At CES 2012, Toshiba presented a cheaper ultrabook alternative for home users that is also worth carrying for school, business or office use. It’s a Toshiba Satellite 14-inch Ultrabook prototype that is a stripped-off version of the Toshiba Portege Z830 in the US, also known as the Toshiba Satellite Z830 in Australia.
Toshiba Satellite 14-inch Prototype Specs and Features:
- 14-inch HD TruBrite LED-backlit display (1366x768p)
- Intel’s next generation Core processors codenamed “Ivy Bridge”
- full-size chiclet type LED-backlit keyboard
- Hybrid SSD/Hard Drive Storage (Flash memory)
- Toshiba Hi-Speed Start Technology
- Intel Rapid Start Technology
- USB Sleep and Charge
- Sleek Design at 0.78-inch (19.8mm) Profile
- Lightweight at less than 4 lbs
- Full-size ports (2 USB, 1 LAN)
- Card Reader
- Currently on Windows 7 but may come with the New Windows 8 OS
Unlike the Dell XPS 13, Toshiba representatives at CES 2012 said it may come with SSD or Hard Drive but it may also comes with both (a hybrid).
This Toshiba Satellite 14-inch Ultrabook was intended for the mainstream audience which means home users unlike the Portege Z830 that was meant the highly mobile business-type of users. However, the 14″ ultrabook was given an Aluminum finish that is stronger than plastic but cheaper than the Magnesium alloy in the Portege Z830 so it’s still strong enough to carry outdoors.
The Portege Z830 and Z835 are at a higher price range but was occasionally offered for as low as $699 so expect the Satellite 14-inch prototype to be about the $699-$799 price. This will obviously be cheaper htan the HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook.
The unnamed Toshiba Satellite 14-inch Ultrabook prototype’s release date is expected in Late Spring or Early Summer 2012.