Make Canoe my Homepage

Toshiba Satellite P50t-A review: A solid touchscreen laptop

- December 4th, 2013
Toshiba Satellite P50t-A

Toshiba Satellite P50t-A. (HO)

Finding a good, reliable laptop can be a chore. For myself, I always want something that’s not too heavy so it’s portable and has a good battery life. And as I am occasionally using memory intensive programs, whether it be for work or play, I want something that’s fast and powerful. And hopefully doesn’t get hot too quickly so it doesn’t burn away my manhood as  I use it on my lap.

And on all of these points, the Toshiba Satellite P50t-A satisfies. The p50t-A is an all-around solid laptop. It runs on a 2. 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor and has 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 16 GB). This means the machine is powerful enough to run a number of memory sucking programs at once, without having too many issues.

Read more…

Extreme Toshiba field testing with Matt and Jamie

- May 1st, 2013

toshiba steam

I always get a kick out of extreme anything – whether it is extreme sports, extreme makeovers or extreme ridiculousness. Of course being the gadget guy, when I came across Toshiba’s extreme attempt at this genre, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Furthermore, I thought something light to follow the last day of tax season would release a little stress that some of us may have had.

Read more…

Toshiba’s Z830 Ultrabook Blows The MacBook Air Away

- December 7th, 2011

If you’re tired of trucking a massive laptop with you to school or for business travel, it’s time to take a look at Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are lightweight laptops designed to be super-portable yet still function like the workhorse you need. While the MacBook Air gets a lot of hype (deservedly so), Toshiba has just released an incredible Windows-based competitor called the Z830.

The Z830 is Toshiba’s first entry into the new ultrabook category, and they’ve nailed it out of the gate, offering a super-fast computer with all the bells and whistles. The Z830 is lightest in its class for 13.3” displays, thanks to a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloy. It’s even thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air, measuring 1.6 cm thick and weighing in at under 2.5 lbs!

Despite its light weight, the Z830 is a heavyweight when it comes to power. The super thin, ultra-light Z830 is stacked with a second generation Intel Core i3 processor that’s ready to rip through everything you throw at it. With 128GB of incredibly fast SSD storage you’ll be impressed with how fast browsing and accessing your media really is.

The Z830, which retails for approximately $150 less than the MacBook Air, doesn’t scrimp on connectivity either. It offers both HDMI and VGA connections, an SD card slot and three USB ports. And don’t worry about spending time getting up and running – Toshiba’s new ‘Hi-Speed Start Technology’ lets the Z830 series boot Windows in mere seconds.

When considering purchasing an ultra-portable laptop you definitely want to consider durability. The Z830 is tough, thanks to the ribbed magnesium body for strength, and it’s got a spill-proof backlit keyboard. That’s something every MacBook Air owner who has destroyed their laptop by spilling liquid on it wishes they had.

You can pack the power adapter up to go, but with an 8-cell battery you might want to leave it at home, as it can run up to 8hrs. Another thing I like is Toshiba’s USB Sleep and Charge technology, so I can charge a USB device like a smartphone even when it’s powered down. That’s pretty convenient.

All in all, the Toshiba Z380 ultrabook is comparable to the MacBook Air in performance, battery life, and style. However it’s got the popular Apple laptop beat when it comes to durability and price, making it my pick for one of the best laptops of 2011.

GetConnected is giving one away this week, enter to win here.