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

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.  This observation can again be seen with drives of different manufacturers that utilize similar components within and have very similar specifications.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual ‘true to life’ testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.

TOSHIBA Z830 SSD RESULTS AND COMPARISON

Surprisingly enough, the Toshiba SSD pulled out of Vantage testing with a high of 20912 total points which was higher than we expected but seems to match things around the web.  Life was different with the Runcore SATA 3 SSD installed and we reached a score of 32647 total points, this on a SSD which has been in use sporadically for several months and one that we didn’t reset to new.  We were impressed, especially since its scoring jumped into the SATA 3 range which is what we wanted to see.

RUNCORE T50 SSD

TOSHIBA SSD

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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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