Toshiba Portege Z930-10Q
When we turned our attention to the laptop universe, there was one model in particular that caught our attention: Toshiba’s £1,300 Portege Z930-10Q. But mostly for how slim it was. Because its other offerings didn’t really sparked our imagination. And now we will tell you why in the review below.
The Portege Z930-10Q has quite an array of specs waiting to be discovered. In our tests we found the following: a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels on a 13.3″ display, a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (capable to turn into a 2.3GHz one), a HD 4000 GPU, 6GB of internal memory and the usual battery.
Multiple connectivity options
Internet connectivity is delivered with the help of either Bluetooth 4, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a slot for a 3G SIM, support for UMTS up to HSUPA at 5.76Mbits/sec and 802.11a for corporate locations. This laptop is among the few whose coating does not bring about reflections. We considered the touchpad to be one of the device’s pros. However, only pinch-to-zoom is available. The typing we did on the laptop’s keyboard was thoroughly enjoyable.
While most of the laptop we have tested came with an optical drive, this model lacks this addition. If a consumer wants to just have a complex software on this laptop, she or he will not be able to do it. But you do get an SDXC-compatible memory card slot, which is really needed.
Considering the slimness of its body, the Portege Z930-10Q features many connectivity options. Like one full-sized HDMI port, one VGA, individual headphone and microphone mini-jacks, USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and several Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Good graphics performance
In the battery analysis we did on this laptop review, the built-in battery did not offer more than 8 hours. But that was possible because we did not do a lot of things on this laptop. When we did, though, the battery lasted some 4 hours. It’s a good score, still, but not as great as other products. Alas, we noticed that if we worked only with the World Wide Web and some Word documents, this model did not die on us that quickly. In the tests we did, the battery delivered a score of 109 minutes in the load battery task. This result did not make us go and dance with glee. That made us take another approach. One which implied choosing the laptop’s eco mode. Then we took the load battery analysis again. This time, the score was better: 127 minutes. So remember to choose that mode rather than the balanced one.
The graphics unit was a revelation. It performed very well when we used it on various games and whatnot. The type of processor the Portege Z930-10Q uses definitely plays the main role in the good speed with which this model works. Our standard Cinebench R11.5 rendering benchmark delivered the impressive score of 2.44. These results we mentioned translate into a laptop that is going to fare well no matter the activities you do on it, but they will have to be lighter than usual.
Toshiba is not one to disappoint every time they release something new. But their Portege Z930-10Q is not quite what we expected from the company. The price might scare some customers away, for one. But keeping things into perspective, this laptop succeeds into giving a good performance. Now if only that battery would last longer.