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Toshiba Portege R400-106 review

£1,291 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The attractive Toshiba Portege R400-106 ultraportable tablet laptop comes with a sparkling white chassis, with a shiny Toshiba logo on the lid.

The attractive Toshiba Portege R400-106 ultraportable tablet laptop comes with a sparkling white chassis (wonder where they got that idea from?), with a shiny Toshiba logo on the lid.

It's also very tactile, as the Toshiba Portege R400-106 is extremely small and light, at just 304x239x29.5mm and 1.7kg.

By losing the bulk, you will also have to forgo an optical drive, which could prove frustrating even in these heavily networked times. The Toshiba Portege R400-106 also lacks a large hard drive – it comes with just 80GB of storage space - and a large screen. Instead the Toshiba Portege R400-106 sports a 12.in display with a top resolution of 1,280x800 and the screen is powered by the Intel 945GM Express chipset.

So you are paying rather a lot for style over substance, as the pretty Toshiba Portege R400-106 subnotebook sports a price tag of just under £1,300.

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It's not all bad new though as the Toshiba Portege R400-106 does shine in other areas. It is packed with security features to keep you precious data safe, including a fingerprint reader that means only you can access the hard drive.

The Toshiba Portege R400-106 also functions as a tablet PC, so you can twist the lid to sit on top of the keyboard and enter data direct to the screen, which probably explains the high price for such a low spec laptop.

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Toshiba Portege R400-106 Expert Verdict »

1.2GHz Intel Core Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500
Windows Vista Ultimate
80GB hard drive
Mobile Intel 945GM Express chipset, 256MB
12.1in, 1,280x800 screen
no optical drive
Bluetooth/3G/ 802.11a/b/g
2x USB 2.0
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Toshiba Portege R400-106 is certainly sophisticated, both in terms of looks and functionality. If you want a tablet PC this is probably one of the most attractive you'll find, it's light, well built and highly secure, but when it comes to the performance, price ratio it doesn't come out on top.

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