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Toshiba Portégé R835-P56x 13.3-Inch LED Laptop (Magnesium Blue)

by Toshiba
3.8 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i5 2410M Processor 2.9GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, 8 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Product Description

Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30GHz / 4GB DDR2 / 640GB Hard Drive / DVD+-R/RW / Intel HD Graphics / 802.11n / HDMI / USB 3.0 / Windows 7 Home Premium 14 diagonal widescreen HD TruBrite TFT LED Backlit LCD display (1366 x 768) native resolution Webcam and Microphone NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology including 1GB GDDR3 Discrete graphics memory Blu-ray Reader and Labelflash SuperMulti DVD+-R/RW Double Layer Drive Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth v3.0 + EDR 10/100 Ethernet LAN Memory Card Reader SD, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC, xD, Mini SD, SDXC Dolby Advanced Audio and Built-in harman/kardon stereo speakers Premium Raised Tile LED backlit Keyboard and Touchpad with multi-touch control Ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0 (2 x eSATA/USB combo), Headphone output, Microphone input, VGA, HDMI-CEC, RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions - 13.3 (W) x 9.0 (D) x 1.12~1.39 (H) inches Approximate Unit Weight - 5.4 pounds


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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 2.3 GHz Core i5-2410M
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 640 GB Serial ATA hard disk drive
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Chipset Brand Intel
Graphics Card Ram Size 1696 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 8 hours
Brand Name Toshiba
Series Portege
Item model number PT324U-008003
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.4 x 8.9 x 1.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.44 x 8.94 x 1.05 inches
Color Blue
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source 100-240V
Voltage 19 volts

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Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,484 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#3,173 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available February 20, 2011

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I've had this laptop for nearly three weeks, and think it's great!


- Lightweight
- Clean and understated design
- Sturdy: most surfaces are made of metal (only the bezel, hinges, and a few bottom panels are plastic). You can easily lift it up by the corner with one hand.
- Battery life is good (7.5+ hours with mixed usage). Also, no "battery bulge" in the back!
- Battery is removable
- Trackpad has a nicely configurable driver (Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse > Device Settings > Settings...)
- Value; saves enough money for an SSD compared to a competing system like a Macbook Pro (see below)

- Screen isn't great. (It isn't bad, though -- just narrow in vertical viewing angle).
- Black color means you might be tempted to clean the keyboard/trackpad a little obsessively.
- Industrial smell coming from the vent in the first few days of ownership (now gone)
- When closed, the lid depresses a little when you apply pressure to the middle. I suggest keeping the included fabric insert thing to protect the lid from keyboard scratches. (Note that keyboard scratches also occur on other notebooks, including the sturdy Apple Macbooks, so I'm not taking off any points).

I'm giving this laptop five stars because it represents a great value. I paid $835 for the system, and replaced the hard drive with an Intel X25-M 120GB SSD ($175). The total cost of my system therefore was $1010, which puts it in entry-level Macbook territory.

(Note that the SSD is very easy to install -- you unscrew two panels in the back, swap the drives, and clean-install your operating system).

Why the SSD?
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I love this notebook. My last one was a 6.5 pound beast of a Dell that I carried around for four years and got 2 hour battery life if you were lucky. This is such a huge improvement.

The battery life is excellent. Only if I am doing really demanding computational tasks do even think about plugging it in to the AC adapter.

The weight is fantastic. A lot of people I've showed it to can't believe how light this notebook is. My bookbag is so much lighter now. Even the AC adapter is way lighter than my Dell's.

The CPU power is more than sufficient as is the RAM at 4GB.

The trackpad is a good size. I don't think you could ever make a trackpad too big. It also has multi-touch and gesture support.

I was able to play L4D2 with this machine at medium settings. Much more than I was expecting given the graphics on here.

For the price, this is such a great notebook if you need something that is really light and still has a full blown mobile CPU.

The build quality is really good. Just a little bit of flex under the DVD drive. Everything else feels solid.

It has USB 3.0 and you can charge through USB even it the notebook isn't on. That's great for a gadget geek like me.

It also has HDMI, VGA and eSATA. So many ports!


They just released the R830 series which offers faster CPU's and a docking port. If you have the money to spend, look at those instead. The i7 CPU R830 is actually rated at over 11 hours. They also have an SSD options too.

I am going from a 1920x1200 15.4" on my Dell to this 13.3" 1366x786.
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what initially got me into the portege series was the aesthetic. it has a very simple and clean look. I'm not exactly tech savvy as I don't keep up with all the latest processors and whatnot, but for all the praise and hype about the new Sandy Bridge processors, this laptop seems decently quick. doesn't blow me away compared to my several years-old core duo desktop or even my 1-2 year-old, $500 toshiba satellite. overall, I like it a lot because it's big enough that hopefully it won't give me carpel tunnel syndrome, but small enough for easy mobility, which is good for a student.

since I'm not doing any hardcore computing and just using it for a few basic functions like browsing, streaming movies, programming, etc, it satisfies me (but then again I think any computer in this day an age could pull those tasks off). unfortunately, even for those basic functions there are a few issues that Toshiba can improve on:

1) the keyboard keys CLACK... really loudly. typing in the library or in class will probably stir up a ruckus. clackity clackity clack. not that big of a deal though, I guess.

2) I don't know where everyone is getting all these claims about a 9 hour battery life (even cnet said they were able to get something like 7 hours in their tests) when I'm running the laptop in 'eco' mode with 77% battery life left and only 4 hours and 11 minutes of claimed life left. a second later, I have 76% batter life left but only 3 hours and 41 minutes left??? I'm only on my battery's second charge but I've been noticing these really sporadic projections and it's really annoying.

3) the track pad straight up sucks. I'm not a fan of mac at all, but when my girlfriend had her 13.3" macbook, one of the things I found coolest was how easy it was to surf the net.
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