In June of this year’s Computex Taipei, Intel announced the Ultrabook concept, and the corresponding products also will be on display, such as the “thin and light notebook open a new era” of products to attract the attention of countless people. After a lapse of three months, called the Portege R830 the Ultrabook a real machine was sent to the center of Zhongguancun Online notebook evaluation.
“Ultrabook will create a history of personal computing performance and the best combination of portability,” This is Intel’s Computex Taipei this year, a description of Ultrabook. It can be seen, Intel Ultrabook full of boundless hope. Up to now, including Toshiba, Asus, Lenovo and Acer both have produced their own Ultrabook products and media exposure, but this Toshiba Portege R830 is our first in-depth testing of Ultrabook products.
13 in. body, the average thickness of 16mm, plus battery weight 1.08kg, the Toshiba Portege Z830 is the product attributes. Do not say, I believe these numbers can make you lifted. As we all know, too thin and light notebooks usually do not have a strong performance, and is considered the mainstream notebook will become the standard UltraBook in terms of performance then? It will light the secret is it? Let’s put aside the layers of fog, work together to understand the real UltraBook.
Ultimate slim metallic appearance
We mentioned above, Toshiba Portege Z830 is the first UltraBook products we have reviewed, the overall design from the point of view, UltraBook indeed can change the future direction of the revolutionary laptop design products, it gives us the greatest feeling is “thin”, The real thin, more like than the Air “Air”!
Since we have not yet received this from the official data Z830 shell material, we can only determine an individual’s feelings made of carbon fiber, as well as from the hand when struck the sound to determine its characteristics of carbon fiber material with quite is similar. Portege Z830 overall design of bright spots, subvert our traditional understanding of notebook design, “the large size and extreme slim body,” in stark contrast to cover part of the horizontal metal wire drawing process using polished, silver-gray color very metallic, just from the design point of view, is undoubtedly a product full of sincerity.
In addition, the conventional notebook computer’s wireless antenna cover part of the common defense shield is canceled, although the conventional notebook computer Toshiba is also reflected, but the body in the Z830, so the overall design integrity is more revealing. Meanwhile, around the edge of the roof with a certain degree of curvature of the design, thus making the roof over the front and side of the more natural, while the front-end and back end design with a slope, so that the body of the buckle cover and even more closely heterozygosity .
Toshiba notebooks are located in the middle of the roof of the LOGO position, Z830 The same is true, huge “TOSHIBA” LOGO embedded in the middle of the top cover, glossy metallic materials and brushed metal lid panel contrast, showing a low-key fashion in flavor, with the first time to attract the eye of potential customers.
830 freeze-frame on the body size of 13.3-inch wide screen frame up and down, so narrow, the screen frame design, a camera and microphone, while the lower border of the middle of the design of the “TOSHIBA” LOGO. Display for the glossy screen, will be in use when the effects of light, but its screen display is very good, color reproduction in place, clear and sharp, moderate saturation.
Z830 no body can separate the bottom panel where demolition, twist off the edges of a few screws, you can remove the entire bottom of the panel, the panel process uses a metal sand blasting process, and quite obviously stylish metal wire drawing process compared even more low-key calm at the same time, though did not use metal, but the metal body is a very good sense prominent.
Toshiba R700 released last year, when the introduction of a new type of turbo-fan cooling system, through the bottom of the inlet and adjacent the side window of the interface between the heat to effectively enhance the overall thermal efficiency. And of course, so slim Z830 for some need for thermal design, therefore, a higher thermal efficiency “turbo fan cooling system” is applied to the Z830 in the past. We can see the bottom of the body into the swirling air holes ibm thinkpad t40 battery arranged in the upper left side, and rear fuselage of the thermal window matched to achieve the most efficient heat dissipation.
“Ultra” in Chinese means “extreme”, “do the ultimate laptop” is UltraBook soul, slim but its showing on the surface of the ultimate design concepts, revolutionary body material and the presence of meaning is The most ultimate “extreme.” In this sense, Portege Z830 played loud for the UltraBook first shot.
Keyboard design and stylish atmosphere
Portege Z830 as the first generation of UltraBook laptop, the body of each element have been carefully designed and polished, well-controlled damping screen axis to cover to open and close easily with one hand, even if the body is so light, but also when the drive will not open the upturned body, which is a manifestation of its high quality. Opened the cover, we can see the whole keyboard part of the Z830.
Compared with the traditional keyboard, floating keyboard, although slightly less than in the hand area, but it can be a good interpretation of the laptop fashion sense and a sense of technology, but also nowadays the most popular keyboard layout. Quite like the Z830 so the products of post-modern means, floating keyboard configuration is the logical thing of course. Not only that, but also for the Z830 Toshiba keyboard equipped with white backlight, the user can activate directly strike the keyboard backlight, the Fn key can also be co-ordination with the Z key to open.
Today’s notebook computers in the setting of function keys have sought simple, Z830 overall design style is very simple and able, so the whole body with the power button configured with only three function keys, located in the upper left side of the body C face, the power button made of shiny metallic material, and fit the overall design style, two function keys are the right shortcut key ECO with an external monitor, the screen display mode switching key. At the same time carefully observed, we can also see the power button on the left has a small hole, which is the Z830′s microphone, and camera array composed of the right side of the microphone, to a more comprehensive collection to the user’s voice.
Toshiba notebooks are designed to just above the touchpad thinkpad t400 battery has touch pad lock key, Z830 is no exception, rounded rectangle, touchpad lock button inside the panel surface embedded in C, can help users avoid the mistake of touching the touchpad.
Z830′s touchpad surface with the wrist rest different matte texture, touch feeling comfortable, accurate positioning. Left and right touchpad button four Zhou Youliang metallic surface texture pack edge, below the LED array has all kinds of common features, including power status indicator, wireless card indicator, charging status indicators.
Z830 is the wrist rest design atmosphere, using the same with the roof made of polished metal wire drawing process, a large area so that the user’s wrist to the greatest extent placed above the wrist rest, you can effectively alleviate wrist fatigue. Overall, Z830 part in the design of the keyboard is also very hard, compared with the conventional notebook there is no qualitative difference, the overall design style is simple and capable, neat layout and style of temperament make it easier to meet the aesthetic needs of different users.
Reasonably complete interface layout configuration
The inertia in our thinking, thin and light notebook PCs on the interface layout is always more or less there are some problems, because the body is limited, it is easy to influence each other to the same ease of use, and ideal some, such as the interface layout is VGA, Ethernet port, power jack, this thick wire interface configuration to the back of the fuselage, so the layout of the notebook computer, the interface layout mode is successful, the ultimate slim Z830 to do to this point. Here, we look at this product in the interface configuration and layout aspects.
As the Z830 is not flat on both sides of the fuselage, so we should see the original design of the interface where the interface is not arranged, the body is located in the left side of the interface as the rear fuselage, where the design of a set of audio jacks, including headphones and microphone jacks, and also equipped with card reader.
As the Z830′s screen is designed on top of the body, so the back is the main interface Z830 common arrangement region, we see that as VGA, power jack, HDMI high-definition interface, USB 2.0 interface and RJ-45 Ethernet port were designed back in the body, so that you can effectively save the fuselage on both sides of the front-end and desktop space, but also makes the interface between each without affecting the same ease of use.
Next, we will zoom in to see the back of the interface are related to the details of what? First, we can see the USB interface, HDMI on the left marked with the lightning bolt icon, indicating that the interface supports off charge function, and although this feature may seem insignificant, but to provide users with great convenience.
Finally, we take a look at just how UltraBook Toshiba Portege Z830 light. We used electronic weighing scale was carried out, and ultimately with the battery weighs only 1.085kg, travel weighs only 1.303kg, the 13-inch notebook, the few can match conventional notebooks.
Prior to industry estimates Ultrabook will be priced at around $ 1,000, but now it seems that number appears to be some “conservative”, and now ibm thinkpad t40 battery that’s a Ultrabook notebook media price is RMB 8,999 yuan, while the Toshiba Portege Z830 this product if is indeed a lot of carbon fiber material, I believe that prices will not less than 10,000 yuan.
From the above speculation, we can understand, Ultrabook is still not a popular type of product, its positioning or high-end side, and compared to that of Intel’s “next generation a new standard for mainstream mobile PC,” there seems to be some distance . However, Ultrabook has given us the appearance of the product themselves, it shows us the direction of future development of thin and light notebooks. To be sure, in the subsequent period of time there will be more Ultrabook products in front of us, the door leading to the new era has been opened, we are well into the preparations, do you?