Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

Summary: Toshiba on Tuesday added a 128GB solid-state drive to its Portege laptop lineup in the latest move toward flash-based drives.According to Toshiba, its Portege R500-S5007V (gallery right) is 2.

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Toshiba on Tuesday added a 128GB solid-state drive to its Portege laptop lineup in the latest move toward flash-based drives.

toshiba1.jpgAccording to Toshiba, its Portege R500-S5007V (gallery right) is 2.4 pounds and is the lightest laptop with a 128GB SSD and DVD SuperMulti drive. Under that logic, any laptop with unique specifications can claim to be the lightest. For instance, the next company with a 140GB SSD can claim to be the lightest. The latest Portege is 0.77 inches thick.

The thin is in crusade was kicked off by Apple and its MacBook Air and was quickly followed by Lenovo, HP and others.

Toshiba, however, is driving home the storage capacity (statement). Many thin laptops expect you to live in the cloud and store information there too--or use attached drives. Toshiba maintains that by including a SSD and 7mm DVD SuperMulti drive that its travel weight is light because you won't have to lug additional drives and cables.

Among the other key points:

  • The Portege R500-S5007V has eight hours of battery life.
  • Vista Business with downgrade media to Windows XP professional.
  • 12.1 inch widescreen high brightness display.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor U7700--1.33GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB with 64 bit.

Toshiba's recommended configuration will run you $2,999.Separately, Toshiba expanded its Qosmio lineup with three laptops for gamers and multimedia users. The big takeaway is that the Qosmio G55 uses the Cell processor developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM. This chip is the one used in the PlayStation 3.

Topics: Toshiba, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • 128GB SSD is Good News

    With SSDs for Laptop capped at 32GB until now, this new 128GB Portege from Toshiba makes for the first serious SSD alternative to latops equiped with traditional HDD. Thanks a lot for the information.
    ppmartin
  • RE: Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

    [i]The big takeaway is that the Qosmio G55 uses the Cell processor developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM.[/i]
    Using the Cell proc can't be bad.
    However, windoze vista or xp can't support this architecture, so this laptop must be running Linux!
    This (Linux + Cell) will give Apple a run for the money.
    Linux Geek
  • Is it too much to expect accuracy these days?

    [i]The thin is in crusade was kicked off by Apple and its MacBook Air and was quickly followed by Lenovo, HP and others.[/i]

    No, it was not kicked off by Apple. Toshiba has been offering thin laptops for quite some time.

    http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_outFrm.jsp?moid=263476&rpn=PP201U&ct=DS&soid=637947&BV_SessionID=@@@@1346384961.1213716630@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccjadeegjleffhcgfkceghdgngdgnj.0

    At .75" it's thinner than the MacBook Air.

    ZDNet did a review on this system back in 2003:

    http://review.zdnet.com/laptops/toshiba-portege-2010/4505-3121_16-20710958.html
    ye
    • But the "thin" feature was too difficult to use

      The problem is that every implementation of "thin" was too difficult to use until Apple implemented "thin". Toshiba's .75" thin was a poorly implemented thin so that very few people knew how to use that thinness. Apple's implementation of "thin" makes it so it is easy to fit in 0.75" slots. Toshiba's implementation made it really difficult unless you read the instruction manual.

      Or so I hear every time anyone talks about a feature that was available for years before it was "invented" by Apple.
      NonZealot
      • Good One!

        But also a sobering reality: PC guys have to play the marketing (and design) cards right. I remember seeing the video of Steve Jobs proclaiming: it's an iPod! it's a Phone! in One! and everyone Oooh-ing and Aaaah-ing... when you have phones with music playing capabilities from years ago! (not that the iPhone has a very nice interface)...
        Roque Mocan
  • RE: Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

    I just want an SSD HDD for my old eMachine M6810!!! (Well, it's not "old" to me, but by computer standards, it's a dinosaur!) Right now, I have a 60gb IDE drive in there, not even SATA! and it's a 2GHz 64bit NON-hyperthreading processor. But, it works, and that's all I can ask for for a very long time. I'm happy...
    zach.winchester
  • The big takeaway

    I wish you guys telling us what the "takeaway" is would just let us figure out what it is on our own instead of telling us and ruining the big surprise. Where's the suspense? Where's the belief that your readers can think for themselves? It's condescending, cut it out please.
    dms350
  • RE: Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

    Having used a thin and very light Toshiba R100 Portege since mid-2004 and having recently updated to an R500 Portege I really don't know what the fuss is about with the MacAir - Apple Marketing I guess.
    thepedlar@...
    • Apple marketing

      Exactly! Why is it that a company can create something new
      (the first digital music player, for instance, of the first "thin"
      computer) but few take notice until Apple sells one? It's the
      marketing, stupid! And, of course, Apple's excellent
      engineering and design. But without the marketing, where
      would Apple be? So why can't the other guys come up with
      good marketing? It's not like there aren't any quality
      marketing agencies out there.
      levinson
  • Qosmio link = too much spin

    The link to the Qosmio line story was heavy in market spin. The article looks like a press release from Toshiba instead of a level headed reporter post. Too bad, the notebooks might actually be good, but that link didn't provide anything worth while to read.
    Narg
  • Way too expensive

    I refuse to pay more than $1000 for a notebook, and I am much more excited about the $500 netbooks coming out. With the ubiquity of cloud computing I need a thin client that has a stable and fast internet connection. I don't need a lot of hard drive space, but I need for it to be very light and portable with a long battery life.
    verbila
  • Reliability?

    My historical issue with Toshiba laptops has been poor reliability. For the price they are asking, I am not willing to risk trying another Toshiba.

    I am not willing to put more than $1,500 into a laptop. With all the less expensive alternatives coming online, I am loathe to pay more than $800, but would if I needed it for work or school.
    srobtjones@...
  • RE: Laptop wars: Toshiba goes thin with 128GB solid state drive

    But .75" for the full length of the notebook is different than
    .76" at one end decreasing to .16" at the other end (Mac
    Book Air). That's an "average" thickness of .46". And if you
    pick up the Toshiba, does it feel flimsy and fragile or solid
    like the Mac Book Air? The first thing that I noticed and that I
    hear people comment about is the solidity of the Mac Book
    Air compared to how fragile/flimsy other "thin" notebooks
    feel when you pick them up.
    Wittsend
  • Meh. Voodoo Envy 133, thinnest notebook ever, looks better

    I'll be waiting for one of these thanks. MBA killer.

    http://gizmodo.com/395419/voodoos-envy-133-is-thinnest-notebook-alive-based-on-intel-metro-concept-laptop
    james.faction
  • At boot up---

    ---the OS copies from the solid state drive to the RAM memory.I see solid state drive as a memory chip like a USB memory stick.
    BALTHOR
  • Infinite clock speed

    1 - 10 of 6,700,000,000 for yahoo (About) - 0.03 s =Is the Yahoo search engine sites number and the time searched for the word "Yahoo".This is the infinite clock frequency of the Federal Internet memory Torrent.The Torrent is the Government memory bank location for all that is Internet.
    BALTHOR
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