Besides the slim exteriors, all of the new Toshiba laptops mentioned here share a number of other similar specs, including:
Second-generation Intel Core processor options
High-speed 7200 RPM hard drives or a 128GB solid state drive
Optional AMD Radeon discrete graphics with 1GB of dedicated graphics memory
Intel AMT 7.0
802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR
Connectivity: USB 3.0, eSATA/USB combo, DisplayPort *or* HDMI, ExpressCard, Gigabit Ethernet and docking connectors.
Support Intel Wireless Display
For businesspeople on-the-go, the Portégé R830 is dubbed as the "ultraportable" choice. Built with a magnesium alloy casing with a honeycomb structure, the R830 weighs 3.1 pounds and measures about one inch thin. Toshiba boasts that this model is the "world’s lightest 13.3-inch full-performance ultraportable laptop" with an integrated DVD drive.
Continuing on, the Tecra notebooks are a bit larger but still ready for the road with a fiberglass?reinforced casing with a honeycomb rib structure. The 14-inch Tecra R840 (pictured above) is 25% thinner and 20% lighter than its predecessor, and users can squeeze up to 11 hours of battery life after each charge with this machine. The 15.6-inch Tecra R850 (pictured right, below) also measures about an inch thin and weighs 5.3 pounds. However, this one only manages seven hours of battery time on a single charge. Both Tecra models sport HD LED-Backlit widescreen displays.
Available immediately, pricing ranges based on the configuration selected by the customer, but here's a scale for reference:
Tecra R840: $899.00 to $1,479.00
Tecra R850: $879.00 to $1,399.00
Portégé R830: $1,049.00 to $1,649.00
These notebooks are intended for business purposes, but there is a consumer edition of the Portégé R830 that starts at $888.99 with a 640GB hard drive. Most of the same specs are still onboard (including USB 3.0), but it lacks an ExpressCard slot and docking capabilities.