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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 rage33 on 9/1/2011 12:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Ok, so lightpeak is faster than USB 3. It sure is a lot more expensive too! You'll spend $50 per cable on your device--hope you won't need a spare or have multiple devices. This is another way for apple to control who gets to make accessories and price gouge. Though, their loyal following will buy whatever they throw out.

RE: Sorry...
By DING on 9/1/2011 12:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
You'll spend $50 per cable on your device

<sarcasm>If you want the best quality signal you need the $500 Monster cable</sarcasm>

RE: Sorry...
By Dr of crap on 9/1/2011 12:32:44 PM , Rating: 1

Where can I get that cable for $500?
I just have to much cash so I NEED to spend it needlessly, you know on things like with the eaten apple on it!

RE: Sorry...
By Shadowself on 9/1/2011 9:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, no matter who you get a Thunderbolt cable from in the next few months it will be about $50. That's because it is a smart cable with chips at each end.

This cable cost is not excessive for cables for comparable speed connections. Please note that Thunderbolt has TWO 10 Gbps full duplex links in the same connection/cable for an aggregate throughput of 20 Gbps full duplex. Cables supporting comparable bandwidths under other protocols are in the same ballpark for price.

If (as I've said elsewhere here) Intel puts Thunderbolt in their chipsets and Thunderbolt becomes ubiquitous then the price of the cables will drop radically. You'll probably never be able to by 99 cent Thunderbolt cables, but for 20 Gbps full duplex even a $5 cable is a bargain.

If Intel never puts Thunderbolt into any of its chipsets Apple will have another QuickRing on its hands.

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