|Standing screen display size||13.3 Inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1368 x 768 Pixels|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||8.17 Hours|
Toshiba Portege Z835-P360 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)
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I bought my Portege Z835-360 unit (Core i3, 4GB Ram, 128Gb SSD) on May 26, 2012 for $749.99 which is a very good price (2 weeks later and it's $699.99 already... oh well, technology). I decided not to go more upscale with the specs 'cause there are important compromises made by this and all other Ultrabook models as they all belong to the first round of Ultrabooks ever (Toshiba Portege, HP Folio, Asus Zenbook, Acer Aspire, Dell XPS13,etc.). So more money for better specs (Core i5, 6GB Ram) would not make up for the weaknesses of this model. As reviewers have all stated, Toshiba's is the one that offers the most for connectivity and ports. So that plus a very good experience I've had with my current (or should I say "old") Satellite A505 made my decision not-as-hard as it could have been.
Overall, it is a terrific value.
- Nicely priced. I think it is the cheapest Ultrabook around (and I don't mean it the bad way).
- Good Built Quality.
- Insanely thin and light. I think lightest of all 13-inchers.
- Good screen size. I don't perceive it as little or cramped (and I'm coming from a 16" screen)
- Full array of ports (1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, full-sized HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, mic and headphone jacks, SD)
- Decent sound. C'mon. It's a thin & light 13". Don't expect that much.
- Excellent battery life. I haven't drained it yet but it should be over 6 hrs of light use (no watching movies nor playing games).
Aspects that hamper user experience:
- Keyboard. This is my biggest complaint. Shallow keys and lack of feedback. I really have to type hard (meaning effort and noise) to have a confident and fast typing. It tires me after a long e-mail. Light years behind the experience when typing in a Sony Vaio.
- Fan. It kicks in without me having to do heavy tasks. It just runs every now and then, and has a high-pitch sound. Not that big deal for me, though.
- Touchpad. In theory, I like the regular touchpad with the 2 click buttons (at least in other laptops). But in practice, I find the buttons very hard (I mean, very hard) to click on. To left-click, at least I can double tap, but damn it with the the right click... Now, I think a clickpad would have provided a better user experience. Nitpicking, the 2 buttons are very shiny and attract a lot of fingerprints. Plus, they don't go with the design and style. So, why??
- Design. Nitpicking again. It is boring (especially compared to the A500, A660, P750 series) and it does look like an 80's laptop.
- Hard Drive Size. 128 GB is just not enough. I installed MS Office, Skype and Avast Anti-virus. Only 70 GB left.
- About screen. The lid is indeed very thin, flexible and flimsy. I haven't experienced any issues yet. But also, I haven't carried the laptop around or out of the house to really test it. I will soon.
I would highly recommend this Portege Z835 for anyone looking for power on-the-go. At this price point, it is the most attractive offer available.
I hope this review will become useful for anyone looking for an Ultrabook and seriously considering to buy the Portege. Should my impressions change in the following weeks and months after longer-term use, I will update!
I also bought a 3 year accidental warranty based on 2 other reviews that the screen breaks. With such a light chassis, the screen does flex if you twist it. The trade off is lightness or strength. My scale says 2 lbs 6.4 ozs. The keyboard is ok and lights up. Touch pad and screen are Ok.
I am fan of extended warranty on laptops as I've had a Vaio and the Asus need new motherboards and one toshiba screen broke when it got stepped on the floor of the car. The 2 year old Asus motherboard wiged out on a trip to Hawaii and though Asus customer support was good, they wanted $560 (parts $500 labor $60) to fix it.
Anyways, I will update this review later. Good luck on your decision making. Hope this was helpful.
I've been spoiled with my last laptop which had a 96wH battery on it and I had the settings tweaked to provide about a 9 hour life. I was a little concerned when this one arrived and the first thing that I noticed was that the battery was about half the size -- just 47.5wH. Making the same tweaks, though, I have the laptop running at an average of just 6.5W when idle, meaning that I am getting about an 7-8 hour battery life out of it if I stick to basic word processing and internet surfing -- AWESOME. I believe that can be attributed to the processor, designed to run at ultra-low power. I've never gotten any other laptop to run at such low wattage.
Of course, the biggest advantage of the ultrabook is the size. This thing is super-lightweight but doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. The casing has a classy brushed-aluminum look that's beautiful. And I am convinced that once you have an ultrabook, you'll never go back to a regular laptop -- it is amazing to carry around something so light. My laptop case loaded with the computer and power cords is just a couple pounds, and you really notice the difference when you go and pick up your old computer and realize just how heavy those things were. If you travel or otherwise have to carry a laptop around constantly, an ultrabook should be in your future.
I am a huge fan of Toshiba in general, and this is my third laptop I have purchased from them. So far, I love the thing. I will update my review if necessary as I continue to break this thing in (particularly if I have a problem with a cracked screen).