wake up lightning fast.

Now for the cons...
After one week of having the unit the display driver acted up twice
while watching videos. I find this is unacceptable for a machine of this
pedigree. It also seems to get very hot at times, and mind you I live
in an environment where the room temperature is in the 60-70F temp range
- wonder how it works in a hotter environment?!

After 3
months the display keeps acting up, the machine has become sluggish,
the 100MB SSD drive (NOT 128 as advertised) fills up in a heartbeat and
now the keyboard has been acting up as well, with the spacebar not
responding as it should. I have had 3 (excellent) Toshiba laptops prior
to this, and I can say that this is by far the greatest deception I have
had, especially considering how much it cost.

I have contacted customer service and they have asked me to send the laptop back. Recall???

Chriso

July 22, 2013, 3:04 pm

Despite being a long term Toshiba user, I have to agree with other comments about reliability. Solid state drive gave up the ghost (Toshiba repaired under warranty), then the screen failed despite no obvious misuse or accident. Toshiba denied warranty on the screen. It also has the noisiest fan I've ever heard on a laptop. Yes, it's light and looks great, but reliability is a problem and eagerness to deny liability lets the product down.

Filipe Valente

November 19, 2013, 5:36 pm

Also had issues with the screen. It just failed without any obvious misuse. Although only having 2 months Toshiba denied warranty and asked for 300 EUR to replace the screen.
That was my very first and last Toshiba.

Andaleeb

May 13, 2014, 9:33 am

Does Toshiba Potege has touch screen feature ??

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