Toshiba Portege R705-P25 review: Toshiba Portege R705-P25

The inclusion of a combo USB/eSATA port, plus HDMI and an SD card slot, give the Portege R705 a big advantage over the MacBook in terms of ports and connections. Even though the system has an Intel Wireless Display transmitter built in (see our hands-on demo here for more details on this very interesting technology), it's a shame the R705 does not come bundled with the Netgear adapter required to wirelessly beam video to your television. The first round of Wireless Display laptops from earlier in 2010 all included the adapter (which sells separately for $100).

With a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3 CPU, the Toshiba R705 is more than speedy enough for mainstream use, from Web surfing and productivity to Photoshop editing and HD video playback. The next step up, the Core i5 series of processors, offers even better performance, but we haven't yet seen that chip in a system this thin and light. Performance-wise, it certainly matches up with other current 13-inch laptops, but keep in mind that you can also get much more horsepower in the same price range by trading up to a midsize 14- or 15-inch laptop with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. Apple's latest MacBook actually managed to run our benchmark tests faster with its older Core 2 Duo processor, but many of those tests run Apple-optimized software, including iTunes and QuickTime.

The biggest shortfall of the R705 is that it's saddled with basic Intel integrated graphics. The 13-inch MacBook, for example, has a lower-end, but still very impressive GPU from Nvidia, which is good for mainstream gaming. The integrated graphics and Core i3 CPU are fine for playing streaming HD video, but not for anything beyond the most basic games. If you're particularly interested in PC gaming, we'd try the OnLive streaming game platform, which lets you play even top-shelf PC games on virtually any laptop. Check out our detailed hands-on demo of OnLive here.

Juice box
Toshiba Portege R705-P25 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.42
Sleep (10 percent) 0.61
Idle (25 percent) 12.99
Load (5 percent) 43.17
Raw kWh 50.10
Annual energy cost $5.69

Annual energy consumption cost
Apple MacBook - Spring 2010 - Core 2 Duo 13.3-inch - 2.4GHz
$4.09 

The Portege R705 ran for 3 hours and 56 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. That's fine for a 13-inch or larger laptop, but about 2.5 hours less than the standard MacBook. We've heard some complaints from readers that the R705 doesn't live up to its advertised "up to 8 hours" of battery life--and under normal operating conditions, it certainly only gets half that. But Toshiba is not alone in this; almost all PC makers exaggerate battery life by testing under unrealistic conditions. Also keep in mind that our battery drain test is especially tough, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a customized support search page can direct you to online documents and driver downloads for this specific model.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations


Toshiba Satellite A665-S6070
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Toshiba Portege R705-P25
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPCF12AFM/H
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPCF126FM/B
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.73GHz Intel Core i7 740QM; 6144MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 330M; 640GB Samsung 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook - Spring 2010 - Core 2 Duo 13.3-inch - 2.4GHz
OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz; 2,048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce GT 320M; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Toshiba Portege R705-P25

Part Number: PT314U-00U014 Released: Jun 25, 2010

MSRP: $799.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 25, 2010
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color magnesium finish in blue
  • Weight 3.2 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
  • CPU Intel Core i3 350M / 2.26 GHz
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