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Toshiba Portege R600-11B review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1265
inc VAT


12.1 in 1,280×800 display, 1.1kg, 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400, 3.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Business

Toshiba’s Portege R600-11B is the lightest laptop here at just 1.1kg, but Toshiba has still managed to squeeze a DVD writer, 3G modem and 320GB hard disk into its slender and attractive silver case.

There’s even an ExpressCard/54 slot for adding peripherals.

Although the Portege feels well-built, it doesn’t feel as sturdy as the other ultra-portable laptops here – the lid flexes easily under pressure. The cooling fan is irritatingly noisy, even during undemanding tasks, such as web browsing.

Despite the Portege’s size, the keyboard has large, responsive keys that give just the right amount of feedback when pressed, so it’s very comfortable to type on. The touchpad feels accurate, but the small buttons with their slippery gloss coating are difficult to press.

The 12.1in screen is the smallest of any ultra portable here, but it has the same 1,280×800 resolution as the 13.3in display on Samsung’s X360, as well as many of the larger 14in and 15.4in laptops this month. It has a matte finish, so it doesn’t reflect light from overhead sources causing glare but it’s still bright.

The Portege is one of three ultra-portable laptops here to use one of Intel’s ultra-low-voltage processors, in this case a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo SU9400. It’s easily powerful enough for most tasks, but slower than most of the laptops in the other categories at more demanding work such as video editing. It’s fitted with 3GB of RAM, which is more than enough for running Windows and several programs simultaneously.

Although the Portege’s battery life of six hours and 39 minutes is impressive, especially when compared to the non-ultra-portable laptops here, both Samsung’s X360 and Sony’s Vaio VGN-Z31VN/X lasted even longer.

On balance, though, the Portege is the best value ultra-portable laptop here. It’s light and has a comfortable keyboard, a three-year warranty and built-in 3G, making it an excellent buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
Processor clock speed 1.4GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 5GB
Size 30x282x215mm
Weight 1.1kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 29W
Power consumption active 34W


Viewable size 12.1 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive model Matshita UJ-844S
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n, HSDPA
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC
Other ports 1x eSATA


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows Vista Business
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc
Software included Toshiba DVD Player
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty three years collect and return
Price £1,265