Toshiba has just announced a new ultrabook series, this is the Toshiba Portege Z830 series and if you check out the official press release you will see that Toshiba are marketing these models towards people who want “Supreme Portability and Enhanced Functionality at Affordable Price”.
We are told that prices will start at under $1000, however as you would expect there will be plenty of upgrade options available to you – all variants will feature 2nd generation Intel Core processors, weigh less than 2.5 pounds and are just 15.9mm thick, we are told that this makes the Z830 series 40% thinner and 20% lighter than the popular R830 series. You can see just how compact the design is below.
We do not have a full breakdown of technical specs for different price brackets, however we can confirm that that the 2nd-gen Intel Core processors will be backed up with DDR3 RAM and solid-state drive options. When we hear more regarding tech specs we will keep you posted – you may be able to gain a little more insight here. The image below appears to show 2 x USB ports on the back of the laptop (one of which appears to be USB 3.0), also there is HDMI-out, an Ethernet port and VGA-out. Other images also show a memory card slot (SD), standard headphone and microphone jacks and a built-in webcam.
In terms of features worth mentioning we were impressed by the spill-resistant LED backlit keyboard, its Hi-Speed Start technology (fast boot up) and USB Sleep & Charge technology – also the laptop’s stereo speakers should sound great thanks to Wave Audio’s enhanced audio technology.
The Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook will become available in November and as previously mentioned prices should start at below $1000, we like the design, however until we hear more specifics we can’t really tell you whether the Z830 will be value for money, we will have to keep you posted.