I’ve been watching GBM like a hawk today because I knew they were getting in a First Impressions are here.for testing. At last we’ve got a final, retail version in the hands of someone that knows what they’re doing. Josh Smith is the man and his
The model being reviewed is the Toshiba-P330 with 1.4GHz Intel Core i3 (2nd gen), 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
The SSD is confirmed as the Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ and it’s bad news.
As I thought yesterday when I saw the BAPCO tests, it’s the ‘standard performance’ SSD from Toshiba with a very non-ultrabook-like 50MB/s max write speed. Yes that’s 1/10th of the write speed of the SSD on the and it’s a potential showstopper. Small block write speeds are nothing exciting either at 4MB/s. Why oh why did Toshiba put a low-performance SSD on what is supposed to be a high-performance device, under their premium ‘showcase of technology’ Portégé brand? Head on over for a CrystalDiskMark test to see the proof.
I feel like I should stop here and cancel my Z830 order. I was planning on using it for video editing and I don’t want any hold-ups on moving around large file chunks. A fast SSD is critical to remove as many bottlenecks as possible. Maybe theis a better choice.
[Update: Based on this SSD information I have cancelled my Z830 order. If it launches in Europe with a faster SSD I may re-order. Thejust rose to the top of my list although i'm waiting for confirmation on touchpad fixes before ordering.]
Interestingly, the device being tested has a glossy screen. I was assured that the final models (OK, it was an EU rep. that told me) would have a matt screen. On checking my order I see that the one I have ordered also has a glossy display. (I’ve ordered the Satellite Z830 10j in Germany.)
OK, I don’t want to get too negative here. Josh has some good things to say and this is just his first impression. Let’s keep a close eye on GottaBeMobile over the next week.