Summary: Frequent travelers and business users searching for a highly portable notebook with Core i5 power should consider the $849 Toshiba Portege R835-P88. For their money, consumers will get a notebook that can multitask and easily switch from work to play. Consumers looking for a slimmer, lighter option should consider the $899 Toshiba Portege Z835, which weighs just 2.4 pounds and has a 128GB SSD, but lacks an optical drive and gets less battery life.
Pros: Thin lightweight frame, Large accurate touchpad, Runs cool, Long battery life
Cons: Skinny mushy keyboard keys, Somewhat dim display
Conclusion: When Toshiba released the Portege R700 in 2010, it came out of nowhere. We didn't have ultrabooks on the market, and nobody was expecting a design like that from Toshiba of all companies. The design served them well, and they extended that design language to respectable notebooks like their Tecra R840 and R850 lines.
Conclusion: The Portege R835 is truly a standout in the 13.3” screen laptop class, you get so much for the money which explains why this model has been selling like hotcakes. I can’t think of any other 13.3” laptop that uses a metallic body, has 8 hours of battery life, built-in optical drive and Core i5 processor that can be found in the $700 range . It’s not a perfect laptop, I’d like to see improvement in the screen and something done about the keyboard to make it more usable,...
Excerpt: The Toshiba Portege R835 is a 13.3” portable laptop that has on paper specs that would make you think it costs over $1,000, but in reality can be picked up for around $800. Some of the stand out features for the Portege R835 are: Weighs only 3.2lbs Built-in optical drive yet still thin Durable magnesium-alloy [...
Conclusion: For those who’s wallets or will power just can’t manage to break the $1000.00 marker for a quality 13.3 inch laptop, the Portege R850 is a terrific choice. If you’re just looking for a way to achieve optimum personal computing without the extra strength needed for advanced gaming or content creation there isn’t a better option on the market.
Conclusion: The Portégé R835-P56X might not have the best keyboard or speakers, but its stellar application performance, long-lasting battery, and decent 3D-graphics performance—all for under $1,000—outweigh these caveats and make it one of the best values you’re going to find for an ultraportable. Making it even more appealing is its impressive feature set, highlighted by its optical drive, sturdy construction, WiDi technology, and USB 3.0 support.
Summary: We liked but didn't love the last Toshiba Portege because it ran a little hot and we experienced some problems with the touchpad. Toshiba has addressed those issues with the Portege R835-P56X. The company also beefed up the graphics performance while maintaining more than 6 hours of battery life--without ballooning the price.
Pros: Much improved graphics, More than 6 hours of battery life, Built-in WiDi 2.0 technology, Large accurate touchpad, Runs cooler than predecessor, Lightweight design with DVD drive
Cons: Small keys, Below-average Wi-Fi performance, Annoying software pop-ups