Toshiba’s new 12.1” Portege R500 notebook is being touted as the world’s lightest widescreen notebook in its class. When equipped with a 64 GB SSD and 3 cell battery, it only weighs 1.72 pounds. Admittedly though, the stated weight is without an optical drive. Starting at $1999, the R500 runs Windows XP Pro and is driven by a Core 2 Duo U7600 CPU clocked at 1.20GHz, 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM, and features a 1280 x 800 XGA display with High Brightness. The R500 uses GMA 950 graphics and includes WiFi Link (802.11a/g/n) support, a SuperMulti DVD drive, fingerprint reader, and a 120 GB HDD that twirls 5400 times per minute.
A fully-loaded system sells for $2999. According to Toshiba, the 64GB SSD configuration will not be available until the end of the month.