Toshiba Portege R705

By July 8, 2010Laptops


The laptop and netbook space is very interesting these days.  You have a kind of consolidation around the design of these two spaces.  The new Toshiba Portege R705 does a good job of exemplifying this with its sleek design, punch, and good price point.

As I was perusing laptops and netbooks recently, I became very clear to me how much netbooks have redefined the laptop space.  Remember the days when getting a good laptop meant paying out $1,000-$1,500?  Well, Toshiba’s Portege R705 runs for $890.  Yes, that’s a lot more than a netbook, but look at what you get for that money.

You get an Intel i3-350M process, 4 GB DDR3 Ram, 500GB HD, DVD drive, 13.3″ screen running at 1366×768 (HD).  It also comes with wireless N, 8 hour battery life (yeah, more like 6), HDMI output, and 3 USB ports (1 – eSata).  Now, I will say that I’ve seen some deals going around here for an i5 processor for around $500.

But, the point remains that the laptop space has gotten incredibly cheap for a lot of good hardware.  You can throw down under $1,000 and get a very nice laptop that will last you a while.  Of course, netbooks have their place.  Yeah, if you are wanting something uber portable, netbooks are hard to beat.  But, you can get a laptop with a smaller sized screen for not much more and get much better hardware.


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