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


Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, Apple and HP are all competing for a new marketplace that is about to take the laptop industry by storm.  Ultrabooks are not only being introduced at sub $1000 prices, but also, most contain solid state drives which offers the consumer a significantly faster computing experience. Whereas only three years ago premium laptops such as the Dell M1330 were being sold for as high as $3500, premium laptops that are faster and less than half the weight are NOW available for half the price.

At present, there are three competing ultraportable laptops sitting on our test bench and all but one available today have been examined at some point in the past few months.

Each has its own qualities and will appeal to its own audience, however, our goal was to find the absolute best system for our needs without favorites.

We have found that, and then some in the Toshiba Z830 Ultrabook, albeit it with our supercharged SATA 3 ‘SandForce Driven’ companion.  This laptop seems to overtake the crowd in just about every area.  It can only be described as ‘ultraslim’ and comparisons to other Ultrabooks show it to be as much as 1/2 lb lighter.

Unlike the rest, Toshiba Z Series Ultrabooks have found a way to keep all of the ports that one might see in a typical laptop.  We have the SD card slot, mic/headphone jacks, VGA port, power, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet plug in and then a USB 3.0 port on the right side to close things off.

Add to that the fact that EVERY system is shipped with a 128GB Toshiba SSD and they can be configured with several upgrades all the way up to this review unit which has the Intel Core i7 processor, 6GB RAM and Windows professional and Toshiba seems to have pressed all the right buttons since we can get the Satellite Z830/Portege Z835 well below $1000.


As much as the Toshiba Z830 is truly eye candy, it had to be capable of keeping up with our activities to be a part of our family.  It arrived last Friday.  We immediately configured it for our needs and headed out several hours down the road for a weekend meeting.  We arrived back at home base on Sunday, only to see me head out once again on Monday to which I now sit here on Wednesday in a hotel room typing away on the Z830.  I have given 3 presentations since Friday and can state first hand that the Z830 is truly ‘plugged in’.

Our selection of the Z830 seems to be the right choice, in that, it appears to be the most complete all around system available.  Last but not least, for me in any case, the system must be capable of easily fitting into my portfolio which eliminates the need for a laptop case.  Here’s a look at that once again! Click on the piks for a closeup…

Even as a website bought and paid for item, it wouldn’t be fair to deny the Toshiba Z830 with an award that it rightfully deserves!!!



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