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Toshiba Portege Z830 Hands-On: Light Weight, Great Looks

Toshiba's Portege Z830 ultrabook has been everywhere at this year's Intel Developers Forum. On day one, we spied a Z830 sitting on stage during CEO Paul Otellini's keynote. During day two's keynote, Intel VP Mooley Eden brandished the Z830 as an example of a good-looking ultrabook. 

We caught up with the 13-inch system in the IDF Ultrabook Pavillion, where it was being used to demonstrate Intel's new Pair and Share media streaming technology. We didn't get a chance to do any real work on the demo model, but we were struck by the system's sleek, business-first looks and its svelte 2.45-pound, 0.63-inch thick design. 

Unlike the ASUS UX31 we saw, the Portege Z830's screen is just the standard 1366 x 768 resolution, and the SSD we saw on the demo model was a miniscule 32GB, though we doubt this small of a capacity would be used on a real shipping product. Another key difference between the Z830 and the UX31 is the former's traditional touchpad, which features two discrete buttons with a fingerprint reader in between them as opposed to the buttonless clickpad on the UX31.

We look forward to doing a full review of the Toshiba Portege Z830 when it comes out later this year, but for now check out our brief hands-on video and gallery below.

The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.