Summary: Prices for the Toshiba Portege R700 start at just £629, making it a bargain that's simply too good to miss. Powerful components, excellent comfort and the scarcely believable sub-1.3kg weight make it one of the best laptops on the market.
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).
Conclusion: The Portege R700 is in fact an elegant, slim and sufficiently robust companion for business trips. The fact that the thin design isn't only an advantage is witnessed by the emissions. Under load, our tester can get pretty warm. Moreover, other negative aspects included the unnerving fan modulation as well as the fan's sound characteristics.
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.
Pros: Fast performance, Sturdy lightweight design, Long battery life, Three-year warranty
Cons: Bottom runs hot, Small keys, Loud fan, Mediocre webcam