Toshiba Portege R835 review: Toshiba Portege R835

In our CNET Labs benchmark tests, the Portege R835-P88 performed as one would expect from a laptop with this very common mainstream CPU. It was closely tied with systems such as the HP Pavilion dm4 and just slightly faster than the R835-P56X configuration we tested previously. None of these slight differences in performance, however, were significant enough that you'd notice them while Web surfing, playing back media, or working on office documents.

The R835 did, however, far outperform Toshiba's popular low-cost ultrabook, the Portege Z835-P330, which gets its price down to $799 or so by dropping the CPU to a slower Intel Core i3. A $1,000-plus version of that Toshiba ultrabook, the Z835-P370, traded up to a low-voltage Core i5 CPU and cut the speed difference in half, but it was still slower.

Juice box
Toshiba Portege R835 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.25
Sleep (10 percent) 0.81
Idle (25 percent) 7.38
Load (5 percent) 48.52
Raw kWh 39.44
Annual energy cost $4.48

The Portege R835 line has always had impressive battery life, and this latest version ran for 6 hours and 42 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's better than just about anyone in the space, and just about the same as you'd get from a 13-inch MacBook Pro or Air. Other Windows laptop makers should look to this as an example.

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.

After being hit with a flood of thinner, lighter ultrabooks, it would be easy to dismiss the Toshiba Portege R835 as yesterday's news. And while it's not as impressive as it was when we first saw it, it's still a great go-to laptop that packs in a big hard drive and optical drive, while weighing less than some laptop labeled as actual ultrabooks (such as the Samsung Series 5 Ultra).

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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Annual energy consumption cost
Toshiba Portege R835-P88
$4.48 

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System configurations
Toshiba Portege R835-P88
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPCSA41FX/BL
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6630M / Intel HD 3000; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-3090se
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 520GB Intel 7,200rpm

Toshiba Portege Z835-P330
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2367M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Samsung QX411-W01
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color magnesium alloy casing in blue, black keyboard
    • Weight 3.2 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
    • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2450M / 2.5 GHz
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