As it is an excellent update to last year's(one of the most popular laptops we reviewed in 2010), it's no surprise we also liked the new Portege R835 model. We just reviewed the $929 R835-P56X, with a fast Intel Core i5 CPU and outstanding battery life, and awarded it a very rare Editors' Choice designation.
And now, just as it did with the R705, retailer Best Buy has just put an exclusive version of the R835 on sale at a steeply discounted price. The Portege R835-P50X is $749 at Best Buy, while Toshiba lists that model's official list price as $899. The only real trade-off is going from a Core i5 to a Core i3, but the less-expensive model also includes a WiMax antenna, which was missing from the higher-end model we reviewed.
There are actually four very similar versions of the Portege R835 available from Toshiba, so we've put together a quick chart to help you tell them apart. All have 4GB of RAM, a 640GB HDD, and a DVD burner, and Toshiba's Web site has been updated to indicate that all four versions support Intel's Wireless Display technology, so the main differences are in the price, processor, and extra features.
Note that that R835-P55X model, which is missing some of the software found on the other versions, is an exclusive to Microsoft's retail/online store.
|Intel Core i5-2410M||Standard configuration||$929|
|Portege R835-P55X||Intel Core i5-2410M||Lacks Toshiba's eco power utility and face recognition software.||$929|
|Portege R835-ST3N01||Intel Core i3-2310M||Includes Bluetooth||$899|
|Portege R835-P50X||Intel Core i3-2310M||Includes WiMax||$749 (Best Buy exclusive)|