A laptop designed for audio-visual editing : Toshiba Z30-B – Core i5-5200U

As an introduction to this analysis

Latest release in the range Toshiba, we’ve been running tests onZ30-B…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Toshiba Z30-B to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.

Z30-B enough for 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.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Toshiba with this Z30-B.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 13 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i5-5200U. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. 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. By offering only 128 Gb, this Z30-B is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 10 hours. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.

Is Z30-B one for watching movies and listening to music ?

You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Toshiba offers the Z30-B perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.2 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. 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. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it Z30-B has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i5-5200U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. 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. This is standard compared to computers currently available on the market.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.Toshiba promises 10hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.

Z30-B compatible with on the move use ?

Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Toshiba the design of this Z30-B. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. Here’s what it turned out : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by Toshiba.
With a weight of 1.2 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 13 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
CPU Core i5-5200U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 10 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 128 Gb SSD hard drive. 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. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Z30-B will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 13 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
This Z30-B allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. It’s one of the average laptops.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
With this Z30-B, Toshiba offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.

The Z30-B 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. Since the last generation designed by Toshiba, there have been many improvements on the components. The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i5-5200U does best. 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. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. With 10 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. This is the best on the market today.
On the connection side, the Z30-Bi s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
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. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
A quality product, designed by Toshiba with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. 

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. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
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.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
For online gaming, it Z30-B has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.2 Kg.
An excellent autonomy of 10 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
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.

Is the Z30-B adapted to office automation ?

Like the majority of its competitors, Toshiba has designed Z30-B for office automation. It is a mature product.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 1.2 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Ultimately, this Z30-B is an intermediate choice. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.

Z30-B the right choice for the right use

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Z30-B’ is average but will do the job very well.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– 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