Toshiba Portege Z830 13.3″ Ultrabook Laptop Review – Toshiba Creates One Amazing SSD Ultrabook!

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible.  When testing SSDs such as the OCZ Octane where there is no compression utilized in storage, test results for both compressible and incompressible data are strikingly similar.  The Runcore T50 SSD is on the left with the Toshiba on the right.As we can see, there is a significant difference between the Runcore T50 SATA 3 ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD and that of Toshibas SATA 2 SSD.  We were actually quite shocked at the sub-par performance of the Toshiba which is why we elected to test it in the Z830 and then subsequently on our test bench.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.64

Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it tests in the ‘worst case scenario’ for the most part with incompressible data.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

RUNCORE T50 SSD

TOSHIBA SSD

Once again, it is safe to remind all that the average user will never see any difference between the Toshiba SSD and any other but they are going to see a significant difference in their move up from a hard drive.  Here are a few pictures of the original packaging as received and our first look.

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Nandelbosc
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Nandelbosc

Can you try to boot with a Ubuntu Live CD and test the hardware? 😉

Taylor
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Taylor

Looks really nice. Did you notice while sliding it into your portfolio it appears the screen or the partwhere it meets, is cracked, based on looking at the first picture. Also how does a 13.3 laptop fit into a 11″ portfolio?

Carl
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Carl

It is clearly cracked. That is not good.

Les@TheSSDReview
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I noticed that as well when I posted and enlarged the pik. It is the light and not cracked in any way shape or form. I have examined it a hundred times including just now again and I cannot replicate that shot. It is a perfectly smooth edge and sealed shut.

Nandelbosc
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Nandelbosc

I finally bought this ultrabook and installed Linux Mint 12. Works fantastic! http://www.linlap.com/wiki/toshiba+portege+z830-10f

RoditoreLeo
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RoditoreLeo

That’s really good news! How is the battery life with linux mint?

Leyra
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Leyra

Just bought this ultrabook (Portege Z830) 3 days ago. I’m truly satisfied with the overall performance, but what really dissapoint me is that the running battery life is only 3 hours, as opposed to what they claimed 5-7 hours. If I just ON the notebook without doing anything then i can get 6 hours. AND this is running with eco-mode being switch on.

tyti
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tyti

Is this laptop cover come in the box?

Les@TheSSDReview
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NO laptop cover is included.

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