égé"> Toshiba Portégé Of the six systems evaluated here, eWeek Labs Analysts Choice award goes to the Toshiba Portégé 3500. Toshiba has experimented and prototyped Tablet-style devices for two years, and it has paid off in the new Portégé.The Portégé 3500 is the perfect Tablet-enabled replacement to a subnotebook. The unit functions exactly like a subnotebook without compromise on screen quality. The 12.1-inch screen was bright and was of similar quality to the Motion M1200s. Processor performance tests show the Toshiba Portégé 3500 blowing away the competition. We expect that other Tablets will eventually gain faster processors, but the Toshiba system has one now. The Portégés disk performance score was somewhat disappointing, although still good. We suspect that the Trident Microsystems Inc. CyberAladdin-T chip set the system uses had some disk or driver issues or was simply slower than some of the competitors chip sets. The one flaw in the Portégé is its weight. While Toshiba is targeting a broad range of users who want some Tablet functionality without compromising on notebook capabilities, at 4.1 pounds, the Portégé is almost a pound heavier than other systems we tested. This will affect how it can be used in tablet mode. The Toshiba device, for example, may not be a good fit in health care and other vertical markets because users will simply get too tired of lugging the unit around.
The $2,299 Portégé 3500 is a clamshell device (Toshiba officials said research showed little interest in the slate form factor), and the Portégés main differentiators include a strong hinge to support the screen and a PIII-M running at 1.33GHz. The next-fastest processor in the Tablet PC systems we tested was running at 866MHz. When in Tablet mode, the Portégés fast processor minimized any pen lag.