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Portege R700 - the thin and light 13.3"

Discussion in 'Toshiba' started by theawddone, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. theawddone

    theawddone Notebook Enthusiast

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    Toshiba Portégé R700 slides in with a thin design, Core power and an affordable pricetag -- Engadget

    Looks like the laptop they advertised a few months ago (don't remember thread title, but I figured a thread with the actual laptop name was appropriate) has been released, even though I cannot find it on their website, despite claims in the video.

    There's no mention of the screen resolution, so I am afraid that they don't offer any more than 768 vertical pixels and if that is the case, I still have to consider the Vaio Z12 or perhaps Envy 14 as my only choices =\

    No mention of the previously advertised quick-charging battery tech. either, wonder if they threw it out because of heat concerns.

    hopefully this link will actually contain a customizable r700 computer soon (only the dock/batteries are there at the time of posting): http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/searchResults.jsp?Ntt=r700
     
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    These have matte displays? Wonder how cool these actually run.
     
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    looking forward to that
     
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    Integrated graphics bleh.
     
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    Has anyone used the new intel HD graphics and 8400m GS? If so please tell me anything you noticed, i would really appreciate it. Coming from an m1330 with the nvidia i need something slightly more powerful for everyday 2D and HD work but nothing crazy...benchmarks don't tell the whole story. THANKS


    PS resolution is 1368 x 766. No other options available there.
     
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    anyone know how much extra to upgrade to 256GB SSD using Configure to order options? They only have pre-built models as it is.

    Also, to the OP, envy 14 is sooo much heavier (63% Heavier!) than this bad boy. But obviously higher spec'ed. Just not worth that much extra weight IMO. Sony is 2x the price.

    Sony docking station blows. This one has a perfect docking station with usb 3.0!

    This laptop is almost perfect if you ask me. I just wish they got rid of the optical drive and put in a real gfx card with switching capabilities. This thing could be even lighter and better! I can't remember the last time i've seen anyone use a dvd-rom on their laptop. They could have made more $ by making people buy an external dvd drive as well. They have wireless ones now that have their own batteries built in. It would have been a win across the board.
     
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    I agree entirely, if this had a ATI 5650 or a GT 330M I would buy it in a heartbeat, but as it is now, I cannot.
     
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    You can find the toshiba site to see whether there is an option for SSD. Even it is not there, I think you can upgrade it by youself. The price compared to other ones (e.g. Envy, Macbook pro, Sony Z11) is very good. I think it is due to the lack of powerful graphic card. Anyway, it is designed for business or daily use nor to gaming.
    So I think it is very competitive in this echelon.

    The other reason why no dedicated graphic card, I think it is due to the slim and thin structure design.

     
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    Certainly, if there is a model with intel HD + 5650, would buy it instantly, do not understand what happens with the manufacturers, are about to have a perfect 13, and do not see in front of their noses...
     
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    I'm still going to get this bad boy. I don't game so I think I can get by without dedicated gfx. It looks perfect. Check this out....

    Toshiba Portégé R700 hands-on [Video] - SlashGear


    really wish there was an option for 256 GB SSD and 4GB in 1 DIMM. Hopefully that comes when the CTO models are available.

    BTW I think the price really wasn't all of the reasoning behind no dedicated gfx. motherboard is tiny on this, switching components would have made it bigger and dedicated gfx would have created more heat that this thing can't handle as it is. optical drives are cheap as hell and light, so they probably couldn't do it. at least not in this iteration.
     
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    I doubt putting a high end switchable GFX like a 335M in this bad boy would've been doable without sacrificing thinness and its 1.3kg weight. In 2010, there are still some tradeoffs required between portability and performance though Toshiba pushes those limits nicely. Still, I have to agree that it's fun to fantasize.

    This is definitely a work machine for CPU-intensive applications. If it's got the structural rigidity that Toshiba claims the honey comb structure gives it, it'll definitely be a real Macbook Pro 13 competitor. Too bad this notebook is arriving in July. There's a chance I may get it too late if I order then.
     
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    + Matte screen
    + Express card slot
    + Good Design
    + 3.2 Lb
    + Great Battery Life
    + Backlit chiclet keyboard

    - no nvidia 310/320 gfx :(

    hopefully this will arrive before july 15th and prices on amazon will be lesser than the MRP on Toshiba
     
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    I've contacted with toshiba spain, and they state that the laptop will be available in spain in august...

    Hope so, seems the very best option for me!
     
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    That is a good news.
    Cheap price on amazon
    haha

     
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    Where did you find the information that amazon will sell it before July 15th.

    Thanks.

     
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    i didn't. note : hopefully!
     
  17. Ahbeyvuhgehduh

    Ahbeyvuhgehduh Lost in contemplation....

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    I saw it the other day available on the USA amazon.com site through someone else but I can't seem to find it today for some reason....
     
  18. jinxianfei

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    Quote this news:

    As with its predecessors, the R700 is completely surrounded in magnesium metals, only instead of silver, the new versions will come in standard black or navy blue (available at Best Buy only).
    Hands On with the Toshiba Portege R700 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

    But I can't find it in Best Buy website. I am curious to know when it is available on its or amazon's site, because I am not in US.

    Hopefully it will come soon on any of these two sites.
     
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    :wub: anybody pre-order? i did, and i'm excited. :D i love toshiba: great everything. :radar:
     
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    What country and store?
     

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