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Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 review

£1099 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Toshiba Z830 ultrabook is available in several versions, including the business version Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 tested here.

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 Expert Verdict »

Toshiba Portégé Z830-104 Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 25 reviews
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
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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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