Toshiba Adds WiMAX-equipped Portege Models

Toshiba Adds WiMAX-equipped Portege Models

Toshiba introduced two new 4G WiMAX-equipped versions of its Portégé R700 laptop. The Portégé R700 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop with an integrated DVD drive and a starting weight of just three pounds. The Portégé R700 offers business users many of the key features they want, including a thin form factor that's about one inch thick, the latest Intel Core family of processors, the ability to dock to a port replicator, an ExpressCard slot, and an eSATA/USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge.

Toshiba's latest Portégé models include the R700-S1332W ($1,699) which offers an Intel Core i7 processor and a 128GB solid state drive. The new Portégé R700-S1322W ($1,349) features the Intel Core i5 processor and a 320GB high-speed 7200 RPM hard drive. Both of these new models have 4GB of DDR3 memory and are currently available. 

Toshiba Adds 4G WiMAX Capabilities to Award-winning Portégé R700

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced two 4G WiMAX-ready models of the Portégé® R700, the world’s lightest 13.3-inch full-performance ultraportable laptop with an integrated DVD drive. The new Portégé R700 models not only provide business users with unprecedented performance and durability in a highly mobile form factor, but the most comprehensive connectivity options available.

 “4G WiMAX coverage continues to rapidly grow and offers millions of people wireless access in many major metropolitan areas across the U.S.,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Now with a WiMAX-enabled Portégé R700, Toshiba business professionals will be able to enjoy the benefits of having citywide connectivity at their fingertips.”

WiMAX is currently available in 54 cities nationwide and is expected to be available in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Pittsburgh by the end of 2010.

With a starting weight of just three pounds and about one inch thin, the Portégé R700 supports the latest Intel® Core™ family of full-powered processors and a wealth of features and ports required by business users, including the ability to dock to a port replicator, an ExpressCard™ slot, an eSATA/USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge, as well as a built-in DVD SuperMulti drive and Webcam. The Portégé R700 also features a high-capacity six-cell battery with a long battery life rating.

The Portégé R700-S1332W features the Intel Core i7 processor and a 128GB solid state drive, while the Portégé R700-S1322W features the Intel Core i5 processor and a 320GB high-speed 7200 RPM hard drive. Both include 4GB of DDR3 memory.

With a light, yet durable magnesium alloy casing reinforced with a honeycomb rib design, the Portégé R700 features a 13.3-inch diagonal HD widescreen LED-backlit display, a premium raised tile keyboard and a wide TouchPad™ with customizable Multi-touch Control that makes typing and navigation easy and comfortable.

Availability

The WiMAX-enabled Portégé R700-S1332W ($1,699 MSRP11) and Portégé R700-S1322W ($1,349 MSRP) will be available on Oct. 12, 2010 through select Toshiba Preferred Partner Program resellers and e-tailers.

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I think that Toshiba cost too much compared to other brands. They also load the PC's with a whole lot of bloatware that cut's the performance by quite a bit.

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