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: 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
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.
Cons: Dull display; expensive; no dedicated graphics card.
Excerpt: The Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 has plenty of power with an Intel Core i5-M560 processor running at 2.67GHz, supported with Windows 7 Professional 32bit and 4GB of RAM. It's not surprising, then, that it scored 117 in WorldBench 6 - streets ahead of its competitors in our recent ultraportable laptops group test .