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The laptops I have had in the past have been bulky and awkward to carry around, and quite heavy. When I saw the Toshiba Portege Z830-12D, I fell in love with its size. Its very light, nearly half the size of an average laptop, its just perfect, for carrying around, I just slip it in my bag, it does not weigh down my bag, you would not even know I had a laptop in my bag.
Its a bit pricey, but definitely value for money.
The hard drive is not really big, compared to a lot of laptops that are more than half the price, but it is big enough for general use, if your someone who has millions of files, you can always up grade the hard drive and memory.
One thing I don't like is, it does not have a recovery disc, it has a pre-installed recovery on the hard drive. I much prefer to have a physical item, not an invisible recovery software on the laptop. I worry if the laptop does not start, how do I get the internal recovery to work. Having a disc, I can put the disc in the external DVD Rom drive to start recovery.
My last laptop constantly never moved when I would click to open a file, it would take ages, I would get really annoyed waiting, it used to take ages when I click a link on the Internet, I don't have this problem at all with my Toshiba Portege Z830-12D I love the speed, as soon as you click it on the page of your choice, its very fast.
The graphics are good, it has great webcam images,
You would think the keyboard would be difficult to use as the laptop is a lot smaller than the average laptop, the keyboard is very smooth, the buttons are a very good size, easy to access. The keyboard is very user friendly. Its actually the best keyboard, I have used on a laptop.
I normally have problems setting up the WIFI on my previous laptops, I am usually trying to configure it for hours, then I give up, then try again, eventually I manage to set it up. On my new Toshiba Portege Z830-12D I have had no problems setting up the WIFI its very straight forward, just follow the on screen instructions.
If you want to listen to music, I listen to music a lot, so I bought a really nice pair of speakers to enhance the sound coming out of the laptop, the sound quality is brilliant, I recommend adding external speakers, the internal speaker are not very good.
I charged my battery for a few hours, the first day my laptop arrived, I was unable to use my laptop till a couple of days later, as I was busy doing other thing. When I finally used my laptop, I was so amazed at the length of time it took before I had to re-charge it, I used my laptop over a period of 3 days. Before I purchased this laptop, my previous laptop batteries only lasted about 5 hours, and after a couple of months, they would lose power to charge. I think my new Toshiba Portege Z830-12D will have a longer life.
The Toshiba Portege Z830-12D lacks a DVD Rom drive, I was a bit disappointed when I was purchasing it, but it was pointed out to me that all I needed was a external DVD Rom, so I went and brought a nice slim external DVD Rom drive, all I have to do is attach it to one of the USB ports on my laptop. It works perfectly.