A closer look at the Toshiba Portege Z930 Ultrabook

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Earlier in the week we told you that Toshiba had announced a new Ultrabook for business called the Portege Z930. We had some hands-on time with it so here are our thoughts.

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Weighing just 1.12kg, the Portégé Z930 is the world’s lightest 33.8cm (13.3”) laptop. The unique combination of an incredibly durable magnesium alloy chassis and an internal honeycomb structure offers outstanding support throughout the working day. Combined with an eight hour all-day battery life, the Portégé Z930 is the perfect companion for long-haul business trips or daily commutes, and robust enough to withstand the physical strains of day-to-day use. At just 8.3mm at its thinnest point, it is also compact enough to easily fit in tight spaces or carry cases.

The anti-glare, LED backlit display ensures working on documents is comfortable for long periods of time, while using the laptop outdoors in bright sunlight is possible without distracting reflections. A full-size tiled keyboard features a backlight, illuminating each key for ease of use in low light conditions. Additionally, a spill-resistant membrane beneath the keyboard lets users save important documents and fully shut down the laptop, helping to prevent damage to the internal components in event of a spillage. Up to a 512GB SSD provides plenty of storage space and fast access to documents and programs, while remaining more robust, compact and energy efficient, as it features no moving parts.

With powerful 3rd generation Intel Core processors for Ultrabook and up to 12GB DDR3 memory, the Portégé Z930 is capable of effortlessly working through office applications, performing memory-intensive tasks or running multiple programs simultaneously. Intel Rapid Start Technology delivers an incredibly quick boot-up time, making the Portégé Z930 fully operational within seconds.

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As you can see this new business Ultrabook is very slim, and looks like a business machine.

What makes it a business machine you may ask? Well, Toshiba feel that businesses require additional security, and they would be correct. The Z930 has both a fingerprint reader and also a TPM chip, which helps with things like disk encryption using BitLocker.

The screen is non-glare and it was very clear and easy to read.

Could this be the first real Ultrabook to grace business meetings with the security enforcing functionality that modern businesses demand? Time will tell…

The Portege Z930 Ultrabook will be available during Q3 2012, and prices start from £899.