Review Toshiba Satellite Z830-10J
Weighs 1.1 pounds with Toshiba’s 13-inch monitor about 200 grams less than the ultra-Book competition from Asus and Apple’s Macbook Air, the components can not compete, however. If it is so technical a lightweight?
Apart from Acer and Asus, Toshiba is now represented with an ultra-Book on the German market. Instead of the competitors who have a whole family in the offer, bringing the Japanese manufacturer of Satellite Z830 only one model on the market: the 10J. There is a 13.3-inch model with 1.6-GHz Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and a 128-gigabyte SSD.
Design and Equipment
Quite as fascinating as the Apple MacBook Air Toshiba satellite Zenbook copied Asus Z830 is not. Because the chassis is up to 16 millimeters, but very flat, tapering forward but at least with the naked eye. Toshiba unique advantages but posted in Weight: Actually, the device weighs only 1.096 pounds. The aforementioned competitors bring more than 1.3 kilos.
The housing consists of magnesium, the Satellite. A honeycomb structure inside ensures high stability. The very thin cover shown not particularly rigid. But this need not necessarily be a disadvantage: because something flexible does not break so easily. According to Toshiba, the stability was one of the most important goals in the development: The Z830 is intended to fall from a height of 76 centimeters boot up. Same applies if coffee is spilled on the keyboard. The manufacturer recommends for such events, but an inspection from your dealer. One shortcoming is that the lid nachwippt significantly with each movement of the device.
The overall attractive appearance disturb the hinges and the mouse buttons. Both are running in a somewhat cheap-looking chrome look. This is also nice.
The keyboard is also not really convincing: The keys are slightly smaller than normal, have a very low key stroke and not really clean defined stop. Getting used to: the right of the Enter key, there is another set of keys. Fortunately, the keyboard has a backlight.
The touchpad of the satellite is a little smaller than that of Zenbook, but is still ok. The mouse buttons are run separately and not as a clickable area. Unfortunately, they are made of cheap plastic acting. A button allows you to disable the touch-sensitive surface. This can be very handy if, for example, uses a USB mouse. Bottom line, the Z830 delivers in touchpad
Contrary to the trend in the consumer sector and unlike the previously tested the Toshiba Ultra Books has a matte screen. Disturbing reflections are not an issue. It is bright enough for outdoor use. The resolution of the screen with 1366 by 768 is just average. Asus offers with 1600 by 900 pixels more clearly, which is reflected in a sharper display.
The speakers sit in the front edge of the casing and do not distort at high volume. As with all Ultra Books However, one can not expect here with strong bass.
At the terminals, the Satellite Z830 is well positioned for an ultra-Book: The right is a USB 3.0 interface found on the back of two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA and Ethernet. Dispense with the latter must be at the other ultra Books, VGA is realized by most adapters. Seated on the left headphone jack, microphone input and a card reader for MMC formats and SDXC (up to 64 GB).
How large are the benefits of the interfaces, is very different. Operate because most users as mobile devices such as Wi-Fi on the Z830, which is of course also on board. It only supports 802.11b/g/n even a standard. This can be very handy, where are the 5-GHz frequency band is usually higher bandwidths realized in radio-infested city apartments. For wireless connection to peripherals has the Toshiba Bluetooth 3.0.
Inner life and performance
The Satellite is powered by a Z830 Intel Core i5-2467M . The chip has a core clock of 1.6 GHz, Turbo Boost overclocks a core according to data up to 2.3 GHz. In practice, the clock oscillates at 2.2 GHz – a good result for such a slim device. Will all charged nuclei, there are still 2 GHz. Hyperthreading makes the two real four virtual cores.
As the integrated graphics into the CPU HD 3000 is used. It is only capable of DirectX 10 features, but for all applications off expensive 3D gaming performance enough.
On board are 4 GB DDR3-1333 RAM, from the pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) can be fully addressed. An upgrade to 6 GB is possible. For mass storage, a SSD comes from our own production (Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ) are used. Their performance leaves something to be desired: How has the Crystal Disk Mark for sequential write only 47 Mbytes / s from – significantly less than any hard drive. The other values, such as reading and writing small files (4 – and 512-Gbyte blocks) are above the level of hard disks. One would expect from an SSD but more. The table below shows the dramatic differences in performance between the SSD and the Asus Toshiba Zenbook. One reason for the poor performance is the lack of support for Native Command Queuing .
Although disappointed with the performance of the SSD, the bottom line is she is but still significantly faster than a hard disk. This is especially true for reading small files, what has the response to a major influence. Therefore includes the PC Mark Vantage, which tracks the overall performance of the system, with 8234 points relatively well off. A quad-core machine with classic hard drive manages around 8000 points.
Battery life and noise
With 47 watt-hours, the permanently installed battery capacity slightly lower than that of the UX31 Asus (50 Wh). While surfing the internet via WLAN and slightly darkened screen backlight keeps it well for 5 hours. Depending on the job, there is substantial deviation above and below. Who makes text processing can achieve quite seven hours. When running the 3D benchmark would be closing after 3 hours.
The fan on the Z830 is always active even when idle and do it silently, but still audible. Under stress, he turns up quite quickly and then enters acoustically in the foreground. Apparently the air is sucked from the ground, which could cause problems on soft surfaces.
On the Toshiba comes as the operating system Windows 7 Home Premium in 64-bit version is used. In addition, a number of pre-installed Toshiba Tools and Office 2010 Starter, McAfee Internet Security with updates for 30 days, Skype, Nero Multimedia Suite Essential.
With the 1099 expensive Toshiba Satellite Z830 has a particularly easy book in the Ultra range. The competition brings more loose 200 grams on the scale. Also encouraging is the use of a matte screen: even under difficult lighting conditions, there are no disturbing reflections.
In contrast, however, there are some weaknesses: the keyboard is when typing numb, noise is both idle and under full load as relatively high and the feel of the chassis is not quite the desired level. From a technical point of view, especially the relatively low performance of the SSD is a disappointment.
Who can get over to 200 grams of higher weight and live with a reflective display, found in the recently tested by ZDNet Zenbook Asus UX 31 is an excellent alternative. It offers the same price a higher-resolution screen, a higher clocked CPU and the SSD, which plays in a different league in terms of performance.