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: 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