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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: Oh hell no
By corduroygt on 9/1/2011 12:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
So what? MB Air's weren't competitive back then, but they are now. Regardless of your personal views, the thin and light buying public put an importance on having a good touchpad, a backlit keyboard, and a good quality screen.


RE: Oh hell no
By Apone on 9/2/2011 1:07:34 AM , Rating: 1
What do you mean so what? You just said it takes more than fancy specs to (apparently) dethrone the end-all & be-all of ultraportable computers (MB-Air) and now you're saying the public just puts an importance on having a good touchpad, backlit keyboard and good quality screen? So then, what else does it take? Should Toshiba slap an Apple-ish logo on the cover to get noticed?

Mac users are so blinded by perceived value that you ignore the big picture. For example, what is up with $200 for an 8GB RAM configuration on a Macbook Pro? Nevermind that DDR3 RAM is dirt-cheap right now ($40-$50 for 8GB on Newegg). Also, why the standard slow 5400rpm hard drives? 5400rpm speed drives are from 2005 and Apple is gonna' ask for $100 more for an industry-standard 7200rpm speed HDD upgrade? And yet you're gonna' pitch Apple's apparent penchant for cutting-edge hardware? Really?


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