The 10 Best Products Of 2007


Notebook of the Year: Toshiba Portege R400

It's bright, it's slick and it works like a charm. The Toshiba Portege R400 got our attention earlier this year and held it, winning our nod for Notebook of the Year. Lightweight and flexible, it's a laptop built to suit the needs of mobile business users. Its design weighs in at a breezy 3.75 pounds, and measures 14.2 inches x 10.6 inches x1.2 inches. The 12.1-inch LCD screen is built so the device can be converted to tablet form via special peg-and-guide hinge pivots and a latch-free lid. It also sports an integrated fingerprint reader, intuitive volume controls, built-in EVDO Verizon Wireless, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity. Toshiba also managed to integrate Microsoft Vista seamlessly while maintaining decent battery life (about four hours on standard battery use) and thermals. By year's end, Toshiba was getting ready to start shipping a next-generation version of this notebook design in the Portege brand. We can't wait to see what they come up with next. [READ MORE]