Toshiba's ultrabook will make one of its first appearances at Best Buy for $899, undercutting Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Air by several hundred dollars.
Toshiba Portege Z835: That configuration includes a 1366x768 glossy display, magnesium casing, a 1.4GHz Core i3 processor (with Intel HD 3000 graphics), 4GB of memory, an SD card slot, HDMI output, a VGA ports, a USB 3.0 port, and a 128GB solid-state drive. All at only 2.45 pounds.
Apple MacBook Air: By comparison, Apple's least expensive 13.3-inch MacBook Air is priced at $1,299 with a 1440x900 display, aluminum casing, a Core i5 processor (with Intel HD 3000 graphics), 4GB of memory, Thunderbolt port, USB 2.0 ports, SD card slot, and a 128GB SSD. The Air weighs 2.96 pounds.
"At $899, the Z835 is a good value when compared to the $1,299 MacBook Air...but it makes a few compromises," Laptop Magazine said. Those compromises include the display (not as bright as the Air's) and performance (again, lower than the MBA's because of its use of lower-end Core i3 processor), according to the review.