Portégé R100: Nearly Flawless

 
 
By Bill Howard  |  Posted 2003-08-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Toshiba's dazzling 2.4-pound ultra-ultraportable has only one flaw. Find out what it is.

The dazzling Toshiba Portégé R100 notebook is an impressive 2.4-pound ultra-ultraportable (most ultraportables weigh 3 to 4 pounds) with a full-size keyboard, 40GB hard drive, and 12.1-inch XGA display. The only flaw in this otherwise impeccable system is low battery life—an unavoidable trade-off given the systems diminutive size.

The R100 is Toshibas follow-up to last years breakthrough—the Toshiba Portégé 2000 family. The R100 continues the useful features found in those systems, such as a full-size keyboard (virtually unheard in notebooks under 3 pounds), an external switch that controls the internal wireless Ethernet, a bright polysilicon display, and an ultracompact 1.8-inch hard drive (which is 40GB in the R100 versus 20GB for the 2000 family).

New to the R100 is a Presentation button that lets you quickly set up for a PowerPoint show. And performance from the R100s 1.0-GHz Pentium M processor (19.6 on Business Winstone 2002) trumps the Portégé 2010s score of 13.9. Performance from the R100s integrated Intel 802.11b wireless adapter was acceptable, though throughput was was generally slightly below that which weve seen on larger notebooks.

For the complete story, read the full PC Magazine article.

 
 
 
 
Bill Howard

Bill Howard is the editor of TechnoRide.com, the car site for tech fans, and writes a column on car technology for PC Magazine each issue. He is also a contributing editor of PC Magazine.

Bill's articles on PCs, notebooks, and printers have been cited five times in the annual Computer Press Association Awards. He was named as one of the industry's ten most influential journalists from 1997 to 2000 by Marketing Computers and is a frequent commentator on TV news and business shows as well as at industry conventions. He also wrote the PC Magazine Guide to Notebook & Laptop Computers. He was an executive editor and senior editor of PC Magazine from 1985-2001 and wrote PC Magazine's On Technology column through 2005

Previously, Howard spent a decade as a newspaper editor and writer with the Newhouse and Gannett newspapers in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York. He also writes a monthly column for Roundel, a car magazine for BMW enthusiasts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date
Rocket Fuel