- Editor's Rating
- Excellent Performance
- Bright Screen
- Good Battery Life
- Good Keyboard and Touchpad
- Magnesium Alloy Cas
- 1366 x 768 Display
- Core i7 model is expensive
- Thicker, Larger and heavier than an Ultrabook
- No Blu-ray
- No Discrete Graphics
Quick TakeToshiba's diminutive Portege series of computers offer Ultrabook like portability with notebook functionality.
The Portege product line from Toshiba has long been known for its strong performance and great flexibility, and the Portege R930 is no different. Equipped with advanced features like a DVD-RW optical drive and a variety of ports, the R930 should not be confused with an Ultrabook. That being said, some users may find the latest Ultrabooks on the market more appealing than this device.
Weighing a little more than 3.3 pounds, the R930 sports a 13.3-inch display that is protected by a magnesium alloy lid, with the computer measuring 1.05 inches thick overall. One down side of this device is its 1336 x 768 resolution, which makes it difficult to multitask with multiple document windows open at the same time. Users will have no shortage of ports though, thanks to the computer’s full-size ExpressCard/54 expansion slot, a dedicated docking station port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 plugins, an HDMI output, and an SD card slot.
Typical of Toshiba products, the keyboard on the R930 is responsive and easy to use, while the touchpad provides good traction for fingertips. NotebookReview also found the device to be an excellent performer, which is mostly in part to its third-generation Intel Core i7 dual-core 2.9GHz processor, 128GB SSD hard disk and Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture. It’s important to note that Toshiba offers the R930 in a number of configurations, some of which feature weaker processors. With this particular model priced at $1,700, lower-end versions start at $750.
While Toshiba touts an 8 hour battery life for the R930, NotebookReview found that its device running Windows 7 Pro lasted for 6 hours and 49 minutes during testing, a respectable score for the computer’s 66WH 6-cell Lithium ion battery.
Overall, the Toshiba Portege R930 is an excellent ultraportable computer, yet with many of the latest Ultrabooks on the market offering better resolutions and lighter travel weight, consumers may be torn on which to choose.