Toshiba Portege Z930 pictures and hands-on

The Toshiba Portege Z930 sits on the Japanese company's business line of notebooks, offering an Ultrabook for those hard at work. 

As Ultrabooks often are, the Protege Z930 takes the skinny line, rather than the slightly more meaty look of the consumer Toshiba Satellite U840 announced at the same time as this model. 

As such, the leading edge sits at only 8mm thick, although the laptop as a whole is better defined by its 16mm rear end. That's still skinny, mind, although it also offers up most of the connectivity, a practical solution for those looking to dock their laptop and keep their desk free of messy wires. 

The skinny 13.3-inch display is non-glare, ideal for working on the move and offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, typical for this size of notebook. 

Although the lid is somewhat flexible - as is the trend to try to reduce damage to the display when pulling open - the base of the Protege Z930 has a noticeable rigidity to it.

This means the keyboard feels extremely well supported, with little sign of flex as you tappity-tap those reports and emails. It is backlit too and, from the time we spent with the Z930, we were left with the impression that it will be a great keyboard to work on. 

You also get a responsive and respectably sized touchpad, bearing one of the hallmarks of this notebook's business heritage, a fingerprint scanner. 

Sitting at the heart of this lightweight machine, which weighs only 1.2kg, you'll find the latest third-gen Intel Core processors, up to 12GB RAM, along with up to 512GB SSD for storage.

As a business machine it lacks some of the luxurious looks of consumer Ultrabooks, but impressive specs and a solid build mark this out as model that might get some admiring glances in the boardroom. 

The Toshiba Protege Z930 will be from Q3 2012, with a starting price of £899.



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