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Toshiba Portege Z835 slips in under $800 at Best Buy

updated 06:25 am EST, Mon November 14, 2011

Toshiba launches sub-$800 ultrabook

After being expected to launch at $899, Toshiba has teamed with Best Buy to launch its Portege Z835 at under $800. The move may be an exclusive deal with Best Buy as Toshiba seeks to counter news that Lenovo has plans to launch its X1 Hybrid ultrabook at under $800 as well. This now puts potential PC competitors at up to $500 less than a similar 13-inch Macbook Air from Apple.

The Portege Z835 offers an Intel 1.4GHz Core i3-2367M processor with integrated HD 3000 graphic and is matched with 4GB DDR3 memory. It centres on a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1366x768) and includes a 128GB solid-state drive. It has a built-in webcam and microphone, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi for connectivity. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium and weighs 2.5 pounds and measures just 0.6 inches thick.

Ultrabooks, a category spawned by Intel earlier this year, have been seen as way of tapping into the success that Apple has enjoyed with its ultra thin Macbook Air range to boost sales of PCs. After apparently struggling to get ultrabooks under $1000 just a few months ago, there are now two ultrabooks selling for well below this price.

However, contrary to expectations, vendors including Acer and ASUS have experienced slow sales and have cut orders by up to 40 percent. It is these disappointing sales figures that may have prompted manufacturers to target a new, more aggressive price point. [via CNET]

by MacNN Staff




  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not quite an MacBook Air

    > Portege Z835 offers an Intel 1.4GHz Core i3-2367M processor

    Yeah, no wonder it's less than a MacBook Air. The MacBook Air comes with the second generation i5 and i7 processors and is clocked at a higher speed. The MBA should be about twice as fast as this Ultrabook.

    One wonders what other compromises they've made. Acer got to $800 by using cheaper parts and a display that has done poorly in reviews.

    People who are buying a MBA are willing to spend the extra $400 for a much better machine. You're not selling Ultrabooks to people looking for bargain basement systems because they don't have the money. You might be able to sell a $400 laptop low end laptop because someone needs a computer and that's all they can afford, but someone in the market for an "ultrabook" can afford the extra $400 to get what they really want.

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