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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 DING on 9/1/2011 1:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
Here, objective proof that it's far better than anything else in the 13" and smaller range:

I agree that the MBA screen is good but you said that the toshiba screen is garbage. The only reason why I replied is because you made such a blanket statement about screen quality and max resolution.

Now, you've obviously looked into LCD screen quality a bit more but you haven't even seen any reviews on the toshiba screen yet to warrant any judgement call on the toshiba screen.

Even if a direct comparison has determined that the MBA screen quality is better than the one on the toshiba laptop, your judgement call before was made strictly based on emotion rather than fact.

This is what I am addressing. I am not addressing whether the MBA or the Toshiba screen is better.

RE: Sorry...
By bigboxes on 9/1/2011 5:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
But... but... it just... costs more. It must be better. Please, Holy Steve above, make the blind see, the wicked clean and the lost Windows users see the light! Can I get an AMEN?

RE: Sorry...
By siberus on 9/2/2011 12:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
Imen brother!!

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