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
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