Toshiba Satellite Z930 review

An Ultrabook upgrade suited to any travelling professional

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The Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X manages to offer an excellent balance between power and affordability. It's a very accomplished Ultrabook - thin, light and powerful enough to handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously. The star of the show is undoubtedly the Ivy Bridge processor, which helps to keep the performance in line with other Ultrabooks available on the market.

Toshiba hasn't really attempted anything different here, and erring on the side of caution is probably the best approach. The Satellite Z930-10X is well-built, and although we were, at first, put off by aspects of the usability, it quickly became an excellent laptop for working on the move.

We liked

As a work computer, the Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X benefits from the range of connections on offer. You have an Ethernet port for when 802.11n Wi-Fi isn't available, and the HDMI connection means you can attach an external monitor for more screen real estate. Similarly, the three USB ports also enable you to attach peripherals and accessories to boost the spec of this machine.

Toshiba hasn't changed the outward design of the chassis, but it remains perfectly functional when it comes to portability. At 20mm thick and weighing only 1.1kg, you can easily carry the Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X from home to the office every day without any trouble.

We disliked

When it comes to multimedia, this Ultrabook isn't as accomplished as some of the others we've reviewed recently. The screen is bright enough, but the lack of an HD+ resolution is noticeable when compared to other machines, and audio quality could be improved, too.

Final verdict

We were positive about Toshiba's first Ultrabook, and the Satellite Z930 is another shining example of how to maximise connectivity, design and value for money performance.

If you want an Ultrabook exclusively for entertainment then we'd recommend looking elsewhere, but as a mobile workstation, the Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X stands as an excellent purchase.


Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite Z930
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-3317U
ColourSteel Gray Metallic
Operating SystemWindows 8
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 5.0, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height15.9 mm
Width316 mm
Depth227 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesZ930
Product ModelZ930-13N
Product NameSatellite Z930-13N
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT23LE-00Y00PEN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory6 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Z930-13N
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year