Toshiba Breaks New Tablet PC Ground
Review: The Portégé R400 offers an impressive 12-inch widescreen display, as well as innovative features such as wireless docking, but it's pricey and performs relatively poorly.With Apple MacBook-like looks, a fantastic widescreen display and the kind of portability usually found in Lenovo ThinkPads, Toshibas Portégé R400 is the most groundbreaking Tablet PC eWEEK Labs has tested. Unfortunately, users will pay for the innovationin terms of both price and performance. Announced at the International CES and set to begin shipping Jan. 30, the Portégé R400 is a 12.1-inch Tablet PC running Microsofts Windows Vista Ultimate operating system. The Portégé R400 weighs 3.7 pounds and features a 12-inch widescreen backlit LED displayone of the nicest screens weve seen.
Running the Ultimate version of Vista, the Portégé R400 has the functionality found in both Windows Media Center and in Windows Tablet PC. The Portégé R400 will be the first notebook to take advantage of Microsofts Active Notifications capability, which enables real-time e-mail and calendaring notifications via a digital display on the front edge of the unit. This secondary display, which Toshiba calls the Personal Information Assistant, can display notifications even when the notebook is off, via Wi-Fi or an EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) wireless broadband connection.