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 Z935 Ultrabook, which is a part of the Z930 series. Toshiba actually released some products included in Portege Z935 model; the most popular ones are Z935-ST2N02 and Z935-ST2N03, which mainly differ on the processors.
Toshiba Portege Z935-ST2N02 is powered by Intel Core i5-3317U with speed up to 2.6GHz with turbo boost, while the Z935-ST2N03 is equipped with Intel Core i7-3667U up to 3.2GHz; both are listed as 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core processors. 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 Z935 is the magnesium alloy chassis, which ensures the durability aspect of the skinny device. The ultrabook weighs only 2.46 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 TruBite TFT display with 1366×768 native resolution 16:9 aspect ratio; it also supports 720p contents.
The Portege Z935-ST2N02 and ST2N03 are also similar in terms of memory and storage device. Each of them has 6GB DDR3 1600Mhz and 128GB 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 8-cell/47Wh Lithium-Ion battery can run up to 8.35 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 Z935 has a good range of connectivity options including the Intel Wi-Fi Wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.0. Actually, ST2N02 and ST2N03 are slightly different in connectivity features. The former is equipped with 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, but the later features 802.11 a/g/n.
A genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) SP1 is the pre-installed operating system. Other programs include Google Chrome, Microsoft Office Starter (Word and Excel only), Microsoft Live Essentials, and some Toshiba software and utilities.
Toshiba Portege Z935-ST2N02 and Z935-ST2N03 basically feature standard specifications, but each has a powerful 3rd 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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