Feeds

Toshiba launches latest MacBook Air beater

Thin'n'light

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Toshiba has grown its slimline Portégé laptop range with the birth of a new model which the firm claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest fully featured machine to date.

The R600 weighs in at 1.1kg (2.4lb) and measures 283 x 215.8 x 19.5-25.5mm. Unfortunately for Toshiba, the R600 will have to share its attributes crown with its older brother, the R500, which weighs exactly the same and has identical dimensions.

Nonetheless, the new model comes in two flavours: a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 model with 1GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and a 128GB solid-state drive, or a cheaper 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU9300 version with 2GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and a 160GB SATA HDD.

The R600 still has the same dangerously bendy 12.1in, 1280 x 800 screen found on the R500. However, Toshiba’s swapped out the R500’s Intel 945GMS chipset and GMA 3000 integrated graphics in favour of a G45 chipset with a GMA X4500 graphics core.

From the pictures it appears as though the four cooling holes on the left side of the laptop, which were known to make the R500 get a little warm, still appear to be in the same place on the R600. Toshiba’s also retained the same yucky silver plastic casing.

Nonetheless, the R600 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Toshiba’s even found room to slot in a 0.3-megapixel webcam and a microphone into the R600’s lid. Both versions of the R600 support Bluetooth version 2.1.

Elsewhere on the R600 you’ll find a fingerprint reader, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a SD memory card slot.

Unlike the MacBook Air, the R600 packs in a multi-format DVD writer too.

The Toshiba Portégé R600 has only just shown up on the firm’s Canadian website so far, where prices start at CA$2400 ($2119/£1222/€1552) for the HDD version, rising to the CA$3299 ($2933/£1703/€2149) for the SSD-equipped model.

Slimline Notebook Reviews
Toshiba Portégé R500
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Apple MacBook Air

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.