Thin and light are the cries forlaptops these days, doing their darnedest to stay relevant in theface of opposition from increasingly sophisticated tablets. ThePortege Z830 is Toshiba's latest entry into this arena.

Toshiba's top-end contribution to theultra-book genre is surely very thin, at a waffler-as 8.3mm. Ended inbrushed Grey magnesium alloy it charges efficiency as well as abusiness-as can-do attitude.

It is whippersnapper as well at 1.12kgit is lighter as compared to the comparatively portly 1.35kg of the13-inch Macbook Air, and weighs less as compared to quite a fewsmartphones. Lift the lid and you will detect a keyboard on nicelyspaced back lit keys made out of tactile rubberized plastic. The liditself is a vanishingly thin at merely 3mm and experiences merely awee bit so

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flexible for comfortableness, while few light bending didnot look to do it any harm.

The LED back lit display determines13.3 inches and gives an imposingly sharp result of 1,366x768 pixels.Thin it may be, but that does not intend the Z830 has gave upconnectivity options. There is an Ethernet port thus you do not haveto trust with the 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connection. There is as wellnot one, not two, but three USB ports scattered around the back andslopes, as well as 3.5mm analogue connections for microphone andheadphones.

Performance-wise the second generationIntel Core i5-2557M processor arrives on Intel Turbo Boost Technology2.0 backed by 6GB of RAM, not to intend a 128GB solid-state drivealso. Gaming-wise it put on a smooth show also, delivering typicalframe rates about 110-120fps applying the recommended settings inPortal. The Toshiba Portege Z830 is a attractively thin andwhippersnapper package that fits Intel's ultra-book description inall facets but the price, which is very much in the premium category.