Toshiba Launches First SSD Laptop with Half-TB Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-14 Print this article Print

The Portege R600-ST4203, which becomes available for general release in early June, features a second-generation 512GB eSATA SSD from Toshiba's own fabrication plant. However, it's not exactly cheap; initial price tag: $3,500.

Toshiba's Digital Products Division on May 14 unveiled the world's first laptop with more than a half-terabyte of solid-state storage capacity, but at this point, it isn't exactly cheap.

The Portege R600-ST4203, which becomes available for general release in early June, features a second-generation 512GB eSATA SSD from Toshiba's own fabrication plant. Initial price tag: $3,500.

In only two years, Toshiba has increased its SSD capacities on laptops from 32GB to 512GB. The new laptop weighs in at 2.4 pounds, is about three-quarters of an inch thick, and has a LED backlit indoor/outdoor transreflective 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen display.

Toshiba's own second-generation SSD uses multilevel cell NAND flash memory which increases the density of the disk to allow more storage space. This new, denser processor enables faster boot time, application loading and up to three times faster access times, compared to a conventional 128GB solid state drive (SSD), Toshiba said.

SSDs in general feature up to 100 times faster data access times than regular spinning hard disks.

As in all SSDs, the lack of moving parts reduces noise and the risk of mechanical failure. Toshiba claims that the Portege R600 is impact resistant and designed to withstand higher impacts than a conventional HDD.

The new laptop is powered by an Intel Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, features an eSATA/USB Combo Sleep and Charge port, and has the Windows Vista Business operating system pre-installed.

"Toshiba invests more in research and development than any other laptop company," said Carl Pinto, Toshiba's vice president of digital product development.
"We recognize that the market for SSD technology is growing, and to meet that market need, we produced a high performance laptop with the largest solid-state storage capacity available today."

The Portege R600-ST4203 will become available in early June exclusively on this site for about $3,500.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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