Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U review

An excellent ultraportable, but not the best you can buy

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Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

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Batter Eater: 205 minutes

The Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U is the more advanced ultrabook of the two Satellite Z830s that Toshiba has produced, boasting an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD hard drive.

The second model, the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10T, manages a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM with the same 128GB SSD, but is £100 cheaper, at £899. The difference is negligible, but opting for the 10U will afford you that extra level of future-proofing, especially given the silhouette of Intel's next generation Ivy Bridge processors beginning to form on the horizon.

Performance shows here, and the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U can proudly take its place in the ultrabook ranks. We timed starting up from sleep mode to Windows at seven seconds, and from total shutdown at 25 seconds, which is well within Intel's specifications for ultrabook status.

Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

The extra RAM keeps the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system on its toes, and multiple applications running at once.

Although the Sandy Bridge CPU has a built-in graphics rendering chip - the Intel HD 3000 - it's not quite up to Battlefield 3 levels of visual mastery. You'll be able to use the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U for some light gaming or working on Photoshop or Dreamweaver, but the most recent games and editing suites will struggle.

However, one sour point of using the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U is Toshiba's insistence on including bloatware from the get-go. A couple of antivirus samples, some music and games programs, Toshiba warranty registration and BBC iPlayer, Skype and Ebay apps all contribute to a cluttered start-up that users can easily do without.

Toshiba satellite z830 10u review

Of course, part of the appeal of the ultrabook is the portability, and this wouldn't be the case without an impressive battery life. Thankfully the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U will keep you going through an entire day at the office.

Toshiba quotes an eight hour battery life, and our own extreme stress tests, involving a battery draining program and looped high definition video, gave us a respectable score of 205 minutes. We're pretty confident that the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U would be able to survive a full day of real-world usage on just the battery.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
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
Product ModelZ830-10Q
Product NamePortege Z830-10Q Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePortege
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT225E-00F00DEN
Manufacturer Website Address
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