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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Toshiba Z30-B according to what you are going to do with it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
Z30-B the right choice for surfing the internet?
Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that Toshiba has developed this Z30-B.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 13 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i5-5200U. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Z30-Bis a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 128 Gb, this Z30-B is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 10 hours. Toshiba is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
The Z30-B- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This Z30-B is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.2 kilogram.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it Z30-B has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Core i5-5200U that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
With Intel HD Graphics 5500, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
In the connectivity part, you have 3 ports available. This is standard compared to computers currently available on the market.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.You get 10 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.
Z30-B compatible with on the move use ?
An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisZ30-B. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. The bottom line is this : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by Toshiba.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. The 13 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Too bad for the processor Core i5-5200U that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Toshiba; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Toshiba was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 13 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
This Z30-B allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
In brief, this Z30-B can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
The Z30-B for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. It appears that this Z30-Bmeets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Toshiba, there have been many improvements on the components. The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i5-5200U does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Toshiba made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Z30-B has only got one, with total 128 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 10 hours of autonomy available. This is the best on the market today.
On the connection side, the Z30-Bi s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Z30-B is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing.
Z30-B for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Toshiba in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Toshiba like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
For Wi-Fi technology, Toshiba decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.2 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
An excellent autonomy of 10 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
It Z30-B is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Is the Z30-B adapted to office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Z30-B is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
A laptop that won’t match the users who have been won over to Windows. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1.2 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This Z30-B eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
Finally, the Z30-B….
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Z30-B’ is average but will do the job very well.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing