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Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U review

An excellent ultraportable, but not the best you can buy

Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

While the outward appearance of the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U might not stray far from the ultrabook mould, that's no bad thing. Ultrabooks look sexy, and you can tell one just by looking at it.

At 16mm wide, it's only slightly thicker than the Acer Aspire S3 and the Asus Zenbook, but it weighs a light and airy 1.1kg. Toshiba has opted for a muted silver brushed aluminium finish and a solid black isolation-style keyboard.

Unfortunately, the chassis isn't anywhere near as firm as the Asus Zenbook UX31 or the Lenovo Ideapad U400, and we found there was some pretty obvious flex on the screen and around the keyboard. While this adversely affects the build quality in our opinion, it's difficult to fault the machine's build too much when it weighs so much less than the other ultrabooks.

Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

Toshiba has shunned any kind of reflective coating for the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U's 13.3-inch screen. The trade-off is a slight lack of richness when watching a movie or looking at pictures. It's not a major cause for concern, though, as the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution is still detailed enough to play 720p high definition movies.

The keyboard fares much better, however, and feels both strong and spacious. It was also reassuring to find function and arrow keys that haven't been squashed into the corners of the chassis. But special mention must go to the touchpad, which has a slightly tougher texture than the rest of the chassis and is extremely responsive. You also have two solid click buttons beneath that are firm and expertly weighted.

Where the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U can also lay some serious kudos down is on the speaker side. Twin vents at the front of the laptop give stereo sound, backed up with a subwoofer underneath the chassis. This produces a rounded sound which is bolstered by the impressive volume you can get from this laptop if you push the dial up.

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One of the big selling points of the Asus Zenbook was the integrated speakers, and we feel the Toshiba is certainly able to keep up here.

Connectivity on the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U is a real highlight, and Toshiba has included several ports on the back of the laptop - a distribution choice that has fallen out of favour recently. This gives you three USB ports, one of which is the newer USB 3.0 connection.

This is one more USB port than both the Acer Aspire S3 and the Asus Zenbook can offer, and the Satellite Z830-10U is also the only ultrabook we've seen that boasts an Ethernet port.

If you want to extend the display, you can use the VGA or HDMI ports to hook the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U up to an HD TV or external monitor.

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