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Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 review

£1045.98 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

For raw speed, the Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 can’t be faulted.

The Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 has plenty of power with an Intel Core i5-M560 processor running at 2.67GHz, supported with Windows 7 Professional 32bit and 4GB of RAM. It's not surprising, then, that it scored 117 in WorldBench 6 - streets ahead of its competitors in our recent ultraportable laptops group test.

The Toshiba Portege R700-1F7's black, brushed-metal finish is smart and the well-spaced keyboard is a definite aid to accurate typing. The screen is non-reflective and while this might not give the deepest, richest colours for video, it is usable in almost any situation.

When you start up the Portege R700, you'll be greeted by a barrage of messages asking you to set up this, what you want to do about that - it's quite overwhelming, actually. There are several useful utilities installed on the Portege but being bombarded like this is an annoyance.

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Of the useful utilities, there's a fingerprint recognition program that allows you to swipe your finger along a scanner between the trackpad buttons, to log on to the computer; or use it to sign into online services. There's also a facial recognition program so you don't have to bother with passwords - simply let the camera scan your face and you're in.

There's an HDD protection utility installed that puts the head of the hard drive into a 'safe' position whenever it detects vibration. This boon is nothing new, although we did find it to be incredibly sensitive, kicking in when the laptop was moved even a fraction. In fact, a number of times it initiated when the laptop was sitting untouched on the testbench in the PCA labs. The battery was a disappointment, too, lasting just 370 minutes in MobileMark 2007 - the lowest score we recorded in this test.

Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 Expert Verdict »
Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 Scores 8.2 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
2.67GHz Intel Core i5 -560M processor
13.3in (1366x768) matt LED backlit display
Windows 7 Professional 32bit
4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
320GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA 3Gbps hard drive
Intel GMA HD graphics
HDMI out
VGA out
stereo speakers
headphone jack
mic input
2 x USB 2.0
eSATA
DVD+/-RW, DVD-RAM
802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
gigabit ethernet
SD/SDHC/MMC card reader
webcam
fingerprint reader
66WH lithium-ion removable battery (battery life 370 minutes)
316x227x26.6mm
1.48kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

For raw speed, the Toshiba Portege R700-1F7 can’t be faulted. It’s fairly noisy, and another oddity we noticed is that it is much heavier on the left hand side than the right. Odd weight distribution aside, though, it’s a nicely built, smart and usable ultraportable at a fair price – but you might not want to take it too far from the mains.

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