After seeing that US online prices for high-end Ultrabooks have dropped 22% from the original launch prices, it’s good to see other countries showing similar price drops. This Amazon.co.uk offer on a Toshiba Satellite Z830 is particularly interesting. £698.80 is 22% below list price! [US Readers – This is a 120% consumer price that includes sales tax. Business buyers pay around £580]
I’m a Z830 user myself so I can vouch for this Ultrabook. You’ve got all the ports you need, a great SSD (ignore the reports of poor write speeds, it performs exactly when you need it) and the backlit keyboard is something you’ll never want to lose once you’ve had it. The Z830-10T on offer here has the Core i3 CPU at 1.4Ghz. (Without Turbo Boost as seen on other Ultrabooks.)
A wobbly screen might distract some and the fan noise when under load can be annoying in a quiet room but the rest is pure Ultrabook. You’ll absolutely love the weight too. SDXC, Centrino Wifi and Matt screen are all worth noting.
Having tested two versions we have to declare the keyboard as a little hit-and-miss. Our current model has a space-bar that is sometimes reluctant to register. A previous model we had, from Germany, had no such issue. Seriously though, for this price, it’s a great deal and worth testing out.