Manufacturers are still trying to work
out final details on pricing for Intel-based Ultrabooks, but the devices
are on the way. For those that like the form-factor and weight on Apple's highly popular MacBook Air range, but can't be bothered with Apple’s pricing or OS X, Toshiba
is serving up a fine alternative with the Portege Z830.
Toshiba has worked some serious magic on the Portege Z830 as
it manages to incorporate a 13.3" display (1366x768) and second generation Intel
Core processors into a frame weighing in at under 2.5 pounds. Part of the low
weight can be attributed to the Portege Z830's magnesium alloy body.
Although Toshiba won't tell us how fast the processors are
in the Portege Z830, the specs are quite amazing. It will come with a 128GB
SSD, backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port,
GbE port, Secure Digital reader, HDMI-out, and stereo speakers.
to Engadget, the notebook
features an 8-cell battery, can be equipped with up to 6GB of DDR3 memory, and will
have an optional Core i7 processor upgrade available.
"The Portégé Z830 Series sets a new standard for thin
and light systems, not just in portability, but also in affordability for such
cutting-edge designs," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product
development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products
Division. "Toshiba's engineering achievements and expert craftsmanship
have resulted in a brilliant and fully thought-through innovation that exceeds
expectations, perfect for both mobile business professionals and
And keeping with Intel's mandate, the 0.63"-thin
Portege Z830 will start at under $1,000 (we're guessing $999) when it launches later this year. That would make
the lighter, better-spec'd Toshiba Ultrabook $300 cheaper than the entry-level
13" MacBook Air.
quote: That manilla envelope stunt was sheer stupidity
quote: You realize though that you can fit lots of laptops into a manila envelope. They would bulge outwards but technically it would still be a laptop in an envelope.
quote: The question is who cares? you need a bag to carry a laptop.
quote: Toshiba's Portege Z830 is cheaper, lighter, and better equipped than Apple's 13" MacBook Air
quote: An ultraportable user is wireless, not some circa-1999 ethernet user.
quote: SDCard reader...yeah not sure how they get by without one of those...ohwait I don't own one so yes I do.
quote: no need to carry an extra mouse.
quote: Are you really saying that the ultra-cool person is never going to end up where there is no wireless network access?
quote: They are handy to have.... after all don't any of you have cameras, phones, or the like that has a SD card?
quote: I don't like using the mouse pad, I like the wireless mouse better.
quote: WiFi is everywhere.
quote: All those same devices have a USB connector.
quote: Quit making it sound like Apple is on the frontier of technology
quote: Welch said Apple informed Intel that it better drastically slash its power consumption or would likely lose Apple’s business. “It was a real wake-up call to us,” he said.
quote: Welch: We don't have any set opinion on materials or design elements. Different materials pose different challenges. Machined aluminum is great but it isn't cheap. People are looking at fiberglass, carbon fiber, and metal reinforced plastics.
quote: As the cost of purchasing a CNC lathe is rather expensive, it has created a high threshold for competitors to join. Currently, Taiwan-based Catcher Technology and Foxconn Technology both have more than 10,000 CNC lathes for metal chassis production.Since the two players are already the suppliers of Apple, ultrabook players will need to compete for the remaining capacity from the two firms, leaving players unable to fully ship enough devices.
quote: Unfortunately, the pre-production model we played with lacked the company's honeycomb ribbed internals, so we can't make assumptions on rigidity or how sturdy it'll be. The company did assure us that it was aware of the Ultrabook's squishy nature, and that production units would be much more rigid. Regardless, we were smitten with the Z830's thickness (or lack thereof) and its comely magnesium skin, which compares favorably to the existing thin and light champion, the MacBook Air.
quote: And I find it insulting they're advertising the MB-Air as having high resolution when high-resolution is really 1680 x 1080 or 1920 x 1080.
quote: Some fence sitters, people who've considered buying a MacBook Air to run Windows, will buy this rather than the Air. That's what, .1% of Mac buyers.
quote: That's....almost hysterical. Apple dictating power requirements to Intel? That's like Dolly Parton saying she lectured her DollyWood staff on gay-rights sensitivity after the T-shirt scandal.Where's Apple going to go? Motorola? How about back to IBM so we can laugh about how the G5 is "4x faster than Intel platforms" - S Jobs.
quote: the Portege Z830 (christ who names these things)
quote: People get the higher 1600x900 resolution by far. 768p is woefully inadequate to do any real work.
quote: I'd be willing to pay $300 to get a better screen than the 16:9 1366x768 GARBAGE they put into 13.3" laptops.
quote: Here, objective proof that it's far better than anything else in the 13" and smaller range: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4528/the-2011-macboo...
quote: While all the other manufacturers are adopting a turd interconnect called USB3
quote: USB2 was 480 Mbit/s. 480 Mbits / 8 = 60 MB/s. Yet it barely manages 30 MB/s. *half* of the limit. Firewire 800 on the other hand gets real world 75 MB/s out of a theoretical 80 MB/s. Far better utilization.
quote: That's why they're so fast. DMA beats PIO mode every time, period.
quote: And next time I refresh my gear, it'll all be Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is way way better than USB 3.0. While all the other manufacturers are adopting a turd interconnect called USB3, Apple is adopting something faster and better - Thunderbolt.
quote: You'll spend $50 per cable on your device
quote: Windows either cost $5000 or they just plain suck and don't work well.
quote: I don't know where you are getting your software from but I have never paid more then 50 dollars for software and none of my software is crappy. It always runs great and does what I need it to when I need it to.
quote: *nix geeks are ignorant, arrogant douchebags who look downt their noses at everyone and like to pretend that Windows and OSX haven't changed at all since the 90s
quote: I just finished my first year of computer science, and my profs opened my eyes man. Only sheeple use Windows, the open source revolution is upon us and you'd better get on board or get left behind.
quote: You've bought into all their marketing materials
quote: you'll continue to shovel money at Microsoft
quote: eat up each new OS turd they release