Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Toshiba Portege R835-P50 Notebook - Road Warrior Hall of Fame

Toshiba Portege R835-RP50X Intel Core i3 'Sandy Bridge" 13.3" Notebook Computer MINI REVIEW

I just acquired a Toshiba Portege R835-P50X from Best Buy and this one is a keeper! It came configured with the latest Intel Core i3 "Sandy Bridge" Processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a huge 640 GB 5400 RPM Hard Disk. I will only provide highlights of this notebook in a short form. This notebook is ultra-light. At 3.2 pounds, this notebook has a bright and sharp 13.3" LED Screen and a built in DVD/CD/R Optical drive.

The screen has excellent viewing angles and it is pretty bright. Viewing in daylight is no problem. The Screen does not flex and the hinges are very durable. There is little to no flex with the lower case and I was able to touch type on the chiclet style keys that mimics the Apple Macbook and Sony VAIO keyboards. It has 3 USB ports, of which one is a combo USB 3.0 and one is also a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 Port. It also has a built in SD Card reader and a built in HDMI port along with a standard VGA ouput. It meausres a little more tan 1.1 inches thich and the included rechargeable lithium ion battery will provide up to 8 hours of continuous run time.

I found this Portege to be very fast and energy efficient and one of the best value notebooks available for purchase today in the US. Best Buy is selling it as configured for $749.99 US Dollars and for a 3.2 LB Optical Drive 13.3" LED notebook, there is no competition at that price. Throw in the Intel Core i3 Sandy Bridge CPU and you have a Road Warrior notebook that is rugged enough for business travel and a most portable 13.3 inch LED screened notebook that you can take anywhere as it is not that much bigger or heavier than a 13" MacBook Air.

It comes with the 64 Bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium and you can upgrade this notebook to8 GB of DDR3 RAM as the Windows 7 64 Bit OS supports memory above 4 GB of installed RAM.

I upgraded the system memory from 4GB or DDR3 ram to 8 GB of DDR3 Ram.
I also upgraded the 640 GB Hard Drive to an OCZ Vertex II 250 GB SSD Flash Drive.

NOTE: Windows 7 Now boots from COLD OFF to ON displaying the Windows 7 desktop in exactly 25 seconds. You will see about 45-50 seconds boot time with the 640GB 5400 RPM Hard Disk. This notebook is a SPEED DEMON!

Dollar for Dollar, this is the best travel Business Class notebook I have ever used. Perfect Screen size at 13.3 inches and the form factor is perfect. 3.2 Pound for the system notebook and about 7 ounces for the AC Adapter and you have one of the lightest travel weights for a business class notebook that has a built in optical drive. The competing SONY VAIO Z 13.3" LED notebook computers will set you back $1500 to $2500 for a similarly equipped notebook.What an outstanding deal! Thank you Toshiba for lowering the new Portege Notebook prices by over 40%

Toshiba really pulled out all of the stops bringing this fully featured notebook to market. I would pick one up before they decide to raise the price.

1 comment:

  1. great pc just got my self one of this babies and gotta say I'am trilled, what a fantastic beauty.