Toshiba Satellite Z30t Review – Matte screen on an otherwise dull ultrabook





Toshiba Satellite Z30t combined with a matte screen with a touchscreen. The screen is of good quality, with high contrast and good viewing angles. Also, the battery life is eight hours long time. The casing is a bit clumsy for an ultrabook and is beautifully finished, but has the advantage that there is much room for connections. Memory and mSATA SSD are fairly easy to upgrade.

Matte screen with touchscreen
Long battery life
Hardware is upgradeable


Quite large for an ultrabook
Finishing could have done better

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Price at time of publication: € 1290, –

Toshiba brings twenty years are compact business laptops under the Portégé brand. The last ultra book from which series is the Z30t, which is provided with a fingerprint scanner, a smart card reader, and a dock connector. For ordinary consumers, Toshiba showed all those extras omitted, but added it to a version with a 512GB SSD and a mat-touchscreen. Especially the latter we do not often encounter and we are therefore wondering if Toshiba thanks to the anti-reflective coating has built the ideal laptop touchscreen.

Toshiba Satellite Z30t

The outside of the Z30t is made ​​of gray plastic that has a striped pattern on the outside of the screen, making it somewhat has the look of brushed aluminum. On light gray plastic hinges after, however, it remains that under some pressure on demand. Around the keyboard and the wrist support is not the case, but the keyboard or springs back to what it. Despite the acquiescence indicates the housing of the Z30t does a good impression.

The fact that the Satellite Z30t is derived from a business Portégé variant still is clear from the housing. At the bottom is clear to see where the dock connector to the business Z30t should sit, which is covered by the Satellite with a plastic plate. The icon indicates that the dock connector is next to it, but the connection fails. Also above the touchpad is a not very elegant plate that marks the spot where the Portégé variant are two mouse buttons for the trackpoint. The Satellite has to do with just a touch pad.

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Keyboard and Touchpad

Touchpad seems at first sight to be quite large, but the aforementioned image at the top, and make no silver cover at the bottom part of the surface. Below the touchpad are two lines somewhat rougher feel than the rest of the touchpad and indicate where you have to press a mouse click. Feedback from these keys feels somewhat unclear on.

The touch of the keyboard does give a clear feedback, though it is unfortunate that the keyboard under relatively low pressure already meeveert. For use in dark environments, Toshiba has added keyboard lighting illuminates only the white characters on the keys. The secondary functions of the keys, which are accessed with the Fn key is illuminated, for example, what can be annoying if you’re in the dark does not know by heart what key the volume is softer.

The Satellite execution of the Z30 hardly differs in terms of the Portégé connections. Only the smart card slot and connector for a docking station on the bottom make the difference. Because the Z30t is fairly thick for an ultrabook, there is enough space for all connections, which therefore fullsize be performed.

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Peripherals for a total of three USB 3.0 ports and also present both analog monitors and digital displays can be connected via HDMI and D-Sub. On the right side of the laptop there are a gigabit ethernet connection and an SD card reader, while there is left inserted an audio input / output. For an ultrabook the Z30t has been given a great range of connectivity options.


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