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Toshiba Portege Z830
Toshiba's Portege Z830 is cheaper, lighter, and better equipped than Apple's 13" MacBook Air

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.

According 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 consumers." 

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.

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RE: Sorry...
By corduroygt on 9/1/2011 11:40:07 AM , Rating: -1
Screen matters A LOT, and it's not only resolution, but viewing angles and colors. You don't need to be photo editing to notice it, even computer illiterate people notice when they have more room for their desktop windows.

I have used plenty of PC's with "multitouch" pads including my current one, none work as well as the ones on Macs.

Don't be a hater, I could care less about OSX, but the hardware on the MB Air is very good and usually equivalent PC hardware is just as expensive if not more.

RE: Sorry...
By quiksilvr on 9/1/2011 11:53:34 AM , Rating: 2
Screen QUALITY matters a lot. Resolution at these sizes don't.
1) You haven't used this laptop and have no idea what the color and quality of the screen is.
2) You spouted plastic being the skin when its clearly magnesium alloy.
3) You haven't used this touchpad yet to make any assumptions on its quality.

And as for PC equivalents:

11" equivalents in terms of hardware, the Lenovo Ideapad U160 and Asus UL20 do a handy job. And if you want a CPU equivalent, the Acer TimelineX does a handy job.

There are dozens of 13" superiors to the Macbook Air so all I'll say is go to Newegg and Amazon and see for yourself.

RE: Sorry...
By corduroygt on 9/1/2011 12:39:25 PM , Rating: 1
Check notebook forums which screen is the most popular option in the Sony Vaio SA (The only 13.3" laptop besides the more expensive Vaio Z and the MB Air that has more than 768p resolution). People get the higher 1600x900 resolution by far. 768p is woefully inadequate to do any real work. I have a 900p screen in my larger laptop and it's barely enough.

I have owned both the timeline X series and the UL30VT in the past. Their touchpads and chassis are garbage compared to the MB Air.

RE: Sorry...
By sviola on 9/1/2011 1:19:55 PM , Rating: 3
People get the higher 1600x900 resolution by far. 768p is woefully inadequate to do any real work.

Doing real work in a 13.3" laptop is terrible, no matter the screen resolution. It is good as a time-limited substitute on the road.

RE: Sorry...
By The0ne on 9/1/2011 3:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. But then again doing work on a heavy 17" laptop isn't all too fun either unless you're like me who loves using it a weight for a day walk or good hike :D

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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