Toshiba Tosses Hat in Ultrabook Ring with Portege Z830 Series

Intel's Ultrabook category is starting to heat up and it won't be long before this hot new sector reaches a rolling boil, just as netbooks did before tablets took over. The latest addition to the Ultrabook category comes from Toshiba, which today unveiled its Portege Z830 series.

Pricing starts at under $1,000 MSRP, exactly where Intel ultimately envisions all Ultrabook models residing at. At 2.5 pounds and 0.63 inches thin, the Portege Z830 is roughly 20 percent lighter and 40 percent thinner than the ultraportable Portege R830.

"The Portégé Z830 Series sets a new standard for thin and light systems, not just in portability, but also in affordability for such cutting-edge designs," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Toshiba’s engineering achievements and expert craftsmanship have resulted in a brilliant and fully thought-through innovation that exceeds expectations, perfect for both mobile business professionals and consumers."

Specs will differ by configuration, however all models will feature a second generation Intel Core processor and DDR3 memory. Other features include a 128GB solid state drive (SSD), full-size LED backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, USB Sleep & Charge technology, Hi-Speed Start technology (powers up within seconds), and a sleek and sturdy magnesium alloy casing reinforced with an enhanced Honeycomb Rib design and new internal structures for shock absorption.

Look for the Portege Z830 to ship in November 2011.