The Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 is not going to win any beauty contests. We thought this business version of the Toshiba Satellite Z830 to be the least attractive of the ultrabooks we've tested recently, saved only from last place by the Lenovo X1.

However, there is much to admire in the Toshiba Portégé Z830-104, the only ultrabook we've seen to sport full-sized ethernet, VGA and HDMI ports. 

It might not have the best definition screen - it’s a little fuzzy around the edges when compared to the display of the MacBook Air - but it does have a genuinely non-reflective finish. 

There's plenty more to like about the Toshiba Portégé Z830-104, too. There's a fingerprint reader for additional security and the keyboard, in general, is a pleasure to use - though we were frustrated by the size of the Return key, which is too small. 

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The touchpad is smaller than those offered by most others in this group test but is easy to turn on and off, meaning that should you choose to use a mouse, then you'll not have to worry about knocking the cursor accidentally when typing. 

In terms of performance, the Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 is neither lightning fast nor painfully slow. And the battery life is decent without being outstanding.

But the main differentiation point of the Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 is the multitude of connectivity options – the full-sized HDMI and VGA ports for hooking up to monitors and projectors, and three USB ports too, one of them USB 3.0. Built-in gigabit ethernet makes connecting to wired networks easier than fumbling with USB adaptors, and faster too. 


Toshiba Portégé Z830-104: Specs

  • 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M
  • 13.3in matt LED-backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 128GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel HD 3000
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD card reader
  • webcam, fingerprint reader
  • 50Wh lithium polymer non-removable
  • 368 minutes
  • 56% sRBG
  • 70:1 contrast ratio
  • 314 x 226 x 17mm
  • 1.08kg
  • 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M
  • 13.3in matt LED-backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 128GB SSD
  • Integrated Intel HD 3000
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD card reader
  • webcam, fingerprint reader
  • 50Wh lithium polymer non-removable
  • 368 minutes
  • 56% sRBG
  • 70:1 contrast ratio
  • 314 x 226 x 17mm
  • 1.08kg

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 is an ultraportable for the travelling professional who needs their laptop lightweight and practical rather than attractive. It might look plain but it has plenty to offer if you need portage. It's a tad on the pricey side for the package on offer.

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