Toshiba, skimming off the success of its Portege Z835 Ultrabooks, has announced the Portege Z930 that includes the latest Intel Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" processor --- a real competitor to Apple's MacBook Air.
The business-friendly 13-inch Ultrabook is light and efficient. Boasting up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, it has the power and reliability one needs in a laptop.
it is one of the lightest in the featherweight categories weighing less than 2.5 pounds --- lighter than the ultra-thin MacBook Air.
The battery life will last around 8 hours --- more than equipped for a transatlantic flight or a day out of the office --- and includes embedded biometric security to prevent unauthorised access and a TPM chip for enterprise-grade security.
At its thinnest point, the device is just 8.3mm. Of course, it includes the usual bits, such as two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, HDMI and VGA support, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Its slightly painful pricetag of $1,249 for what is effectively a minor upgrade to the older lineup is somewhat pushed aside considering it skims close to other devices in that range.
Having said that, all eyes are on Apple, which is expected to refresh its MacBook lineup in the coming week.
The Z930 may not have the consumer appeal as the Apple device but coming at $50 more for a Windows-powered machine with all the specs one would expect from a business-ready device, it's hard not to look at this device with nothing but adoration and respect.
Image credit: Toshiba/Flickr.
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