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The writer at Computershopper.com said that this portable PC was superb and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and the reviewer at Digitallife.se gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement. This medium processor core notebook PC also received a Techzine.nl"Bronze" award.
Expert Reviews Are Good
On average, based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including Techradar, PC Mag, computershopper.com and notebookcheck.net this portable PC has an overall expert rating of 84%. The portable PC expert review sites think this laptop is one of the better laptops of a similar age and spec.
A few Toshiba Z30 owners mentioned in their reviews that this laptop was well made. Two years ago Pcmag.com said in their review on PC Mag “The Toshiba Portege Z30-A1301 is a solid business ultrabook, elevated by a full selection of ports”. In December last year Laptopmedia.com wrote in their review “Solid performance, thanks to an Intel Core 54300U processor”. Laptopmedia.com also mentioned “Thorough workmanship”.
Three Toshiba Z30 owners who bought the Toshiba Z30 considered that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Laptopmedia.com mentioned “This notebook impressed us with its sturdy and strict construction while keeping the weight low (1.2 kg” .
Several Toshiba Z30 owners who reviewed the Toshiba Z30 concluded that it was lightweight. Pcmag.com wrote in their review on PC Mag “The Toshiba Portege Z30-A1301 ($1,279 direct) is the latest in Toshiba's long line of highly regarded business ultrabooks, distinguished by a lightweight yet strong magnesium-alloy chassis” and rated it 4 stars. Notebookcheck.net gave the product a score of 4 stars and said last year “Not enough pixels! Toshiba's Z30-B-100 is a lightweight subnotebook that wants to signalize mobility”. Expert website Laptopmedia.com said “This lightweight, compact and durable business companion has some intriguing qualities which will appeal to most of the t” in their review of this laptop.
A number of Toshiba Z30 reviewers agreed that it was thin. Expert website Computershopper.com mentioned “This business-oriented ultrabook is well-built, thin, light” in their review of the Toshiba Z30. Trustedreviews.com mentioned “That gets you the slim profile and light body of an Ultrabook.”. This month expert website Straitstimes.com said “It is as thin and light as I remember” in their review of the Toshiba Z30.
One Toshiba Z30 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Toshiba Z30 was compact. In December last year expert review site Notebookcheck.net wrote in their Toshiba Z30 review “We still like the casing although it is a bit older because its low weight and compact size completely fulfills the mobility claim”.
One person wrote in their reviews that it was a squeeze to fit in. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “This unfortunately gives the Z30 a rather utilitarian appearance better suited to being wedged under a wobbly chair, ins”.
One customer thought the product was good structurally. Laptopmedia.com said in their review last year “Durable magnesium alloy construction” .
Toshiba Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews
On average Toshiba medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all portable PCs produced by Toshiba.
Easy to Use
A few people who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago expert review site Computershopper.com wrote in their review of the Toshiba Z30 “Comfortable to use” and scored the Toshiba Z30 80 out of 100. Laptopmedia.com wrote in December last year “Comfortable keyboard and touchpad” . Laptopmedia.com also wrote “Easy to hold”.
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One Toshiba Z30 owner who reviewed the product thought it was good looking. One Toshiba Z30 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good design.
Good Battery Life
Some people who purchased this laptop wrote that it had a good battery life. In December last year Laptopmedia.com mentioned in their Toshiba Z30 review “Strong performance and battery life”.
Good Product Quality
One Toshiba Z30 owner who bought the Toshiba Z30 mentioned that it was good quality. Laptopmedia.com wrote “Great design and build quality”.
One Toshiba Z30 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Laptopmedia.com mentioned in their review of the Toshiba Z30 last year “A handful of useful ports and connectivity options (including 3G module” .
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.
Acceptable Noise Level
One person reckoned that this laptop was noisy. In December last year Laptopmedia.com said “Loud under full load”.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The Toshiba Z30 has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels laptop, which is the most frequently found display resolution.
A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Z30.
A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst comparable types of notebook PC.
Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed
At 2.6 gigahertz, the Toshiba Z30 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. The average processor clock speed of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Z30 is 2.2GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Toshiba Z30 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of this type and age. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Toshiba notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The memory clock speeds supported by processor of all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Z30 ranges from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.
SSD Storage Medium
The Toshiba Z30 has a better storage medium than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most portable PCs of this age and spec have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Z30.
The worst storage medium across similar types of notebook PC is HDD.
There are a number of alternative portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might want to look at including the UX303UB[pl_2993330_price], or the UX303UB[pl_2993330_price] both from Asus or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] which is cheaper.
Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo T450s[plb_3149778_price] (SSD).
Fairly Long Battery Life
Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the battery lifes range from 2.5h to 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h. The Toshiba Z30 has one of the longer battery lifes (11 hours) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.
If you want a portable PC with a longer battery life then you might want to consider the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (14h and cheaper).
Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family
The Toshiba Z30 has a better processor family than most portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Z30 the best processor family is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.
Has a Front Camera
The Toshiba Z30 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago also have a front camera.
There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might want to consider including a cheaper notebook PC such as the Asus UX303UB[plb_2993330_price] or you might consider a higher scoring notebook PC such as the Lenovo X240[plb_2984080_price].
It is worth also looking at alternative laptops which also have a front camera including the Lenovo T450s[plb_3149778_price].
802.11n WiFi Standard
This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of this age and spec.
Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency
With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.2 gigahertz, the Toshiba Z30 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Z30. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of laptops that have been around for a similar time to the Z30 is 1.8GHz and the fastest is 3.7GHz.
Very High Front Camera Resolution
When compared to other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Z30 that we have assessed the front camera resolution of, the Toshiba Z30's front camera resolution of 2 megapixels is one of the highest. The lowest front camera resolution of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago is 0.3MP and the highest is 2MP.
Fairly Big Processor Cache
Similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year have processor caches of between 1MB and 6MB. With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Toshiba Z30 has one of the bigger processor caches amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
Quite Big Battery Capacity
Across all the notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Z30 the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 120Wh. At 52 watt-hours, the Toshiba Z30 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Z30.
2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.
At only 316 millimeters, the Toshiba Z30 is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. The narrowest laptop of this type and age is 28mm wide and the widest is 430mm.
Portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Z30 have weights of between 940g and 3.8kg. With a weight of only 1.2 kilograms, the Toshiba Z30 is one of the lightest portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Z30 amongst laptops of this age.
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Small Storage Capacity
One Toshiba Z30 owner who purchased the product wrote that it did not have good storage. Laptopmedia.com wrote “Solidstate drive offers limited storage capacity 128GB”.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The Toshiba Z30 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the Z30.
There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the Lenovo X240[plb_2984080_price] or the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price].
Quite Small Screen Size
The Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 13.3 inches) amongst portable PCs of this age. The smallest screen size of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year is 11" and the biggest is 18".
If this notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] (14") which is also cheaper.
Very Small Total Storage Capacity
The Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) amongst laptops of this age. The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this type and age is 550GB, and the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 2TB.
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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Like most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Z30, the Toshiba Z30 does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Other portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider include the Fujitsu Lifebook U745[plb_3000568_price] which is also cheaper.
Very Small Operating Shock
With an operating shock of only 10 gravity, the Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller operating shocks amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Z30 the operating shocks range from 10G to 130G, and the average operating shock is 77G.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.
Very Small Operating Vibration
The operating vibrations of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Z30 range from 0.5G to 1.1G. The Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller operating vibrations (only 0.5 gravity) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
1 Other reason to consider the Toshiba Z30
Average Internal Memory
With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Toshiba Z30 has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Z30.
We compared all the other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the Asus UX303UB[plb_2993330_price] is also worth considering.
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), Lithium
AC Adapter Power
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Operating Temperature (T-T)
5 - 35
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
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