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Toshiba’s new Tecra and Portégé notebooks

Toshiba has taken the wraps off two new Tecra and one new Portégé notebooks,and while these relatively staid models are usually aimed at business customers, Toshiba is making versions for consumers too—and in both cases the emphasis is on portability and performance.


Toshiba’s new Portégé R830 is the world’s lightest 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook with an integrated DVD drive: it weighs just 3.1 pounds, and measures roughly one inch thick. The R830 will be available with Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. Standard pricing ranges from $888.99 to $1,649.00 depending on configuration.


And the new Tecra R840 and Tecra R850 step up to 14- and 15.6-inch screen sizes respectively, and feature Toshiba’s fiberglass-reinforced casing with a honeycomb rib structure: the R840 is roughly 25 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, but still packs a choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 processors along with a battery life of up to 11 hours. Pricing ranges from 899 to $1,429. The R850 gets that bigger screen and uses a bit more tabletop space, but users get a ten-key numeric keypad, a choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, and battery life of up to seven hours when used with an SSD. Prices start at $879 and range through $1,399.

Toshiba is also offering a consumer variant on the Portégé R830 ultraportable, dubbed the R835, with a magnesium blue cover, a Core i3 or i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 640 GB hard drive—but lacking the ExpressCard slot or docking capability. Pricing on the Portégé R835 will start at $888.99.

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