Toshiba Portégé R600 review

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There are a couple of ergonomic disappointments. The screen – due in part to the transflective technology – has poor viewing angles, so needs to be positioned at a precise point for perfect viewing. There’s also no lid catch, so if you sling the R600 into a bag be careful what you put in with it.

So this isn’t the perfect laptop, and as a sheer object of desire it falls short of the MacBook Air and the Sony Z21. But it’s eminently practical, and its price, integrated 3G modem and low weight all work in its favour. While the Z21 remains our outright favourite ultraportable, this is a great choice for mobile professionals – especially if they’ll take advantage of that transflective screen.


Warranty 3 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 283 x 216 x 25.5mm (WDH)
Weight 1.2kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
RAM capacity 3GB
Memory type DDR2

Screen and video

Screen size 12.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset Intel GMA X4500MHD
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0


Capacity 200GB
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes

Other Features

Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3MP
TPM yes
Fingerprint reader yes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 420
Battery life, heavy use 188
Overall application benchmark score 0.72
Office application benchmark score 0.73
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.79
Encoding application benchmark score 0.62
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.73

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows Vista Business 32-bit
OS family Windows Vista

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