Toshiba released the Portege R600 today, an amazingly thin and hopefully more durable version of the R500 ultraportable. We liked the R500 the
The Portege R600 uses the Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage SU9300 or SU9400 CPU on the Intel GS45 chipset, up to 5GB of RAM, and either a 160GB (spinning) hard drive or a 128GB SSD. Toshiba promises 8 hours of running time from the system's six-cell battery. Other features on the R600 include an LED-backlit transreflective display with a 1280x800, Toshiba's USB Sleep-and-Charge technology, and an eSATA port. Also on board is Toshiba's EasyGuard package, which monitors system components and includes hard drive protection, a spill-resistant keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and a Trusted Platform Module. Pricing starts at $2,099. Toshiba's U.S. site has yet to be updated to include the R600, but our neighbors to the north have the goods.
Also announced today is the Portege A600, which is a 12.1-inch ultraportable that adds a little heft but trims the price of the R600. The A600 weighs 3.2 pounds, measures 1.2 inches thick, and starts at $1,399. You also lose out on the R600's solid-state hard drive option and three-year warranty; the A600 is backed by one year of coverage.
Lastly, Toshiba released the Portege M750, an update to the