Toshiba Portégé R830 - X3435 Notebook Review

  • price

    ₹85,589.00

  • tech2 rating

    3.2/5

  • user rating

    1.8/5

Toshiba’s Portégé series has been around for quite a while now, but they’ve often slipped under the radar, leaving their more flashy competitors to make a noise about their wares. Nevertheless, in terms of functionality, the Portégé series has been right up there with the others. Toshiba recently launched their Portégé R830 notebook in the Indian market. Is it worth the investment? Let's find out. 

a 13.3 inch screen

a 13.3 inch screen

 

 

Design and Build Quality

The Portégé comes in an all black design with a hint of silver along the edges. It’s portable, light in weight and has a matte finish to it, which gives it a very demure plain look. The lid is quite thin and the R830 is one of the thinner notebooks in the market currently. 

 

The notebook has pretty much everything covered, in terms of connectivity options. The charging port, VGA port, eSATA cum USB port, HDMI port and USB 2.0 port are located on the left, while the USB 3.0 port along with a DVD writer, SD card slot, headphone, mic jack and LAN port are located on the right.

Connectivity ports

Connectivity ports

 

 

Along the interior, the speakers are located above the keyboard with one pair situated next to Toshiba's utility Eco key. The screen to projector key is separately located at the top as well. In between the keyboard and the touchpad, we have the touchpad lock key and the fingerprint scanner snugly fits in between the soft keys of the touchpad. The design isn't really anything extraordinary, but it does have that elegant sophisticated look of a no - nonsense laptop.

 

In terms of build quality, we were pretty impressed to see the panel around the 13.3-inch display well re-inforced. The two hinges on either ends of the laptop are extremely sturdy as well and there was no wobbling of any kind. The bottom panel is pretty tough as well and in terms of ruggedness, it looked quite comparable to the ThinkPad X220, we reviewed earlier. Toshiba have done pretty well to get the right design and build for the R830. 

 

Features

The R830 is powered by an Intel Core i7 – 2620M CPU running at a clock speed of 2.70GHz. It’s got 4GB of RAM under the hood along with 640GB of hard disk space of which around 583GB is available to the user. It’s got Intel’s integrated HD graphics card 3000 as well and the display comes in at a resolution of 1366 x 768. In terms of connectivity, the notebook comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a webcam capable of recording at 720p. On the software part, the notebook comes with the 64-bit Windows 7 Professional operating system. They’ve got a couple of integrated software that come bundled with the laptop as well and we’ve covered them in the next section.

Bulletin board

Bulletin board

 

 

Toshiba Bulletin board allows users to use their workspace quite literally as a bulletin board. So, you can pin items to the bar, drag and drop photos and view them collectively, get gadgets and tools and utilize your screen as a white board. It's a well thought of application and it’s definitely 10x better than the bloatware apps we’re more often used to seeing from manufacturers.

There’s also the ReelTime application that neatly arranges all your photographs, documents and videos in files for easy viewing. Applications like these are quite welcome, because neither do they put too much strain on system resources whilst running in the background, nor do they get classified as bloatware. On the contrary, if you’re presenting something or segregating your files, they do come quite handy. Besides these, there’s a PC diagnostic tool, and a recovery media creator bundled in as well.

Control panel

Control panel

 

 

The laptop also supports power off charging, so if you leave your devices connected via the USB, they can charge, even if the laptop isn’t powered on. We’re seeing this more often now and it was present on the 5830TG as well. It’s definitely a good feature to have, because it’s great for charging a dead handset on the move. 

 

Performance

The laptop has extremely quick boot up times, it took around 17 seconds before we could start off with our work on the R830. Multitasking too isn’t an issue and the Core i7 processor definitely flexes its muscles out here. The R830 has decent viewing angles, but we didn’t like the default brightness and contrast settings. In terms of comfort, we quite liked typing on the keyboard and the keypad. We didn’t like the placement of the fingerprint reader, but that’s more of a personal choice. 

Keyboard and trackpad is brilliant

Keyboard and trackpad is brilliant

 

 

The laptop is slightly elevated, due to the raised battery panel at the back and it makes for easy typing. The only addition we’d have loved to have would be a backlit panel. Movement detection is fast, and the laptop immediately notifies you, in case it’s subjected to a lot of movement, helping secure your hard disks. We did notice some noise, though when the R830 was pushed to its limit. Heating issues are pretty much non-existent under normal performance, but we did notice some heating along the left bottom area in our high performance test. This ultraportable device does the work efficiently, but don’t expect it to do it quietly. 

Slim and portable

Slim and portable

 

 

Besides the real world tests, we put the R830 through our synthetic benchmarks to guage its power and in a nutshell, this model quite impressed us. Have a look  at the scores below.  

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

 

 

Battery Life

In our Battery Eater Pro test, the Portégé R830 gave us a runtime of two hours and five minutes with all performance settings maxed out. It didn’t fare as well as the X220, but hey second place isn’t bad still, right? Under normal usage, you’ll get around 6 hours of usage, so no more worries about running out of juice while travelling. 

Another look

Another look

 

 

Verdict

The Portégé R830 is priced at Rs.85,589 (MRP) and Rs. 80,990 (MOP). It’s got the specs, but the price is quite exorbitant. The only noticeable cons in the performance were lack of a backlit keyboard and slight overheating when pushed to the max. Besides that, it’s fast, efficient, powerful and has a brilliant battery life – the bare essentials needed for a powerhouse performer. If the pricing is not a problem for you, then the R830 is a good buy. 


Specifications

Toshiba Portege R830 is the ultra slim, ultra portable laptop designed for customers seeking feather-light mobility packed with high performance. Despite being the lightest (1.57 Kgs) and the thinnest (1” thick) , it comes packed with the power of 2nd Generation Intel Core processor for multitasking plus a built in optical drive, thanks to the AirFlow Cooling Technology co-developed by Intel and Toshiba. R830 has been designed to ensure it keeps running for up to 8 hours on battery. Its sleek design and superb style will make our customers stand-out from the crowd. Features like magnesium casing, hard disk protection accelerometer, finger print reader give enhanced protection and security to R830. Protect & Fix, Secure, Connect and Optimize. Toshibas proprietary EasyGuard technology helps you stay constantly mobile and protected thanks to a suite of features such as safeguards against physical damage, security features that keep your data private, and software that optimize the performance and power usage of your notebook. Do not let the sleek and light design of Portege laptops leave you thinking they are light on power too. Unlike others, when time comes to get the job done they really get down to business. With full-powered Intel Core processors beneath the hood you will be multitasking effortlessly. And thanks to a built-in optical drive, loading programs, backups and sharing work becomes a no-brainer.

Processor Description

Processor Intel Core i7-2620M
Speed 2.7 GHz
Cache 4MB
Turboboost Yes
Turboboost Speed 3.4 GHz

Memory

RAM 4GB
Type DDR3
Speed 1333 MHz
Expandable upto 8GB

Hard Drive

Inbuilt HDD 640GB
Speed (RPM) 5400 RPM
Format 2.5 inch
Optical Drive Yes

Display Features

Screen Size 13.3 inches
Maximum Display Resolution 1366 x 768
Panel Type HD LED display CSV Screen

Chipset

Chipset Model Intel QM67 Express
GPU Model Intel HD Graphics
HDMI Port Yes

Networking

Ethernet Port (Nos) 1
Ethernet Type 1 Gbps
WiFi Type 802.11b/g/n

Audio

Audio Solution High Definition Audio
Channels 1.0
Speakers Built-in Stereo Speakers

Connectivity

USB 2.0 ports 2
USB 3.0 ports 1
Bluetooth Yes, V2.1 + EDR
Built-in Camera Yes, 0.3MP
Microphone Yes
Fingerprint Reader Yes
Digital Media Reader SD, SDHC, SDXC, mini SD, micro SD

Battery

Battery (Type) Li-Ion
Battery Life 8 Hrs
Battery Cell 9 Cell

Operating System

OS Windows 7
Version Professional

Dimensions

Dimensions (W x D x H) 316 x 227 x 26.6 mm
Weight 1.4

Misc Bundled Software

Other Features Honeycomb Rib Structure Chassis|#|Airflow Cooling Technology|#|3 Control Buttons|#|Docking Station|#|Spill-Resistant Tiled Keyboard upto 30 CC|#|Toshiba Face Recognition|#|HDD Password|#|TPM|#|3D Motion Sensor HDD|#|User power on Password|#|Supervisor Password

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1 Year

Price

Warranty Period 1 Year

Published Date: Jan 24, 2012 04:41 pm | Updated Date: Jan 24, 2012 04:41 pm