Design & Layout
It's hard to see in pictures, but there's a subtle brushed aluminum motif going on with the silver lid and extending to the wrist rest inside. Chrome colored hinges and Toshiba's logo sitting smack dab in the middle accent an overall attractive machine. When closed, the Z835-P330 feels well built and sturdy despite its lightweight design, though there's a hint of flex if you press down on the lid that will make you leery about tossing around your backpack with this Ultrabook tucked inside.
As for the hardware, we covered the main bits on the previous page, but if you require more processing oomph, Toshiba also offers a couple of better spec'd configurations, including the Z830-S8301 (Core i5 2557M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128GB SSD) and Z830-S8302 (Core i7 2677M, 6GB DDR3 memory, 1238GB SSD). The big difference is the processor:
- Core i3 2367M: 1.4GHz, 3MB cache, 350MHz GPU, No Turbo Boost
- Core i5 2557M: 1.7GHz, 3MB cache, 350MHz GPU, 2.7GHz Turbo Boost
- Core i7 2677M: 1.8GHz, 4MB cache, 350MHz GPU, 2.9GHz Turbo Boost
While the body feels tight and sturdy, the little bit of flex we noticed in the lid becomes a whole lot of elasticity when we open it up. The screen is easily bendable to the point where you'll feel like the world's strongest man (or woman) simply by gripping each side and flexing it back and forth. Otherwise, the hinges do a good job of keeping the limp screen in place.
Typing on the Z835-P330 takes a little getting used to. The keys are a little smaller than we would like, and this is especially noticeable on the spacebar. Our thumbs naturally want to sit below the slimmed down spacebar, which is an annoyance until you adapt to the layout. The click action is fair, which is to say it's neither spectacular nor crummy.
Below the keyboard is a two-button touchpad with multi-touch support. It supports gestures like pinch, swipe, rotate, and scroll. There's also a button just above to disable the trackpad altogether.
Over on the left side of the Z835-P330 is a microphone jack, headphone jack, and a full size SD card slot, all positioned towards the back.