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Toshiba Portégé Z30-A
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Toshiba Portégé Z30-A 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB Jul 2014
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21 Reasons For

Good Brand

Toshiba is one of the better rated notebook PC manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Toshiba also has good ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Toshiba Portégé Z30-A is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC.

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In the last 1 days the price of the Portégé Z30-A has dropped by £90.00.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Portégé Z30-A supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Toshiba laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of this type and age.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of laptop is 133MHz.

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Quite Long Battery Life

At 12 hours, the Portégé Z30-A has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Portégé Z30-A. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Portégé Z30-A have battery lifes of between 2h and 4,400h, and the average battery life is 24h.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other 12h battery life laptops and we think the Z30, and the Z30 both from Toshiba which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a longer battery life then you might want to look at the HP EliteBook 820 (13.25h).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Toshiba Portégé Z30-A has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most laptops that are a similar age to it. 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 amongst all portable PCs of this age and spec.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium across comparable types of notebook PC.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the X1 Carbon, or the X1 Carbon both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Satellite Z30 which is cheaper.

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the HP EliteBook 850 (£1,198.78) (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Portégé Z30-A has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the ThinkPad X240, or the ThinkPad X240 both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Portégé Z30-A, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A has a front camera.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think cheaper laptops such as the Lenovo X1 Carbon is also worth considering.

There are a number of other portable PCs which also have a front camera that you might want to look at including the Portégé Z30-A, or the Satellite Z30 (£1,193.99) both from Toshiba.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on laptops of a comparable type and age to it.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

The lowest front camera resolution of laptops of a comparable age and type to the Portégé Z30-A is 0.3MP and the highest is 1,300MP. When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Portégé Z30-A that we have assessed the front camera resolution of, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A's front camera resolution of 2 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Portégé Z30-A is 12GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At 16 gigabytes, the Portégé Z30-A has a fairly big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Portégé Z30-A. Notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Portégé Z30-A have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 12GB.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

Most notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Portégé Z30-A have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Portégé Z30-A which has three USB 3.0 ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

At 300 candellas per square meter, the Portégé Z30-A has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Portégé Z30-A. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have display brightnesss of between 20 cd/m² and 1,200 cd/m².

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Fairly Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

With a maximum WiFi data rate of 433 megabits per second, the Portégé Z30-A has a fairly fast maximum WiFi data rate compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Portégé Z30-A. Portable PCs of this age and spec have maximum WiFi data rate of between 150 Mbit/s and 870 Mbit/s, and the average maximum WiFi data rate is 340 Mbit/s.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC 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 a comparable time to it.

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Light

Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg. At only 1.2 kilograms, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A is very light compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Portégé Z30-A.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.2kg heavy portable PCs currently available including the Satellite Z30, or the Z30 both from Toshiba which is cheaper.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Toshiba Satellite Z30 (£1,193.99) (1.2kg).

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Narrow

With a width of only 316 millimeters, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A is one of the narrower laptops of this age and spec amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Portégé Z30-A the widths range from 38mm to 430mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Portégé Z30-A has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (only 200 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops of this age and type is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Portégé Z30-A have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 660MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Portégé Z30-A has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (only 1,000 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Portégé Z30-A.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the notebook PCs of this age and type the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB. At only 128 gigabytes, the Portégé Z30-A has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this laptop to all the other 128GB total storage capacity portable PCs and we think the DELL XPS 13, and the Toshiba Z30 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£1,010.39) (256GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the Portégé Z30-A has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Laptops of a similar age and spec to the Portégé Z30-A have screen sizes of between 10" and 18", and the average screen size is 15".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 13.3" laptops currently available including cheaper laptops such as the Satellite Z30, or the Z30 both from Toshiba or the DELL XPS 13.

Portable PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo ThinkPad T440 (14"), or the Toshiba Tecra Z40 (14") which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.7 gigahertz, the Portégé Z30-A has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Portégé Z30-A range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 1.7GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the Toshiba Satellite Z30, or the DELL XPS 13.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (£1,299.89) (1.9GHz), or the Toshiba Tecra Z40 (2GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum graphics adapter memory of only 1.696 gigabytes, the Portégé Z30-A has a fairly small maximum graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum graphics adapter memory capacity of between 0.38GB and 5.9GB.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The average internal memory of similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago is 5.3GB, and the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including the HP EliteBook 850 G1 (£918.00) which is cheaper.

If this portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (£1,299.89) (8GB), or the Toshiba Tecra Z40 (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other similar spec laptops that came out more than two years ago, the Portégé Z30-A does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Lenovo X1 Carbon is also worth considering.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Portégé Z30-A is a 128 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Portégé Z30-A has one of the smaller maximum internal memories (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the laptops of this type and age the maximum internal memories range from 8.1GB to 33GB.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the Toshiba Portégé Z30-A

Released Over Two Years Ago

This notebook PC has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Optional Operating System
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter (UART)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
Security
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

27 May 2015

Compact, lightweight and capable business solution. This notebook impressed us with its sturdy and strict construction while keeping the weight low (1.2 kg). Despite the main polycarbonate body,...

Great design and build quality
Quality IPS panel that's even suitable for professional photo editing and design
A handful of useful ports and connectivity options (including 3G module)
Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Compact and lightweight
Outdated hardware (depends on your region)
The storage unit is mSATA SSD instead of M.2 SATA leading to lower readwrite speeds
Awkward trackpoint
Extremely noisy fan
Underwhelming batttery life

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers z30a1f, z30a189, z30a1fc, z30a1fd, z30a019, z30a192, toshiba z30a1, pt243e0d4053en, pt243e0d3053en, toshiba z30a1d, toshiba z30a1f, toshiba z30a1fd, toshiba z30a1fc, toshiba pt241e06p06, toshiba pt243e0d3053, toshiba pt243e0d4053, toshiba pt241e06p06u, toshiba pt243e0d4053e, toshiba pt241e06p06ue, toshiba pt243e0d3053e, toshiba pt243e0d3053en, toshiba pt243e0d4053en, toshiba pt241e06p06uen
Barcodes 04051528142624, 04051528150711, 04051528150889, 04051528153972, 04051528153989, 04051528154115, 09334427045018

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£ 409.99 £1,193.99
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DELL XPS 13 vs Toshiba Portégé Z30-A
DELL XPS 13
2 core Intel Core i7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3"
Toshiba Portégé Z30-A
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3"
£ 1,063.97 £1,193.99
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Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better
One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Bigger Solid-State Drive Capacity
Smaller Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
8GB Smaller Maximum Internal Memory

DELL XPS 13 vs Toshiba Portégé Z30-A

DELL XPS 13 vs Toshiba Portégé Z30-A
DELL XPS 13
2 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3"
Toshiba Portégé Z30-A
2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3"
£ £1,193.99
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Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better
One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Bigger Solid-State Drive Capacity
One More USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
2x Lower Front Camera Resolution
2x Shorter Battery Life
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