FRESH Tech: Toshiba Announces new Ultra Portable Laptops


I don’t know, my sweet spot for laptop viewing are the 15 inchers. I find anything less than that kind of difficult to work with. So I’m not a fan of the so-called netbooks or ultra-portables. But I definitely understand the appeal, especially if you are a frequent traveler. I’ve gotten to the point now where I don’t want to take my Dell with me anywhere, it’s too clunky and heavy to carry around, so while I’m not a fan of small lappys, I can see myself getting addicted to carrying one, like Toshiba’s brand new 12.1 Portégé R500. This thing is tempting, but the $1,399 price gives me a little sticker shock.  This tiny little machine packs a lot of power, it ways 3.3 pounds, 1.18 inches thin, and has 6.9 hours of battery life! That alone, tempts me, I’m tired of laptops that only stay charged for an hour. At 6.9 hours, I can actually get some work done while I’m on the go – the whole point of laptops. If that’s not enough, they don’t skimp on features it includes a 250 Gig HD, 3 Gigs of Ram, Express Card Slot, 2 USB Ports, SD Slot, DVD Superdrive, Wi-Fi and an Intel Processor. But no bluetooth or firewire. So you get, battery life, portability, and standard laptop features for $1,399.  I’m tempted, don’t buy, remember the small 12 inch screen….

Updated: October 22, 2008 — 12:18 am