Super-thin laptops called ultrabooks are PC makers' answer to the rising popularity of tablet computers such as Apple's iPad.
Of late, a range of PC makers such as Acer, Asus and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have developed their own brands of ultrabooks that cost on average US$1,000 (Dh3,673), and which have high-performance computing with powerful Intel Sandy Bridge processors.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has also come to the party with its ultrabook brand called the Portege Z835.
But the Portege costs just $800 on BestBuy.com. Also, it is 16mm thick and weighs 1.12kg, which is close to 227 grams lighter than Apple's MacBook Air.
Despite its slim and featherweight features, the company has still managed to include two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, headphone and mic ports, plus ports for ethernet and HDMI cables along the sides of the device.
The laptop lives up to the ultrabook standard of performance too; it is able to boot up in 23 seconds, and it has up to eight hours of battery life thanks to its eight-cell battery.
Running multiple programs and downloading files from the Web can easily be done at the same time with this computer, without slowing down its performance.
However, on the down side the Portege's look and feel leaves a lot to be desired.
Its grey-on-black boxy design is rather boring and dated, and its keyboard is strangely configured, because the individual keys are seemingly spread more widely than the average laptop.
Having said that, the keyboard does have useful features such as being what its makers call spill-resistant.
Furthermore, it has back-lighting as well, which is useful for those who (for whatever reason) find themselves having to type up documents or emails in the dark.
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