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Toshiba Portege R700 review

The latest generation of the Portege ultraportable looks to be the best

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Small and light
  • Core i7 CPU
  • Decent build quality

Against

  • Spongy keyboard

The Portege R600 has long been one of our favourite ultraportables and it has now been upgraded with the Portégé R700 – the lightest Intel Core-powered laptop we've seen at 1.1kg.

Toshiba claims up to nine hours of battery power will be on offer, but since our review sample was a pre-production unit, we were unable to confirm this.

Despite its tiny form factor, the review sample we saw featured a high-powered Intel Core i7 620M processor and 4096MB of DDR3 memory. Core i3 and i5 models are also planned for release and even at this pre-production stage this is one of the most powerful ultraportables we've seen.

During preliminary testing, we found the laptop extremely fast to use, running standard office applications and more demanding programs with ease.

The use of an integrated Intel GMA HD graphics card means even basic multimedia tasks such as photo or video editing are also possible.

Toshiba and Intel have developed what they call Airflow Cooling Technology. This places the core components near the chassis' edge so that a fan can continually draw cool air into the chassis to be blown over the components to keep them cool.

The system works well in allowing such powerful components to be used inside such a small laptop, but we did notice the left side of the chassis gets quite hot during intensive use.

Resilient design

As well as being thin and light, the chassis is incredibly tough. Only the lid feels flimsy, but is in fact designed to flex under pressure, reducing the risk of cracking.

The 13.3-inch screen uses transflective LED screen technology for optimum visibility indoors and out, and the panel provides great colour and contrast.

Usability is less impressive, although this could be a result of our pre-production test machine, with the isolated-style keyboard proving one of the spongiest we've used.

To keep the chassis as light as possible, a 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) has been used rather than a standard 2.5-inch hard drive. While SSDs are less prone to data loss caused by knocks and bumps and also provide very fast access to your data, the limited storage space is an unfortunate trade-off.

More pleasing is the fact that Toshiba has managed to squeeze a DVD rewriter into such a small laptop, for read/write access to CDs and DVDs.

Connectivity is also top-notch, courtesy of 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet. There's also a 3G module for wireless broadband access.

Even at this pre-production stage, we're very impressed by the Portege R700. While there are a few minor niggles, we're confident they will all be resolved for mass-production and this is sure to be a big winner for Toshiba.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8.16 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
Product FamilyPortege R700
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor Modeli7-620M
ColourMagnesium Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.66 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.48 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.24 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height26.6 mm
Width316 mm
Depth227 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR700
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelR700-185
Product NamePortege R700-185 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePortege
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPT311E-01P01JEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

For those seeking supreme portability and styling, plus the benefits of the latest technologies, there's our Portege family. These models range from ultra-thin, super-light laptops - ideal for mobile executives or serious travelers, to our highly flexible Tablet PCs, which help students embrace today's advanced digital learning.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Portege R700-185 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year