Toshiba has good average reviews for its medium processor core laptops as well as across its entire portable PC range compared to other brands.
Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
Most medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Z30 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Toshiba Z30 which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Toshiba Z30 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs of this age and type support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all laptops of a similar age and type to the Z30.
Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.
Quite Long Battery Life
The battery lifes of portable PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 2h to 4,700h. At 12 hours, the Toshiba Z30 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.
SSD Storage Medium
The Toshiba Z30 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as 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.
An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium amongst all laptops that have been around for more than two years.
The worst storage medium across similar types of laptop is HDD.
Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the DELL XPS 13 (£1,199.99) (SSD).
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other laptops of this age and type, the Toshiba Z30 has a front camera.
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64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory
The smallest maximum internal memory of medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Z30 is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Toshiba Z30 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.
802.11g WiFi Standard
The Toshiba Z30 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it. This Toshiba laptop has an 802.11g WiFi standard, whereas most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the Z30 WiFi standards range from 802.11a to 802.11n.
Three USB 3.0 Ports
The Toshiba Z30 is a three USB 3.0 port portable PC.
The widths of medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years range from 28mm to 430mm. At only 316 millimeters, the Toshiba Z30 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.
When compared to other laptops of a similar age and type to the Z30 that we have assessed the weight of, the Toshiba Z30's weight of only 1.2 kilograms is one of the lightest. Across all the medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as the Z30 the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg.
13 Reasons Against
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of notebook PCs of this age and type range from 200MHz to 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the Toshiba Z30 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst portable PCs of this age.
Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
The Toshiba Z30 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (only 1,000 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
The Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory supported by processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Z30 is 23GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 2GB to 32GB.
Quite Small Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Toshiba Z30 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Z30. The total storage capacity of laptops of a similar age and type to the Z30 range from 1GB to 1.5TB.
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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The Toshiba Z30 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Z30 which have a full-size keyboard.
Quite Small Screen Size
With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The screen sizes of medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as the Z30 range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 15".
Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed
The average processor clock speed of portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Z30 is 2.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.7 gigahertz, the Toshiba Z30 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.
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 medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it.
Quite Small Internal Memory
Notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Z30 have internal memory of between 1GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.1GB. The Toshiba Z30 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most laptops of this age and spec do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Toshiba Z30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity
Most similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Z30 have between 8 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, including the Toshiba Z30 which has 128 solid-state drive capacity.
Only Four Battery Cells
Most comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Z30 have between two and eight battery cells, including the Toshiba Z30 which has four battery cells.
Only 1,000 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
Toshiba released the Z30 over two years ago.
Intel Core I3 Processor Family
The Toshiba Z30 has an Intel Core i3 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.
Intel Core i3, Intel Core i3-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
133, 1333, 333, 1600
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDIO
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
1366 x 768
Touch Sensitive Screen
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4400
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
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11a, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
SATA III Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi 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 Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Embedded Options Available
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Height At Front
Height At Rear
AC Adapter Included
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video