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Toshiba Portege R400-S4931

$3,499 (about £1,750)

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Despite recent rave reviews for its ultraportable convertible tablet, the Portege M200, Toshiba seems to have taken a step backward with its new Toshiba Portege R400-S4931. Here's our first review of the Toshiba Portege R400-S4931, which is not yet available in the UK.

Despite recent rave reviews for its ultraportable convertible tablet, the Portege M200, Toshiba seems to have taken a step backward with its new Toshiba Portege R400-S4931. Here's our first review of the Toshiba Portege R400-S4931, which is not yet available in the UK.

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It is for the most part a successful - and fashionable-looking - notebook, with good speed for its class. But its screen is too thick and unresponsive to work well as a notepad. Considering that some of its other features could have been better executed as well, recommending the this laptop would be difficult even if it didn't cost a jaw-dropping $3,499 in the US.

A sturdy magnesium-polycarbonate unit, the R400-S4931 weighs a light 3.8lbs - not including a dual-layer DVD writer, which you have to attach separately as a USB peripheral. The quoted weight also excludes the unit's add-on 4000-milliamp battery, a 1.9lbs bottom slice included in the box and intended to augment the primary 4000-milliamp battery. We needed both batteries to achieve a run time of 5.5 hours from the R400-S4931 in our battery tests. Together, the batteries bump the system's weight up to almost 6lbs.

These design choices don't especially detract from the R400-S4931 as notebook. It has a big, comfortably slanted keyboard (thanks to the battery slice) and a tremendously bright LED-backlit 12.1in screen. Fashionistas will appreciate the eye-popping black and white case. On the other hand, tablet users will find the extra weight a bit onerous, and keeping track of the extra pieces is a hassle.

Toshiba Portege R400-S4931 Expert Verdict »
Intel Centrino Duo convertible Tablet PC
Intel Core Duo U2500/1.2GHz
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
2MB (4MB max) L2 DDR II SDRAM
80GB - 4200rpm hard disk space
533MHz Mobile Intel 945GM Express
built-in speaker, wireless LAN antenna
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip, fingerprint reader
12x9.4x1.3in, 3.7lbs data bus speed
3 years warranty
external DVD±RW (+R DL)/DVD-RAM drive, CD/DVD read speed 12x (CD) / 4x (DVD)
12.1, 1,280x800 (WXGA) in TFT active matrix widescreen display
Intel GMA 950
keyboard, touchpad
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, fast ethernet, gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The R400-S4931 is stylish, and its side LED and wireless-focused design may be trailblazing. But too many design inconveniences, along with difficult tablet input, make this model one of Toshiba's rare unsuccessful efforts.

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