Toshiba Portege Z835 review: Toshiba Portege Z835

Juice box
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370 Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.27
Sleep (10%) 0.78
Idle (25%) 7.00
Load (05%) 26.33
Raw kWh number 28.96
Annual power consumption cost $3.29

Annual power consumption cost
HP Folio 13
$2.80 
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
$3.29 
Asus Zenbook
$4.00 
Dell XPS 14z
$4.31 

The original Core i3 Toshiba Portege Z835 ran for 5 hours and 16 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That was better than some of the more expensive competition, and this Core i5 version does nearly as well, running for 5 hours and 6 minutes. That's a very reasonable trade-off for such a big boost to performance. HP's $899 Folio 13, however, runs nearly an hour longer, and the 13-inch MacBook Air does even better still.

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Folio 13
358 
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
306 
Asus Zenbook
285 
Dell XPS 14z
277 

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a customized support search page can direct you to online documents and driver downloads for this specific model.

The Portege Z835 was easily the best deal going for the first generation of ultrabooks, and a great way to get a slim SSD laptop at a very reasonable price. But its physical flaws are a lot harder to overlook at $1,000, especially when Dell and HP make such great alternatives for the same price or less. If you're interested in a Z835, check out Toshiba's site, which has a lot of preconfigured variants, as well as customization options, and find a version that gives you more for your money.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell XPS 14z
551 
Asus Zenbook
670 
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
755 
HP Folio 13
776 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell XPS 14z
160 
Asus Zenbook
192 
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
213 
HP Folio 13
219 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell XPS 14z
100 
Asus Zenbook
130 
Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
152 
HP Folio 13
153 

Find out more about how we test laptops.

System configurations:

Toshiba Portege Z835-P370
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Toshiba Solid State Drive

HP Folio 13
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Samsung Solid State Drive

Dell XPS 14z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2640M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 520M / 1GB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Toshiba Portege Z835-P330
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2367M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus Zenbook
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 128GB Solid State Drive

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-2677M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 256GB JMicron 616 Solid State Drive

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • CPU Intel Core i3 (2nd Gen) 2367M / 1.4 GHz
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Color silver, black keyboard
  • Weight 2.5 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
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