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Toshiba Portege R200 review: Toshiba Portege R200

In CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, the Portege R200 performed about 11 percent slower than both the Latitude X1 and the ThinkPad X41. However, frequent fliers who use the Portege R200 for typical low-intensity travelers' tasks--document editing, e-mailing, Web surfing, and the like--will find it plenty fast. In our Labs' drain tests, the Portege R200's battery lasted a long 4 hours, 5 minutes compared to the Latitude X1's smaller cell, which cut out after 3 hours, 2 minutes. The ThinkPad X41, which carries the biggest battery of them all, hung on for an especially impressive 5 hours, 26 minutes.

Toshiba supports the Portege R200 with the three-year warranty that's becoming the norm among business notebooks. You can either mail or carry in your system for repairs unless you choose to upgrade to one of Toshiba's extended warranties, which include onsite service, up to four years of coverage, and more. Unfortunately, the battery is covered for only one year. Toll-free telephone support is available around the clock for the duration of your warranty. The company's support Web site lists the customary FAQs and downloads for the Portege R200, though it lacks extra support touches such as a customer forum and real-time chat with a tech-support rep.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2002 battery-life minutes  

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System configurations:
Dell Latitude X1
Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M 733; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK6006GAH 60GB 4,200rpm

IBM ThinkPad X41
Windows XP Professional; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 715; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM; Intel 915GM/GMS 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 40GB 4,200rpm

Toshiba Portege R200
Windows XP Professional; 1.2GHz Intel Pentium M 753; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM; Intel 915GM/GMS 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK6006GAH 60GB 4,200rpm

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