Samsung Toshiba LG Ultrabook Shootout – CES 2012 Post Update

LG Z330 ULTRABOOK

I have to admit that I never believed this ultra could make our top three prior to CES, however, having had it in my hands and being able to get a firsthand preview, it deserves its place amongst our top three. I have never been a fan of configuration stickers that we often see on so many notebooks and, in fact, the word ‘Ultrabook’ on the LG almost made me run.

The LG Z330 is available in silver or black, weighs in at 2.7 lbs and is just over .6″ thick.  I loved the look of this 1366×768 glossy screen and its ‘edge to edge’ appearance and it is available in Intel Core i5 or i7 configurations with 4GB ram and Intel HD 3000 graphics.  The Z330 does not have the port availability that we saw in the Toshiba and one thing that I still believe is a must have is an Ethernet port.  In the last three hotels, as well as CES, I have made good use of plug in internet for one reason or another.  As a point of note, some early previews have stated that this unit has no SD card availability when, in fact it has a min-SD slot on the right side as seen in our picture below.

What the Z330 does have, however, are claims of a 9.9 second start up along with an OCZ ‘Kilamanjaro’ based SSD of up to 256GB in capacity that runs at SATA 3 speeds. For those new to the SSD world, there are very high hopes for this particular SSD controller which has been a joint development effort of OCZ and Marvell.  Early predictions place this easily ahead of the pack to be the highest performing mSATA SSD available in the 256GB capacity, a capacity which has yet to be seen in such a small form factor.

Pricing and availability dates have yet to be released which limits our final recommendation of the Z330, however, this ultra feels as solid as the Toshiba in your hands and SATA 3 speeds are something that we have only seen advertised in the Asus Zenbook thus far.  The advertised memory max of 4GB could be a simple misprint as we have seen this prior and we would have to get a unit open to make final analysis, however, 4GB of integrated RAM would not fare well for many users today.  We are hoping that, like the Toshiba, there is 2GB integrated which allows for a module of 4GB bringing the user total to 6GB of memory.

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