The high-performance laptop for audio-visual editing : Z30-B – Core i5-5200U from Toshiba.

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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Toshiba Z30-B to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

Z30-B compatible with internet use?

Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Toshiba with this Z30-B.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Material that seem to be well-designed.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i5-5200U. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 128 Gb, Toshiba considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 10 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Toshiba is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.

Z30-B the right choice for watching movies ?

This Z30-B is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.2 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Z30-B. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Core i5-5200U that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 5500, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
In the connectivity part, you have 3 ports available. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this Z30-B one. You get 10 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!

Is Z30-B planned for travelling ?

An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisZ30-B. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1.2 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 13 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The processor Core i5-5200U is inferior to other competitive products.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Toshiba; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With this laptop and its autonomy of 10 hours, you have in fact one of the best models of the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Toshiba was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 13 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
With 3 connectors, this Z30-B allows multiple connections. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
With this Z30-B, Toshiba offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.

Z30-B the right choice for audio or video editing ?

If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this Z30-Bmeets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Toshiba has designed an interesting product. The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Core i5-5200U. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 128 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Z30-B allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Here, it’s 10 hours of autonomy available. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Z30-B receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
With the Z30-B, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing. 

The Z30-B for online or local games.

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Z30-B is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.2 Kg.
With an autonomy of 10 hours, it’s better than the competition.
It Z30-B is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

The Z30-B for office automation.

Like the majority of its competitors, Toshiba has designed Z30-B for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
A laptop that won’t match the users who have been won over to Windows. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.2 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.

In short, is the Z30-B, the right choice ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Z30-B you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing