Ultrabook is considerably a new category in the industry, but its market is now crowded with numerous products from many reputable manufacturers. Basically, ultrabook has a slimmer body when compared to laptop; as a matter of fact, such design is the major selling point.
Nonetheless, as the competition in the market grows, manufacturers cannot rely on the slim profile only; refinements should be applied in all aspects for the products to continue to sell. A prime example of such a product is the Toshiba Portege Z35 Ultrabook, which is a part of the Z30 series. Toshiba actually released some products included in Portege Z35 model; the most popular ones are Z35-AST3N08 and Z35-ASTN06, which mainly differ on the display.
Toshiba Portege Z35-AST3N08 and the Z35-AST3N06 both equipped with latest 4th generation Intel Core i7-4500U mobile processor. Everything else is plain similar, including the design, screen size, memory, expandability features, storage, and connectivity.
One of the most distinguishable features of Toshiba Portege Z35 is the magnesium alloy chassis, which ensures the durability aspect of the skinny device. The ultrabook weighs only 2.6 pounds and 0.63″ thin. This series is one of the lightest among 13.3-inch ultrabooks currently available in the market. Another important part of the profile is the LED backlit keyboard with a spill-resistant feature. The screen is a HD TruBite LED display with 1366×768 native resolution 16:9 aspect ratio; it also supports 720p contents. Main diference between Toshiba Portege Z35-AST3N08 and Z35-AST3N06 is a touchscreen. Only Z35-AST3N08 available with HD TFT LED Backlit Touchscreen Display.
The Portege Z35-AST3N08 and Z35-AST3N06 are also similar in terms of memory and storage device. Each of them has 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz and 256GB SSD. Neither of them has an optical drive; however, each has a high speed USB (3.0) port, so it is good for connecting a portable DVD drive. Users can expand the memory with Micro SD card, Mini SD card, or Micro SDHC.
According to the manufacturer, the 4-cell/52Wh Lithium-Ion battery can run up to 12 hours per charge. Both ultrabooks mentioned are Energy Star qualified, meaning that they use less energy than any conventional computers do. Battery life is always a concern because the ultrabooks do not have user-replaceable batteries. The battery comes with standard 1-year warranty.
Except the absence of modem port, Toshiba Portege Z35 has a good range of connectivity options including the Intel Wi-Fi Wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.0. Actually, AST3N08 and AST3N06 are identical in connectivity features. Prtege Z35 equipped with 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, full HD webcam (2.0M) and stereo microphone.
A latest Windows 8.1 64 bit is the pre-installed operating system. Other programs include Adobe Flash Player or Microsoft Office 365, Internet Explorer 10, Norton Internet Security, and some Toshiba software and utilities.
Toshiba Portege Z35-AST3N08 and Z35-AST3N06 basically feature standard specifications, but each has a powerful 4th generation Intel processor. The aluminum chassis is durable and the body is slim; they can be the major selling points. The features such as hard drive capacity and screen size and may not be good enough for gamers or professional users, but the ultrabooks will surely handle everyday computing tasks with ease.
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