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Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U review

An excellent ultraportable, but not the best you can buy

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Light and slim
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Impressive speakers
  • Good performance
  • Plenty of connectivity

Against

  • Flimsy screen
  • Too much bloatware
  • Boxy design
  • Quite pricey
  • Matt screen will disappoint some

If you wanted a stylishly light and powerful Toshiba laptop, you would immediately look to the Japanese company's Portege R830. That is, until you came across the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U, priced at £999 in the UK (the US price isn't yet available).

Toshiba's shiny entry into the ultrabook market will go up against the likes of the Acer Aspire S3 and the Asus Zenbook UX21.

These super light and thin laptops are already among us, and are aiming to take some of the limelight away from the Apple MacBook Air. Helped by chip manufacturer Intel, which laid out very specific price and performance requirements for manufacturers, the Ultrabook is set to become a common sight in 2012.

At its thickest point, the Satellite Z830-10U measures only 16mm across, but Toshiba has still packed in Sandy Bridge power and given us one of the best trackpads we've yet seen on an ultrabook. It's not without niggles, however, and we found parts of the chassis to be inferior to stronger machines such as the Asus Zenbook and the MacBook Air.

Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

The 13.3-inch Satellite Z830-10U is truly an ultrabook for the road. Giving us not only the lightest chassis we've yet seen, but also an excellent battery life, this could be the answer for frequent travellers who need a long-lasting machine full of performance for under £1,000.

Although this has the same 128GB solid state drive (SSD) that we've seen elsewhere, it offers better connectivity than other ultrabooks currently on the market. In what could quickly become its main selling point, the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U gives you three USB ports, of which one is USB 3.0, and an Ethernet connection - the only ultrabook to do so.

We enjoyed our time with the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U and looked past a couple of irritating points to find that it is certainly one of the ultrabooks you should be considering.

It sits alongside cheaper brother the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10T, which costs £899 in the UK or $849 in the US, while Toshiba's Portégé Z830 offers another ultrabook choice.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA
Product FamilyPortege Z830
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-2557M
ColourSteel Gray Metallic
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.12 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height15.9 mm
Width316 mm
Depth227 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesZ830
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelZ830-10Q
Product NamePortege Z830-10Q Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePortege
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT225E-00F00DEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed to offer the very latest in lightweight, mobile computing, these portable laptops are stylish, but pack all the power and features of products twice their size. The Portégé series demonstrates a perfect balance between function, style, weight and ultra-portability. All come equipped with Toshiba EasyGuard technologies, so they're tough and secure too.

Maximum Memory6 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Portege Z830-10Q Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year