Today Toshiba announced the Portege R830, and Tecra R840 and R850 business notebooks. These systems–13, 14, and 15 inches, respectively–are all thinner than before, at about 1 inch thick, and will run on Intel’s second-generation Core processors. All three will have security features, such as fingerprint readers, TPM, and spill-resistant keyboards, as well as docking connections. We especially like the redesigned Tecra notebooks, which look a lot more like the Portege line–only larger.
Like the previous generation, the Portege R830 is the business version of the Portege R835 (which we reviewed recently). While the system has the same 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 display and a similar magnesium alloy build, business features include a fingerprint reader between the two mouse buttons, an optional 128GB solid state drive, and a docking connector on the bottom. The notebook can be configured with a second-gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, a 5,400 or 7,200-rpm hard drive, and up to 16GB of RAM. Ports include USB 3.0, eSATA/USB with Sleep & Charge, HDMI, ExpressCard, Ethernet, and a DVD Supermulti drive. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, Intel 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi, and Intel Wi-Di. The R830 weighs 3.1 pounds, is about 1 inch thick, and pricing ranges from $1,049 to $1,649.
The Tecra R840 and R850 have undergone a bit of a redesign; the two systems now more closely resemble the Portege line, with similarly styled mouse buttons and curves. The notebooks are also a bit thinner than the last generation, making them a bit sleeker. Business features on both include a fiberglass-reinforced casing, spill-resistant keyboard, Toshiba EasyGuard Technology, a fingerprint reader, optional SmartCard reader, and TPM encryption.
The 14-inch R480 is about 1 inch thick, and has a starting weight of 4.2 pounds. It can be outfitted with a second-gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. Customers can also select a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6450M GPU with 1GB of DDR3 memory, which will support up to four displays. Hard drive options include either a mechanical 7,200-rpm drive or an SSD. Ports include USB 3.0, eSATA/USB with Sleep & Charge, HDMI or DisplayPort, and a docking connector on the bottom. Prices range from $889 to $1,479.
The 15-inch R850 will have many of the same options as the R840: Core i3, i5, and i7 CPU options, 7,200-rpm or SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, and an optional AMD Radeon HD 6450M GPU. The R850 will also be as thin as the R840–about an inch–but will weigh a heavier 5.3 pounds. Prices will range from $879 to $1,399.