Toshiba should know a thing or two about skinny, featherweight laptops. Back in 2007, the company unveiled the Portege R500, a 2.4-pound laptop measuring what was then an anorexic 0.77 inches (19.6mm) thick. Much to everyone’s disbelief, it managed to squeeze in an optical drive.
Fast forward four years and it’s entering the Ultrabook market with the Portege Z830 (that’s the Z835 if you get it at Best Buy). And here comes the déjà vu: it’s even lighter than the competition, at 2.47 pounds, but still houses a full suite of ports, including USB 3.0 and 2.0, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet. It also promises more than eight hours of battery life, besting claims made by the likes of Apple, Acer and ASUS. Not to mention, with a price of $ 800 (Best Buy only), it undercuts competing models — and at a time when every other Ultrabook seems to have some fatal flaw, whether it be a flaky touchpad or skimpy battery life. Clearly, there’s lots of room here for something more carefully thought-out. So is Toshiba’s Portege know-how just what the market needs? Let’s see.
Gallery: Toshiba Portege Z835 review
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