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

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