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Toshiba Portégé R600-11B review

Does Toshiba's ultraportable make too many sacrifices?

Our Verdict

Limited power, but an impressive package and with a great keyboard

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Unbelievably light and portable...

Against

  • ...but performance and features have been majorly sacrificed as a result

Toshiba's Portégé R600 range has been around for a while now and comprises some of the most portable laptops you can buy. The Portégé R600-11B is a high-end machine, offering excellent connectivity and good usability.

The 12.1-inch screen is unusual as it uses transflective technology. With a matt finish that both reflects and transmits light, it allows you to use the machine in any lighting conditions, and also means you can turn the brightness settings down to a minimum when in direct sunlight – vastly improving the battery life. It won't suit all users, however, as it suffers from very limited viewing angles.

Toshiba has also fitted a host of other components that aim to save on battery life, including an integrated graphics card and an ultra-low voltage (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.4GHz.

These components help to offer an excellent 478-minute battery life, although performance is limited as a result. Even with 3072MB of memory, lag is apparent when multi-tasking, making it a machine suitable for basic office use only.

The keyboard on this laptop is amazing, considering the small size of the chassis, with large and responsive keys that move near silently. Tapered edges make it easy to distinguish between the keys when touch-typing, making this an ideal choice for long-term business use.

It is also one of the lightest laptops you can currently buy. This particular model features an integrated DVD drive, which puts the weight up to 1.1kg, but it's also available without an optical drive, weighing an incredibly lightweight 825g.

Lightweight chassis

Such a low weight is achieved through the use of magnesium alloy throughout the chassis. It's highly flexible, feeling more like plastic to the touch, but is a great choice for those intending to carry their machine around for long periods of the day. It lacks the sturdy feel of the other laptops, however, which is worth considering if you carry your laptop in a bag alongside other products.

Toshiba portege r600 11b build

As with the other laptops here, wireless connectivity is excellent, with 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast access to networks and a 3G/HSDPA module that lets you browse the internet on the move. The required SIM card is located beneath the battery and is easily accessed. It's also not tied to a specific network, so you'll be able to choose a tariff that best suits your needs.

If you place mobility above all your other needs, then the Portégé R600-11B is well worth a look. The transflective screen won't suit all users, however, and its limited performance may also deter those looking for power.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8.41 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
Product FamilyPortege R600
Processor ModelSU9400
Operating SystemWindows Vista Business
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.30 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height25.5 mm
Width283 mm
Depth215.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesR600
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelR600-11Q
Product NamePortege R600-11Q Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePortege
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPPR61E-01G00CEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed to offer the very latest in lightweight and mobile computing, Portege R600-11Q Notebook is stylish, but packs all the power and features of product twice its size. It demonstrates a perfect balance between function, style, weight and ultra-portability.

Maximum Memory5 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Portege R600-11Q Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Windows XP Professional Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty3 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz