Tag Archive | "fan"

Tested. Z830 BIOS Update Fixes Fan (Plus Bonus Paint Job)

Tags: , , ,


P1040079Here I am, typing on a Toshiba Z830 in a quiet environment. What can I hear? Nothing!

If you haven’t read my review of the Toshiba Z830, you might want to go through it because the only major problem with the Z830 was the fan noise. Toshiba have now fixed the fan noise and turned the Z830 into the best gen-1 Ultrabook. At least in my opinion!

I’m testing the BIOS 1.6 fix (a simple automated download via the Toshiba Service Station application) on a Z830 that Intel has given me as a long-term test device and it’s been on for about 20 minutes now while I type in eco mode. It’s still silent.

Time for some web browsing….. I’m expecting to be able to spin the fan up after a few minutes of browsing in eco mode….

Read the full story

A Closer look at the HP Folio 13

Tags: , , , , ,


hp_folio_13HP-Folio-1

Ugly? Practical? Heavy? Flexible? The HP Folio 13 is a strange Ultrabook in that while it doesn’t follow fashion in terms of looks and weight, it’s possibly a good thing because it also packs ports, features and battery capacity that other Ultrabooks don’t.  The HP Folio 13 could turn out to be the sensible choice among Ultrabooks in the first half of 2012

Video overview below. Full specifications, gallery, links to videos and reviews available in the HP Folio information page.

Read the full story

Skinned Acer S3 On Review Duties

Tags: , , , , , ,


It looks like Intel got themselves a nice little mod done on the Acer S3 and having seen it, we think there’s going to be more of this going on next year. Personalisation was always an important aspect for car manufacturers, why not with Ultrabooks? The casing paint-job is based on a CPU design and there’s an interesting I keyktop too.

ultrabook-I-key   ultrabooks3 mod

The modded Acer S3 appeared at a mini review by Design Milk and you can check out their thoughts on the Acer S3 here.

We’ll have a full review of the Acer S3 up tomorrow. It’s been better than expected and has turned out to be an honest Ultrabook with no showstoppers. Meanwhile, this article is being typed on a Toshiba Z830 and although its packed with specs, there’s an issue with fan noise that means we’re likely to switch to the S3 for the next article! Join us on Friday 16th at 2100 CET for a live review of the Toshiba Z830.

Search UMPCPortal

UMPCPortal Top 10

GPD Pocket 2
7.0" Intel Core m3-8100Y
Viliv S5
4.8" Intel Atom (Silverthorne)
GPD Win 2
6.0" Intel m3 7Y30
Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
HP Chromebook 11 G3
11.6" Intel Celeron N2830
Archos 9
9.0" Intel Atom Z510
Microsoft Surface Go
10.0" Intel Pentium 4415Y
Lenovo ThinkPad P40
14.0" Intel Core i7 5500U
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
12.0" Intel Core i5 7200U
Lenovo IdeaPad A10
10.1" ARM Cortex A9 (Dual-Core)