Summary: The R400 is an innovative Tablet, but it comes with a hefty price tag. It has a solid design that works great in Tablet and notebook mode. There is no flimsy feeling to it and the LED backlit screen is great for watching movies or checking out your favorite photos.
Excerpt: We debated whether we should reveal the Portégé R400’s price tag up front or save it for a surprise ending. OK, here goes: It’s $3,500, easily making it the most expensive ultralight we’ve ever laid our hands on. But what an ultralight it is!
Pros: Striking looks may have you confusing this laptop for a Mac. WAN system works flawlessly — a rarity for Vista notebooks. Mediocre 2 1/2 hours battery life is bolstered by an enormous, included, power slab. Screen is crazy bright: The 12.1-inch display uses LED backlighting.
Cons: Spring-loaded hinge tends to slam the lid shut violently. Only two measly USB ports. Touchpad and mouse buttons are too small and placed too far to the right. Second mortgage required to cover cost.
Summary: I have to admit though, I want the R400 to succeed. It does a lot of great things, but in our view it’s version 1 hardware that needs to be improved to find a viable market share. Toshiba put two years of engineering into this product and the work shows.
Excerpt: The propaganda With its combination of shiny white and black plastic, the Toshiba Portege R400 looks a bit like the offspring of two different laptop breeds. It's certainly striking to look at. It's a tablet PC too – but unlike…
Summary: The last year has not been kind to Toshiba's Portege R400. While it retains the advantage of being a tablet, in all other respects the rest of the ultraportable crowd have left it well behind.
Pros: Excellent usability, Lightweight yet relatively rugged, Perfectly suited to Vista
Cons: Exorbitant price, Ancient specs, Keyboard flexes when typed on, Mono sound, No webcam, Heavy, Tiny touchpad, Screen rotate disables 3G in one direction, degrades quality in another
Conclusion: The Toshiba Portege R400 Tablet PC may carry a premium price tag, but it comes with some innovative new features and the promise of more still in later models. It's sturdy and lightweight, and looks stylish.
Pros: Toshiba edge display, Latch less lid, Sturdy and sleek design
Cons: Premium price, Key features currently not active