Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1
Reviews for the Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1
Source: Laptop Media Archive.org version
We would like to give our final thoughts on two of the most important factors regarding business-oriented ultrabooks – the keyboard and the battery life. Firstly, the keys are a bit small to make room for the “F” buttons, but this actually isn’t a major problem and it’s easy to get used to it. In addition, the touchpad offers the much-needed comfort, responsiveness, and functionality, but we disliked the trackpad – it’s quite unpleasant to touch and feels awkward to use. Secondly, the battery life appears to be underwhelming. For a small, energy-efficient system a bit better battery performance was expected so in this aspect, the Portege Z30-A left us wanting more.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/25/2015
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Great design and quality workmanship; quality IPS display; good connectivity; comfortable keyboard and touchpad; compact and lightweight; excellent cooling system. Negative: Noisy fan.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/07/2015
Model: The Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1 is a high performance, lightweight ultrabook with a sophisticated design. The chassis looks professional and clean with a classy hinge setup. Edges on the device are smooth and there is a lovely brush metal finish on the lid. The entire device comes in metallic steel grey and there is a black tile-style backlit keyboard. This comfortable keyboard has a non-slip matte textured finish while maintaining a slim profile and it has the added benefit of being spill-resistant. Users can select between Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to be installed on the system. Display on the Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1 is a 13.3 inch Toshiba FHD non-reflective eDP panel.
At the heart of the ultrabook is an Intel Core i7-4510U clocked at 2 GHz, up to 16 GB DDR3L RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU and a 512 GB SSD. With this setup, the Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1 is powerful and responsive enough to be a daily driver. Other useful features on the device consist of an HDMI out, a FHD webcam, a card reader, Bluetooth 4.0 and three USB 3.0 ports. Audio quality is also good thanks to stereo speakers with DTS technology. The 1.2 kg Toshiba Portege Z30-A-1E1 comes with a 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery for up to 10 hours of mixed usage.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4510U: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.1 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.
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