We've already seen the Portege version of the Z930, so were eager to try out the much cheaper Satellite model. Apart from a few internal components, there's not much difference between the two, meaning you get a fantastically thin and light Ultrabook for under £800.
Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X: design
The Z930-10X has a 13.3-inch screen but weighs in at just 1.2Kg thanks to the magnesium alloy chassis. You can easily pick it up in one hand and carry it around with you. It’s very thin too, measuring only 16.9mm thick along the rear edge and 15.5mm at the front.
Despite the lightweight design, the Z930 is still quite solidly built. The lid is quite flexible but, overall, it should be perfectly capable of withstanding the occasional bump in a backpack or briefcase.
The 1366 x 768 screen is bright and attractive, and there are both VGA and HDMI connectors if you need to hook it up to a larger monitor or an HD TV for presentations or just watching a film at home.
The speakers aren’t particularly powerful, but the sound quality is fine for listening to the occasional music video on YouTube, and there are headphone and microphone sockets conveniently located on the left-hand side of the unit.
Connectivity is another strong point, with a USB 3.0 port over on the right-hand side, and Gigabit Ethernet and a further pair of USB 2.0 ports around the back. But, of course, the svelte design does mean that there’s no room for a DVD drive.
The only real flaw is that the keyboard is rather small. In fact, the keys on the Z930 are actually smaller than those on the 11-inch MacBook Air, so you’ll need fairly nimble fingers if your work involves a lot of typing.
Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X: performance
That’s our only real complaint, though, and the Z930 also provides good performance to match its attractive design. Its Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor runs at 1.7GHz (2.6GHz with Turbo Boost) and produced a very respectable WorldBench score of 132. That’s backed up with a healthy 6GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive, so the Z930 is more than capable of running Microsoft Office, as well as more demanding tasks such as photo-editing.
The Z390 can even turn its hand to some casual gaming action. Its Intel HD 4000 managed a playable 28fps when running FEAR with the graphics settings turned right up to maximum. Turn the settings down to ‘high’ and the Satellite hits 74fps – impressive for integrated graphics.
Toshiba Satellite Z930-10X: battery life
In the MobileMark battery test, the Z930-10X ran for a little over seven hours. Plus, we saw a full five hours between charges when using the built-in Wi-Fi to stream video from BBC iPlayer. Lighter tasks, such as running Office, should give you close to a full day’s work.