Portege R500, now with 128GB solid-state drive
A 128GB solid-state drive is the feather in the cap of Toshiba's ultra-thin laptop, the Portege R500.
To put it succinctly, we're psyched. Up to now, the biggest reservation we had about recommending solid-state drives was their relatively puny size, which pretty much required the purchase of an external hard drive to hold most of your media files--a tough expense to swallow after plunking down $3,000 (or more) on the laptop itself. However, 128GB seems like a workable size, and because the drive represents the second generation of solid-state technology, we have hopes that it will perform a little better as well.
The Portege R500-S5007V also features a built-in DVD burner, making it a little heavier than the DVD-free
Nevertheless, the addition of a larger-capacity drive helps Toshiba keep at least one advantage over such lightweight, SSD-based systems as the