Notebook: Toshiba Portege R700
Toshiba has long been one of the top mobile PC vendors because of the quality and reliability of its products and because its hardware engineering remains top of the line.
This year, Toshiba launched its Port�g� R700 the latest in its lineup for business and came to the table ready to compete.
The system that came to the CRN Test Center lab for review was built with an Intel Core i3 M 350 processor, at 2.27GHz, and 4 GB of RAM. It was built with a massive, 500-GB (453 GB usable) hard disk drive, one of the biggest drives weve seen in a notebook.
Running Primate Labs Geekbench 2.1.1 benchmarking software, the Port�g� R700 scored 3,576very nice performance for a notebook in this class. The unit weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces on our scale (with the battery in place). Thats about 25 percent lighter than most notebooks we review, and only slightly heavier than netbooks weve looked at lately.
The glossy, 13.3-inch LCD is bright and makes for comfortable viewing in a number of different lighting scenarios.
Running the CRN Test Centers standard battery life test, which is to disable all power-saving features and run a video from the hard drive continuously until it shuts off, the Port�g� R700 ran for 4 hours and 14 minutes the best battery performance weve seen yet in the Core i3 class.