Toshiba reveals R500 sub-notebook with 128GB SSD
Keeps mum on the price, though...
Toshiba has extended its Portégé R500 sub-notebook family with a pair of new models that both pack in 128GB of solid-state storage.
The R500-12P and R500-12Q are both based on Intel's 1.33GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo U7700 processor, 2GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory and said 128GB SSD. Both squeeze a multi-format DVD writer into their 283 x 215.8 x 19.5-25.5mm cases.
Toshiba's Portégé R500: now with 128GB of solid-state storage
Like other R500's, the two new models incorporate 12.1in, 1280 x 800, LED-backlit screens driven by Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics cores; 802.11n Wi-Fi; three USB 2.0 ports; one Firewire port; Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth; a PC Card slot and an SD memory card slot.
Both models run Windows Vista Business Edition. So do two other new R500s, the R500-11Z and the R500-121, but these also come with Windows XP Pro, albeit "as recovery media on DVD-ROM", as Toshiba puts it.
The 11Z and 121 both use 160GB hard drives for storage. Their other specs match those of the SSD models.
Their prices won't be comparable, of course, though we can't say for sure because Toshiba has yet to say what it's going to charge for the new models. The current R500-10U has a 64GB SSD and a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo U7600 processor and retails for around £1750.
i bought one of this....
series for one of our users who goes abroad a lot (having lugged an HP NX series around, on and off trains and planes myself, i understand the need for a small and light machine).
I managed to find one with XP on it too from Insight.
Nice laptop but strewth how much crap do Toshiba pre-install on their machines nowadays?! I've been strictly HP (Business notebooks, so no pavillions) for the past few years, and HP's come with a fair amount of junk installed but tosh really do take the cake. The system tray took up about a third of the taskbar! 3 system tray icons that all deal with me turning the volume up and down, is that really necessary????!!!!
After a thorough msconfig session and tidy up it now runs pretty well, though i'm not entirely sure how long it's going to last as the screen flexes when you move it, so build quality is yet to be proven
It seemed the only option as the small HP's were megabucks at the time, and even the cheapest of those only came with core solo chips. I hate Vaio's with a passion so they were not even considered.
At least it came with 3 year warranty....but when my user accidentally snaps the screen in half i doubt that will be covered
Is it though !
Hey guys.. wanna buy this r500 124 coz of good specs. Heard few bad things and wanted an opinion please:
1. Toshiba bad customer service.
2. It gets uncomfortably hot under the left hand.
3. Very slow with multiple applications.
4. Batteries last 2 hours only if using WMP and working on an excel sheet.
...will it enable the R500 to handle more than 2 apps at once yet though, we have one here and it's great as an ultraportable for Outlook or viewing the odd spreadsheet etc, but once you have a few things open you may aswell make a cup of coffee each time you move the mouse.
Slate the Air as many do, at least it has a proper processor in it... oh and i shan't mention the screen rigidity too much as it's clear an SSD won't have fixed that either :(
Shame cos it looks great and is very well specced other than the processor :(