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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: tony swash
By Smilin on 9/2/2011 4:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
Are you really saying that the ultra-cool person is never going to end up where there is no wireless network access?

Not often enough to lug a backpack around, no. At home where your adapter is already sitting perhaps, or in a hotel where your bags are already at. WiFi is everywhere.

They are handy to have.... after all don't any of you have cameras, phones, or the like that has a SD card?
All those same devices have a USB connector. My phone syncs photos via 3G/Wifi. Full disclosure: I actually do have an SDcard reader in one of my laptops but I've never plugged anything into it.

I don't like using the mouse pad, I like the wireless mouse better.

I f'n hate the pad on laptops and the stupid one button (pseudo multibutton) mouse on the Macs. Had you pulled that into your list of complaints then we would have agreed. Nonetheless it's not necessary to have a mouse and the Apple multi-touchpad is well suited to that OS

RE: tony swash
By tng on 9/2/2011 8:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
WiFi is everywhere.
No, not really, maybe in all the places you visit. For me, no, or at least not a wi-fi access that I can log on to. It is becoming common, but I would still perfer to have the option of having a choice, just in case.
All those same devices have a USB connector.
Yes, but at the same time, I don't like to carry the USB to Mini-USB with me at all times and it is easy to just pull the card and transfer files without having to go through the hassle of finding and hooking up the cable, or having to deal with some third party software that is the only access to the device via USB.

Also on the one button mouse, can't agree with you more. Also in full disclosure, I have a friend that got a new MBA for his birthday and yes it really is a cool device, but I would still take the equivalent MS device.

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