Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U


A new laptop from Toshiba

No one can go wrong with a Toshiba laptop. If you consider buying the company’s Satellite Z830-10U, then you’re making the right choice, as this £1,000 (only the UK price is available) device is elegant, lightweight, very slim and with a performance that will make your day if you plan on using it while traveling for work or somewhere else. Its main contender is the Asus Zenbook UX31. We’re not sure if it will ever take the crown from Apple’s MacBook Air, but let’s see it managed to take our breath away or no.

Ultrabook design

We immediately knew that we had an ultrabook on our hands for our usual review and test, because of the shape which was svelter than what we’ve come to expect from previous models. And don’t get us started on how very thin this laptop is. Well, that’s not so unbelievable, since every manufacturer out there wants to answer customers’ needs of owning the thinnest device ever made and showing off to friends. We had no problem finding a bag to carry the Satellite Z830-10U and sliding it inside where it showed no bulge. 1.1kg are all the weight it comes with and that also means a further possibility to take it wherever without feeling as if you were owning several bricks instead of a mere laptop.Toshiba-Satellite-Z830-10U

Magnesium is the material that Toshiba relied on when it thought of ways of making this device as light as people like them. But, the advantage of a gadget made of aluminum is a good build, something the Satellite Z830-10U doesn’t possess. The lid especially has to suffer, and then there’s the keyboard that could have used a more resistant material. That can be a problem if you travel a lot and want a companion that doesn’t flex or break easily.

13 inch display

The keyboard of Toshiba’s Z830-10U, though faulty in the build department, is nonetheless fully functional. The buttons have big spaces among them, so we deeply enjoyed writing this review with them and they didn’t slow us down in the meanwhile. The trackpad shares the same good performance, but we would have liked it to be larger.

The product has a 13.3″ display that makes editing of documents or spreadsheets easier than if the display was only 11″. And then the resolution comes over and embarrasses all this with its mere 1.366 x 768 pixels. The laptop’s reputation is picked up from the ground by the matte coating used on the screen, which has a leading role in keeping reflections at a good distance; but, to be honest, this pro point had a counterbalance, in the sense that colors weren’t altogether marvelous, just washed-out. Watching a movie won’t be a very pleasant experience, but it won’t suck either.

1.6GHz Intel i5-2467M processor

The CPU is a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M and sports 6GB of RAM, plenty for users who are after laptops with great power; if you are content with less, the Z830-10U has a sibling that packs only a Core i3 and whose price is lower. The speeds it showed when doing a variety of tasks were good and multitasking was, as usual with Asus, excellent, with almost no signs of slowing down. A 1-minute 1080p video we threw at it to have it encoded into 24fps H.264 in finished in less than 23 minutes. As for playing games, forget about it: this laptop wasn’t made for them. Only 2 hours did the device last until dying on us.

Review conclusion

The Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U has a build quality that many won’t like, a poor screen in terms of pixels and poor battery life. The Asus Zenbook UX31 would be a much better choice.

Technical specifications

Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2467M
Frequency1.60 / 2.30 Turbo GHz
Internal storage128 GB Solid State Drive
RAM memory6,144 (2,048 onboard + 4,069) MB
TechnologyDDR3 RAM (1,333 MHz)
Screen33.8cm (13.3″)
Resolution 1,366 x 768 HD ready
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Sound systemBuilt-in stereo speakers
Realtek ALC269Q-VB5-GR
DimensionsW x L x H : 316.0 x 227.0 x 8.3 (front) / 15.9 (rear) mm
Total weight1.12 kg