Summary: The Toshiba Portege R700 is an impressively portable laptop, both in terms of size and weight. But we've seen cheaper machines that offer better displays and performance than our R700-160 configuration.
Pros: Extremely light; very slim; highly usable.
Cons: Dull display; expensive; no dedicated graphics card.
Excerpt: Is the Toshiba Portege R700-S1310 the ultimate ultraportable? Frankly, it comes as close as any we've tried lately, impressing us in a number of ways. Here are ten notable traits of Toshiba's 3.2-pound slimline. First and foremost, it costs $999 . This is a big deal as well as a good one; the Portege brand has always been one of Toshiba's premium labels, commanding price tags well into four figures (and sometimes north of $3,000).
Excerpt: In honor of the 25 years Toshiba has been making laptops—starting with the T1100 in 1985—Toshiba is dubbing its new R700 an “anniversary” system. The laptop is the newest addition to Toshiba’s venerable Portégé line of business ultraportables. It follows on the heels of last year’s R600 , which received a 9/Kick Ass in our August 2009 issue, and the R500 before that.
Summary: Untiring business professional. Toshiba promises up to 12 hours of battery life on its homepage. On top of that one can expect good application performance based on its specifications which include Core i7-620M CPU and 128GB SSD. Our comprehensive review reveals what kind of punch this business professional is packing in a test of strength.
Pros: Outstanding application performance, Long battery life is possible (depending on the work load), Light, slim design, Stable magnesium case with nice look and feel, Optical drive, Interface equipment with HDMI and eSATA and docking port, Pleasant keyboard, Precise touchpad supports multi-touch maneuvers, Outstanding application performance thanks to fast SSD and long life from the large battery
Cons: Noise development, Heat emissions under load, Illumination and contrast of the display, The fan modulation and the noise characteristics of the fan are in dire need of improvement. Further, the screen could be better contrasting and more evenly illuminated.
Conclusion: We're quite fond of the Toshiba Portege R700: it's very slim, incredibly light, has an internal optical drive and a capable battery for just under a grand. Sweet. If you're looking for an ultralight among 13" models, the R700 stands out for value and portability. Sure, it's not clad in metal like the 13" macBook Pro but it's much lighter and won't give you hot flashes when using it on your lap. In fact, it's as light as the MacBook Air, but more powerful.
Pros: Super-slim and light, yet affordable., Extremely light and portable. Slim and attractive and finds room for an internal DVD drive. Sharp, bright display. Good keyboard.
Cons: Keyboard travel is low., No Bluetooth on the base R705-P25 model, keyboard travel is relatively low.
Summary: Frequent travelers or anyone else looking for a highly portable but powerful notebook will find a lot to like about the Portege R700. It's one of the fastest notebooks we've tested under 4 pounds, and the design feels stronger than its 12-inch predecessor. We also appreciate the machine's 6 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, we had to dock points for its high temperatures and less-than-stellar ergonomics.
Excerpt: We've reviewed more expensive models in Toshiba's ultra-portable Portégé range , but the R700-17W is considerably lighter on the wallet. It lacks an optical drive or a 3G modem, but it weighs only 1.3kg and lasts for almost seven hours away from the mains. For those who value peace of mind, its three-year warranty is a big plus.