I got a new gadget over Christmas break. This is going to have to be my last gadget…for a while anyway…as in more than a year. I got a Toshiba z835 ultrabook – and I love it. Instead of being a distraction that keeps me from work I need to be doing, it is a beautiful effective tool that makes doing my work fun.
I sold my Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Blackberry Playbook Prior to getting my new laptop. Samsung’s 1st generation Chrombook was a nice device – felt kind of cheap, but looked nice, worked well, but Google docs was not working to my satisfaction. I would type a test or worksheet and get it formatted the way I wanted, then when I printed it, the formatting was totally different. The 7″ 16 GB Blackberry Playbook is a nice tablet – perfect size, high-end feel, nice OS, but the selection of apps is horrible.
I’ve tried other options, but I keep coming back to a Windows 7 device running Office 2010 and Dropbox. This is the most efficient way for me to create and edit/update lesson plans, grades, and other documents at home and at school.
Toshiba z835 Pros:
- boots fast – around 20 seconds
- very light – 2.5 lbs
- long battery life
- back lit keyboard – didn’t know I needed it until I had it
- reasonable price – $799
- doesn’t get hot
- looks nice
- The extreme light weight of the z835 makes it feel fragile, thought I don’t know how fragile it actually is.
Though the individual specs don’t stand out as super awesome, when considered together, the Toshiba z835 is the best all around Ultrabook for using around the house, or in my case for a teacher. I let my 9 year old daughter borrow mine, but she knows she has to be careful with my gadgets, so I don’t know if it’s sturdy enough to stand up to students use. I did read a user review (I think it was on Best Buy) from a student who claims the z835 travels well in his backpack.
The Bottom Line: I think you get the best bang for your buck with the Toshiba z835.