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Toshiba Portégé R600-13Z review

This business class laptop uses transflective LED screen tech

Our Verdict

This laptop uses cutting-edge tech to full effect. There is enough power to multi-task and enough battery power to keep it running all day

Product features

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

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For

  • SSD drive
  • Good battery life
  • Quality screen
  • Connectivity
  • Water resistant keyboard

Against

  • Keyboard is a little spongy

Toshiba's Portégé laptops are built for the business user, and the R600-13Z is a fantastic laptop which cements the Holy Trinity of portability, performance and usability under one roof, with very few concessions made - despite its small and very light form factor.

The laptop boasts the inclusion of a dual-core Intel processor and 3072MB of memory. Running word processors, internet browsers and email clients simultaneously won't prove an issue for this laptop, making it more suited to intensive work than the Sony VAIO VPC X11Z1E/X.

As with the competition, an integrated graphics card is employed and means very little multimedia work is possible. This machine also provides the least amount of storage space, with only 128GB of space in place via a Solid State Drive – similar to the one used in the Sony.

Unlike a standard mechanical hard drive, the SSD is less susceptible to damage and therefore minimises the chances of data loss if dropped. If you want to know more about SSDs, check out our all you need to know feature.

Toshiba has also done well to fit an optical drive into the very small chassis. Not only can you listen to music CDs and watch DVDs but you can also back up your work to recordable or rewritable CD or DVD.

The 12.1-inch screen features a 1280x800 pixel resolution and provides a sharp and crisp picture. It uses transflective LED technology which absorbs and then bounces light back out, providing decent colour reproduction and excellent contrast, even when outdoors.

The laptop is intelligently built and, while some have complained about the excessively flexible screen lid, Toshiba has in fact designed the laptop this way to reduce the risk of cracking under pressure.

Although the chassis feels weak because of its low weight, it is in fact highly durable.

Water-resistant

The keyboard boasts a well-spread design with tapered keys that are very comfortable to type on. There is a little sponginess, but the board is water-resistant and we've witnessed it be flooded with liquid while the rest of the laptop continued to run fine.

Toshiba build

Portability is good, with an impressive weight of only 1kg and an excellent 385-minute battery life. While not as long as the Asus' here, this provides you with pretty much all day usability.

A raft of extra features have also been crammed in, including a 3G module, fingerprint reader for added security and even an eSATA interface.

The Toshiba Portégé R600-13Z impressed us almost across the board. It is expensive but, unlike the Sony, this is because it's packed with cutting-edge technology that provides great performance and usability.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive CapacityNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
Product FamilyPortege R600
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Processor ModelSU9400
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional Downgradable to Windows XP Professional
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)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.30 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
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 ModelR600-13Z
Product NamePortege R600-13Z Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePortege
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPPR61E-03J04REN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

For those seeking supreme portability and styling, plus the benifits of the latest technologies, there's Portege R600-13Z Notebook. Ultra-thin, super-light-ideal for mobile executives or serious travelers.

Maximum Memory5 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Portege R600-13Z Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Windows XP Professional Edition Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz