Toshiba Portégé Z835-P330 Ultrabook Review

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PCMark Vantage & PCMark 7

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, recently released this spring. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment. It combines 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, Web browsing, and gaming.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

The PCMark 7 score is interesting and a bit of an odd duck. Compared to the Zenbook with its faster processor and silly-fast SSD, the Z835-P330 limps way behind. However, it runs neck-and-neck, and even outpaces a handful of systems with stronger components and discrete level graphics. The reason? It's Toshiba's SSD, which even though it's a entry-level drive, is still faster than a mechanical hard drive with spinning platters.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated General Desktop Performance
Next up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s previous generation total-system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity.  Since we have a large database of scores for this test, we felt it would be good to give you additional reference points to compare to.

We see more of the same in PCMark Vantage, an older version of Futuremark's system benchmark. The only reason we list the Alienware desktop replacement machine in this group, is that the Asus Zenbook is already off the charts, so what's the harm? Be careful not to get the wrong idea though. If you look closely, you'll find the Z835-P330 outpacing a handful of well-equipped notebooks, though the scores obviously favor systems with solid state storage.

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