Toshiba: World's First Laptop With 512GB SSD

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News Posted: Sat, May 16 2009 12:21 PM
Back in April of 2008, Toshiba proclaimed that the notebook's future was in flash and SSD. Looks like it's making good on its own prophecy, doesn't it? Just months after announcing a half-terabyte sized solid state drive for 2009, the company has just unveiled its first (and the world's first, so it claims) notebook with a 512GB SSD within. Impressive, no matter how you slice it.



More specifically, it's the planet's first laptop configured with an eSATA second generation 512GB solid state drive, and it's the Portégé R600-ST4203 doing the honors. The ultraportable machine weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures only 0.77" thick, and Toshiba points out that it has gone from offering laptops with 32GB of SSD storage to 512GB of SSD storage in just two short years. In other words, this machine will look awfully aged in 2011.



Onto other specifications, the machine packs a 12.1" (1280 x 800) LED backlit Indoor/Outdoor Transreflective display, Windows Vista Business, Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, an eSATA / USB Combo Sleep and Charge port, Toshiba's EasyGuard technology and an ENERGY STAR 4.0 sticker. There's also W-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3-year warranty, 3GB of RAM, a built-in webcam, ExpressCard slot, Gigabit Ethernet port, 5800mAh battery and a Fingerprint reader. The only problem with such a cutting-edge machine is the price, and with a starting point of $3,499.99, we highly doubt Toshiba will be moving a bunch of these.
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$3,499.99, ha ha oh wow. The first thing I thought when I read 512GB SSD is that it will cost way too much. I wonder what the battery length on it is.

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I think this is a huge deal more because the biggest laptop hard drive is 500GBs so already the SSDs are passing laptops in storage. A testament to the complains about low space with SSDs.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, May 17 2009 4:17 AM

What we need is a long-term test of this machine, to compare how it performs when new and how it performs when the SSD has aged a couple of months....

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