Best Buy has put on sale the Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 model, the company’s first available ultrabook.
The 13.3-inch Portege Z835-P330 is currently the cheapest ultrabook on the US market, with a price of $800. This price is maybe a surprise for many, because the 0.6-inch thin 2.5-pound laptop was expected to start at about $1,000 after the first announcement. The Z835-P330 offers the Intel Core i3-2367M dual-core ultra-low voltage 1.4GHz processor with embedded graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive. The inclusion of a 128GB SSD in an $800 ultrabook configuration is a big plus for the Z835-P330. For comparison, Acer’s S3 with a Core i5 processor and a traditional HDD was the cheapest ultrabook until now with an $840 price tag, while the similar SSD-equipped Lenovo’s U300s, Asus UX31E, and MacBook Air 13 start at more than $1,000.
Another proof that the Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 is not a totally trimmed-down system is inclusion of a LED backlight keyboard and Intel Wireless Display (Wi-Di) technology.
The display resolution is 1366 x 768 and the screen surface is anti-glare.
Since it’s an ultrabook, the Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 doesn’t include an optical drive, but does provide features such as a USB 3.0 port besides two 2.0 connectors, a built-in webcam and mic, Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN connections, a multi-in-1 card reader, and HDMI out.
For those confused by Toshiba’s laptop SKU and those who waited the Portege Z830 to hit the market, it good to know that the Z835 and Z830 are basically the same laptops. The 5 suffix in model names is used for pre-configured Toshiba notebooks sold through retailers, while those with 0 on the end are sold through Toshiba Direct and are often configurable.