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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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By Argon18 on 9/1/2011 11:47:48 AM , Rating: -1
The new toshiba does look nice. Too bad it'll be crippled with Windows. Although if they use decent hardware that is compatible with Linux, it may make for a nice Macbook Air alternative.




RE: toshiba
By kleinma on 9/1/2011 12:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah too bad it will be "crippled" with the OS that runs most computers in the world, and runs more applications than any other OS out there. Crippled for sure...


RE: toshiba
By Argon18 on 9/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: toshiba
By Pirks on 9/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: toshiba
By cjohnson2136 on 9/1/2011 2:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
Mad much... lol


RE: toshiba
By themaster08 on 9/1/2011 3:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you, Pirks for making my day. That was hilarious!


RE: toshiba
By Smilin on 9/1/2011 3:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
OMFG dude that cracked me up.


RE: toshiba
By bigboxes on 9/1/2011 5:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
Alright, that made me laugh Pirks. *still laughing*


RE: toshiba
By Argon18 on 9/1/2011 7:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
Mircosoft fanboi's make me lol with their anger. Go play with your .EXE and .DLL and autoexec.bat tinkertoys, Windows boy.


RE: toshiba
By themaster08 on 9/2/2011 2:22:35 AM , Rating: 2
Pot, meet Kettle.


RE: toshiba
By Smilin on 9/2/2011 4:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
You switched to Apple in the 90s didn't you?


RE: toshiba
By Argon18 on 9/1/2011 7:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
Did you take a break from sucking Bill Gates Powerpoint to write that? Don't forget to play with his .DLL's. He likes it when you play with the DLL's. lol.


RE: toshiba
By Pirks on 9/2/2011 9:25:30 AM , Rating: 2
Keep riding your pet penguin's ass and eating Richard Stallman's feet, don't get distracted by me.


RE: toshiba
By cjohnson2136 on 9/1/2011 2:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Windows either cost $5000 or they just plain suck and don't work well.


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.


RE: toshiba
By DING on 9/1/2011 2:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
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.


He's talking about Windows Server 2008 as he is comparing server OSes. The cost of $5000 is correct.


RE: toshiba
By borismkv on 9/1/2011 5:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah...5000 bucks for Windows 2008 Datacenter...for 4 processors (Not cores, processors) may cost 5000 bucks. But that's beside the point. The argument that there are more servers using *nix is highly dependant on which method you use for determining. There are more *nix servers running in the publicly accessible space, but many more Windows servers are shipped with the OS installed than *nix. Windows outsells every brand of commercial *nix OS available by a long shot.

Besides, most of the *nix software available is pure garbage. I'll take Exchange over Squirel Mail any day. Same goes for the other FOSS server systems as well.

The biggest reason that *nix is actually *losing* commercial market share and isn't going anywhere in the consumer space is largely due to people like the *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. Hell, more than half of the server uptime top 50 today are Windows 2003 servers. As a matter of fact, the FDIC won't allow Banks to use FOSS software because it's impossible to find quality support for it. You want support for a FOSS application? Find a forum and post something, hoping someone will be will to condescend long enough to give a straight answer. But don't expect to not be treated like a complete moron, cause it ain't gonna happen.


RE: toshiba
By Pirks on 9/2/2011 1:10:05 PM , Rating: 1
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
Yeah, Argon18 is the perfect example of such a fucked up Unix masturbating douchebag, even Tony Swash looks super duper smart compared to this fucking idiot.


RE: toshiba
By Smilin on 9/1/2011 3:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
Hyperbole much?


RE: toshiba
By lukarak on 9/2/2011 1:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if one can run both OSX and Windows, and one can only run Windows, it's pretty crippling. Especially for someone who has turned their entire ecosystem to Mac OS + Win and linux VM. Like me :D Which doesn't mean that i own a desktop mac.


RE: toshiba
By JDUC on 9/1/2011 12:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? What hardware isn't compatible with Linux?


RE: toshiba
By MrTeal on 9/1/2011 12:10:02 PM , Rating: 5
Translation:
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.


RE: toshiba
By kmmatney on 9/2/2011 2:52:25 AM , Rating: 2
Ha! HA! You must use Micro$oft Winblows! Microshaft Windoze sux!


RE: toshiba
By Argon18 on 9/2/2011 10:16:55 AM , Rating: 2
I finished my comp sci degree in 1977. When did you finish yours, son? I was a server admin before Microsoft even existed. I had a Linux server installed and running in 1994. Were you even born then? I almost feel sorry for you guys, trapped inside the Microsoft ecosystem, unable to escape. You've bought into all their marketing materials, and fallen for their scam, hook line and sinker. And you'll continue to shovel money at Microsoft and eat up each new OS turd they release, deluded into believing that it's "better". Like little lemmings all marching to the same tune. How sad.


RE: toshiba
By Pirks on 9/2/11, Rating: 0
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen














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