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Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ review

£1615 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ is a business-minded lightweight notebook with performance to spare.

If you're looking for a blend of portable and powerful, then the Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ could be right up your street.

It boasts an Intel Core i7-2640M dual-core processor running at 2.8GHz. Coupled with 8GB of RAM – and crucially, an SSD for storage – this laptop stormed through our WorldBench 6 benchmarking suite with a score of 153.

All of this speed is crammed into a dimunitive frame weighing under 1.5kg, making the Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ a very good option for those who need to take a notebook with them wherever they go.

But its mobility credentials don't end there, as its battery lasted 453 minutes - that's seven-and-a-half hours - in the MobileMark 2007 tests. Again, that’s the best performance of the bunch.

The keyboard is very good to use, despite being small - it doesn't feel as though any of the keys have been made too small to use and it lends itself well to accurate typing.

The design is smart and sober, although it doesn't have the build or class of the MacBook Pro. Our sample’s solid-state storage means everything seems to feel run faster, and the drive itself is more robust. It stands a better chance of brushing off the shakes and rattles of everyday use.
You might think that the lack of spinning disk might make it quieter than the competition. But you'd be wrong. There's a surprisingly noisy fan in the Toshiba, and though it does a good job of keeping the Portégé cool – we found it comfortable to use on our lap for extended periods -– it is a great deal louder than other laptops of this size.

The screen is matt and non-reflective, driven by Intel’s integrated graphics processor. Connectivity – both wireless and wired -– is good, with a range of ports and standards at your disposal so you can hook up to the vast majority of peripherals and networks with no bother.

There's also an optical drive can read and write CDs and DVDs, which is not always a given on laptops of this size.

Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2640M dual-core processor
13.3in matt LED-backlit, 1366 x 768 screen
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
8GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM
128GB SSD SATA 3 Gbps
Intel HD Graphics 3000
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 1 x eSATA/USB 2.0 combo
Bluetooth 3.0
webcam, fingerprint reader
66Wh lithium-ion removable battery
453 minutes battery life
316 x 227 x 18mm, 1.40kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 9 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Graphics aside, the raw performance of the Toshiba Portégé R830-1DZ is head and shoulders above the opposition in this group test. The blend of high-quality components and variety of connectivity options in this small shell combine to make the Portégé a winner. It does cost some £300 more than a 13in MacBook Pro but the extra performance and decent screen make it attractive. Just make sure you can handle all that noise.

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