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Toshiba Portege R500 Notebook to Feature 64GB SSD

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Toshbia Portege R500Toshiba announced the new Portege R500 business notebook will have an optional 64GB solid state drive. Configured with the SSD and no optical drive, the Portege R500 weighs only 1.72 pounds, making it the lightest 12.1-inch widescreen notebook available.

The 64GB SSD is a feature many are eagerly awaiting. Some notebooks are currently offered with a 32GB SSD, which is too mall for most users. Solid state drives are more shock resistant, consume less energy and are quieter than traditial hard disk drives.

Toshiba’s says the Portege R500 is the world’s thinnest notebook series with an integrated optical disk drive; the world’s first notebook to include a 7mm optical drive; the world’s first widescreen 12.1-inch indoor/outdoor transreflective backlit LED screen; and the world’s longest battery life in a widescreen 12.1-inch notebook. That’s a lot to live up to, and hopefully Toshiba can deliver on all those promises.

“The Portege R500 Series is continued proof of Toshiba’s dedication to providing its mobile users with an uncompromising synthesis of portability, productivity and style,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “The Portege R500 Series has been subjected to meticulous evaluation to create a unique balance of extreme mobility and full-featured productivity. We are confident that the Portege R500 Series will redefine the ultraportable category and exceed customer expectations.”

To achieve this ultracompact foot print, Toshiba utilized its proprietary High Density Mounting Technology process to create a miniature motherboard with dual-sided component mounting. This innovative process allowed Toshiba to drastically reduce the size of the motherboard and enhance its overall functionality by providing enough system real estate for the inclusion of an integrated 7mm optical disk drive.

Priced at around $2,000 without the SSD, the Portege R500 is available with either Vista Business or Windows XP.

Toshbia Portege R500

    Portege R500-S5002 Recommended Configuration (ESUP $2,149)

  • Genuine Windows Vista Business (32-bit version)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor U76007
    • 1.20GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB with 64-bit
  • 1024MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory
    • One memory slot available
  • 120GB (5400 RPM); Serial-ATA hard disk drive
  • 7mm, 8xDVD-SuperMulti (+/-R Single Layer) drive supporting 9 formats
  • 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen highbrightness display
    • 1280 x 800 (WXGA) Transreflective backlit LED
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 64MB
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
    Portege R500-S5001X Recommended Configuration (ESUP $1,999)

  • Genuine Windows XP Professional
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor U7600
    • 1.2GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB with 64-bit
  • 1024MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory
    • One memory slot occupied
  • 120GB (5400 RPM) Serial-ATA (SATA) hard disk drive
  • 7mm, 8xDVD-SuperMulti (+/-R Single Layer) drive supporting 9 formats
  • 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen highbrightness display
    • 1280×800 (WXGA) Transreflective backlit LED
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

ToshibaDirect.com

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