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Toshiba - Portege Laptop / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 13.3" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - Blue-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From a Macbook Pro owner

    Posted
    ESPI13
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I have the 17" Macbook Pro (3rd Mac laptop) and have owned Toshiba, HP, Dell, Gateway, and Sony. Nobody builds laptops like Apple (not even you Toshiba). BUT, I must say, that this laptop is worth every penny and I'm so glad I found this at BBY I need something ultra-portable for the next year because of a recent injury. I didn't want to shell out for a Macbook Air, because it seemed ridiculous to pay that much for something so underpowered. I didn't want a netbook (cheap, but clunky and underpowered).... I almost got the MSI x600 slim from Best Buy at the $479 price when I discovered this model for $779 (the R700 series start at $899 on Toshiba's site). I couldn't believe that this Portege weighed as little as the Macbook Air and offered WAY more power, better processor, larger hard drive, more memory, and better battery for half the price. I went down to the store to see it for myself, expecting to discover a flimsy-built toy. The employee pulled it out of the box for me (it hadn't even hit the shelves yet) and I was immediately surprised by how sturdy the lid felt when I opened it (compared to the Sony and Dell models I looked at). The keyboard was very spacious and I must admit that I'm delighted to have the Page, Ins, and Del keys on a laptop again. The trackpad is multi-touch enabled which eliminates the need to always be pressing mouse buttons. There's an on/off button below the spacebar, but it's inset so that you won't press it accidentally while typing. This laptop is absolutely loaded with features like the wireless display technology, WiMax-ready, tethering capabilities, DVD burner (rare for something this light), sd card reader, webcam, extended battery life, 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, HDMI out, esata... all of these features are normal for a $700 computer, but they become a steal when that computer only weighs 3 pounds. I got it home and immediately began installing software, setting up Outlook, Dropbox, and Chrome. I was shocked that the computer didn't even stutter with all the tasks I had going. Curious, I went ahead and installed Adobe CS4 while continuing my other tasks-- the CPU was only at 49% and I still had 1.5 gb of memory free... I kept piling on the tasks during installation, with spreadsheets, web browser, pictures, music,e-mail, PowerPoint... it was amazing until I tried to add streaming video. At that point, you could hear the fan working away (it's not really that noisy) and I got the BSOD. Upon rebooting, I finished the installation (sans multitasking) and went back to regular use. You're not going to win any speed contests with this machine, but it leaves the Macbook Air in the dust (at half the cost)- and eclipses any netbook I've seen. It's also sturdier than the MSI X600, though it is 2" less of screen space. I haven't tested out the performance while connected to an external display and I'm sure there are quirks I'll discover during the first week-- but if you're on the market for a decent quality ultraportable that doesn't break the bank, then this is the computer for you. If you're looking for something in this price range, and a couple more pounds in weight won't bother you- then I'd upgrade to the 13" Macbook Pro and install Windows. This Portege is an excellent value, is very comfortable to type on and travel with, looks very sleek, and you'll be in disbelief at how much power you get in this light package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST possible choice for lightweight Laptop!

    Posted
    zEcToR45
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I am a PC technician that travels to many houses everyday to perform pc repairs,updates,installs, etc, and I needed a laptop that was light, powerful, reliable, and long lasting without a cord. This is the one! Hands down! I have owned many laptops, and actually own 2, including this one. My other is for gaming. This laptop is literally the lightest one available for its size. Seriously, google it. It is very fast considering its size. Plays HD 1080p without any hiccups. Speakers are GREAT compared to other laptops of this size. Multitasking is very good overall. The build quality is great also. Other reviewers state that this laptop feels fragile, but it most definitely is not. It is very sturdy, has No keyboard flex whatsoever, and did i mention light? The display is fantastic, given its size and price. There is absolutely nothing that I regreat about this laptop in any way. It performs admirably and I can even do programming on it without any problems. I take it with me everywhere I go for work and also when I go to school. Battery life is about 4 hours on battery saver mode and around 2 Hours in balanced mode. These times are based on a connstant usage scenario. In stand-by mode it'll last all day for me traveling job to job. Another great thing about this laptop is that Toshiba doesn't include alot of bloatware either. The laptop can get rather warm on the bottom left side during constant usage, but nothing that isn't tolerable. I really can't think of one negative thing to say other than it could possibly have a little better battery life and could run a little cooler temperature wise, but overall this is definitely the laptop to get. Do NOT waste your time on cheaper, stripped down laptops; and do not waste your money on more expensive laptops. This laptop handles everything I throw at it, except games, but it isn't for gaming anyway, and I knew that going in. If you do not play games, and want a laptop that can handle your every need, BUY this. Also, best buy lists that there is only a blue version...NOPE, there is also an all black one. I did not know this until i got my laptop home, opened the box, and was greeted by a georgeous black exterior. I am so glad that best buy made this mistake as I like black better than blue. So check your stores, although they probably will say it only comes in blue. IT DOESNT! One thing I do advise people to pruchase with this laptop is a solid state hard drive. They're easy to installl and setup and increase your speed dramatically. My laptop now FULLY boots up in about 23 seconds from being completely powered off. O, and it also has a very large, responsive, touchpad(larger than my 16" gaming laptop) with great tactile feedback on the buttons. I hope this review helped your decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice!

    Posted
    danielg1984
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    I spent about two weeks researching and researching before deciding on this laptop. I wanted something small, yet powerful, and at a decent price. My look ended when I found this laptop's predecessor, the R705-P25. But then, lucky me, I check the BBY website one last time on Sunday morning and find their is a brand new model hitting the shelves that same day, the R705-P35. The difference between the two is the CPU (this one has the 370M) and the WiMax capability that this one boasts. I didn't really need the WiMax, but for $20 less than the P25, I got this one with a better CPU. It was a deal in my mind. So, after playing with it all day yesterday, I have to say that this little thing packs a punch. It is very light and portable, but definitely out performs most other 13.3" Laptops out there. POSITIVES: Good battery life (read below), crisp little screen, decent sound, very light, has a DVD drive (some 13.3" laptops cut them out), WiMax, Intel Wireless Display, Can be used as a Wifi Hotspot! NEGATIVES: Well, the only thing I can even remotely knock it for is the cooling fan on the bottom has a slight whine to it. The only way I noticed it though was in a completely quiet room, and then I could barely hear it, but it was noticeable. I really do not think this should deter anyone from getting it though because probably 80% of laptops out there would have the same problem (I speak from experience). The Battery is rated at 8+ hours. I believe this was done from within Eco Mode. There is a button above the keyboard for Eco Mode, and a nice utility is included to observe how much power the computer is using. In Eco Mode, I would believe you could get 8 hours, but in regular power, I would guess 6 1/2 at best. But even the regular power setting out of the box has limited the performance of the computer. I went into the advanced power settings and saw several settings that were reduced. After putting everything at maximum performance, you could get about 5 hours, which is still more than most laptops out there. Overall, I am very happy with this laptop purchase. I see myself keeping this laptop for a long time, which is out the ordinary for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This amazing laptop is a joy to use

    Posted
    GladGeek
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The Portege ( R705-P35) is an amazing laptop that I enjoy using as much as my brand new full sized desktop. My criticisms are very minor. The keys are hard to see in the dark. Reflective lettering or backlit keys would be an improvement. The bumps on the "F" and "J" keys are subtle, but OK. The speakers are adequate. The only criticism I saw about this machine before buying was about the speakers, and this doesn't bother me at all. They work fine, and if you want quality sound use headphones. Now for the praise. The keys offer an ideal amount of resistence and aren't loud. When you press the function key, an onscreen guide displays. The touchpad is appropriately sensitive. I prefer it to a mouse. An on/off button for the touchpad prevents unintended cursor moves during typing sessions. Multitouch means that you can zoom in on websites with pinch out gestures on the pad. I use it all the time. There is also a smart scroll feature activated with the touchpad with a tap and drag motion that's easy to master. This works better than having a section of the touchpad dedicated to scrolling that I've seen on another laptop I owned, and a lot better than trying to hit the Windows scrollbar with the cursor. The right and left buttons work well regardless of where you prefer to click, edge or center. However, the tap and double tap on the touchpad have replaced my need for the left button. The buttons make an audible click, while touchpad taps are silent. My Portege is very light, and the case has a very attractive metallic feel to it. It doesn't show fingerprints. The screen is vibrant and luxurious. The operation is quick and powerful for all that I do, which is internet, entertainment, and home-office work. The Portege has features that I haven't tried yet, but I'm excited about, like WIDI and 4G Wimax. The battery life is fine and the WiFi is great. I haven't played with the camera at all. This is by far the best computer I've ever used, and I strongly recommend it to anyone. I don't usually spend this much on a computer, but it is an amazing value. If you compare it to the Macbook Air, you're getting more for much less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best laptop on the market

    Posted
    TannersTechToys
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This laptop has it all: fast processor, super light weight, very good battery life, Windows 7, DVD drive, very thin, and advanced connections (N wireless, HDMI, eSata, and powered USB port). For those not familiar with powered USB port, you can charge a device using your laptop's USB port even if your laptop is turned off. I use this regularly to charge my Android phone while on a plane, etc. I stayed with some friends over the holidays who have two new MacBook Pros. The Mac is a beautiful computer, however the Toshiba feels about 1/2 the weight and does everything I need (and I'm an advanced user) for almost 1/2 the price. No device is perfect and the Toshiba R705 has very small, low-powered speakers; has noisy mouse buttons; and occasionally gets warm by the fan vent (but not always). The mouse buttons aren't noisier than average, but ideally they would be quieter. In an ideal world, the keyboard would also be backlit, but I can live without that and overall I really like the size and usability of the chiclet style keyboard. I almost bought the R705 when it was released in mid-2010, but I held off due to negative reviews about battery life. However, I consistently get 4 1/2 hours with wireless on and reasonable screen brightness which on a 3lb, full-powered laptop is amazing. The screen is very bright at the highest setting, which is useful outdoors or to counter bright indoor lighting glare. However, I typically set the screen to the halfway brightness setting and sometimes even a bit darker. I use this laptop for Outlook, Internet and Microsoft Office...not watching DVDs or playing games. If like me you don't use the DVD drive regularly, then disable it in Device Manager to get an extra 20-30 minutes of battery life between charges. Another tip on battery life...The R705 takes a couple hours to charge which is by design. A slower charge gives the battery a longer lifespan over the years. Overall, I think this is the best laptop on the market - hands down! I am starting a new job next week and am anticipating that I will use my personal Toshiba R705 laptop at work instead of whatever computer my company provides me since I can't imagine using any other laptop at this point. Unless you are a big gamer or multimedia user, this is the only laptop to consider given the price, performance, size, battery life and advanced connections. I love my Toshiba R705!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable computer

    Posted
    Laptop514

    I purchased this laptop several weeks ago when my old one stopped working. My school requires a laptop for all students, so I needed to replace mine quickly. After some research, I quickly settled on this Toshiba. This laptop is an outstanding value for the components you get in such a small package. And, if you're worried about performance, don't be. Despite the Core i3 processor, this thing is surprisingly fast. With integrated graphics, don't expect to do any heavy gaming, but it is more than up to the task for both High-def streaming and flash games. Two other benefits that I was even more impressed by than I thought I would be were the battery life and the weight of the system. It lasted way longer than I would expect under heavy use (several hours) without any drastic power-saving measures like a dim screen or turning the wifi and optical drive off. Finally, the weight of this system is fantastic! I couldn't believe how light it is, especially considering what it packs inside. Some people might be concerned about heat in such a small form factor, but their concerns would be unfounded. This laptop cools itself nicely and has never presented any heat issues to me. The one issue I've run into after many hours of use is that the speakers really are pretty much junk. On the other hand, I don't really use them much and I don't know how you would get "nice" speakers into a laptop of this weight and form factor. If speakers are really important to you, I'd try finding one of these at your local BestBuy so you can decide for yourself. For me, I would have been frustrated if I actually planned on using them much. The sound comes out okay, but at any useful volume they sound very tinny and they always lack any bass at all (not that you could expect anything different given their size). Overall, I've been extremely happy with my purchase and highly recommend this system to anyone looking for a very lightweight, but still highly capable laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The lightest fully-fledged laptop in the world

    Posted
    alfus

    Despite its weight (my R705 weighs only 1.4kg), it is not a gadget, but a fully-equipped laptop with Intel i3 CPU, 4Gigs of RAM, HDMI and eSATA ports, and (here comes an uncommon feature for a laptop of that weight category) a DVD-RAM burner! I'ts cute, it's light like a feather, all my friends are green with envy :-) As to the things that sometimes caused anxiety among those who planned to buy Toshiba R705: - battery life: browsing in ECO mode (still perfectly usable and readable) with WiFi on - 6h05min. More than I expected. - fan noise: Toshiba's new cooling technology includes the fan being constantly on, but believe me - it's next to inaudible. I'm used to working with a completely silent laptop (I had one before), so there is a bit of relief when I turn my R705 off in a totally silent room, but in normal environment this little noise is nothing really to worry about and nothing close to what people complain about the original, business-aimed R700. - DVD noise: comparable to any other laptop with the DVD drive - there are some discs that can cause real noise due to their poor physical characteristics, that's all. - finger stains on the cover: the graphite cover is not as finger stain resistant as the silver case of some ASUS UL30's, but still incomparable to the black cases of many other notebooks on the market. Not really bugging me and pretty easy to remove. - viewable display angles: this is not a positive side of R705 - I've seen many notebooks doing much better than R705, especially when it comes to the vertical angles. Watching a movie or pictures with other people in front of the screen is simply not a pleasure. Overall, I'm totally satisfied with this model, especially given its price. I want mobility along with full set of features (DVD drive being one of the more important), and with R705's weight (1420g on my scale) and battery life (almost 6hrs w/out much CPU stress), and its featuring DVD drive, there's nothing better on the market, even in the $2k range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The poor man's Macbook Air

    Posted
    FrankZZ

    (1/10/2011) I've used my Portege heavily for a few days now, and I cannot recommend this laptop enough. I'm going to compare this to the closest Macbook Air I can find: Apple® - MacBook® Air / Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor / 13.3" Display / 2GB Memory / 128GB Flash Storage This MacAir is on sale at Best Buy for $1,300. For the record, if you wanted a 11" MacAir with comparable memory, you'd still have to pay $1,200. I paid $750 in store for my Portege. Compared to that 13" Macbook Air, my Portege: -weighs just .3 lbs more -is just .25 inches thicker -has 2X the RAM -has 4X the hard drive space (it's not flash storage, but that's okay) -HAS an optical drive (gotta have that DVD-RW) -has more USB 2.0 ports -has a faster processor The only downsides I can see are: -battery life is about 33% shorter than MacAir (but Portege still lasts like 6 solid hours doing normal stuff) -graphics card isn't as good as the MacAir -if you're a fan of Mac OS X, 'fraid I can't help you All comparison aside, the Portege R705 P35 has EVERYTHING you need from a laptop. It's powerful. It has a friggin enormous HD. Its battery can last through a solid work session on ecomode. It's just as portable as a netbook. It has a nice looking matte finish that won't ever get fingerprints on it. Perhaps most importantly, it will last. It has a solid build quality and comes from a manufacturer that is known for quality control. A recent study by Squaretrade ranked Toshiba as #2 after ASUS in lowest laptop malfunction rates after 2 years. All I can say is that it doesn't get much better than this for laptops in general, and it certainly would be hard to find a better laptop for under $1,000. Portege R705 P35 is worth every penny you pay as a premium over cheap laptops.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Laptop with Few Exceptions

    Posted
    Mbasam
    • My Best Buy® Member

    When I bought this laptop a few months ago, I was extremely happy to find something that fit my needs at a reasonable price. After months of waiting and searching for the perfect laptop, I came across the R705. The perfect-size screen, 13.3 inches was exactly what I needed. The 3.2lbs body, however, blew me away. I was looking for a laptop between 13-14 inches, no more, no less. I needed it to be thin and below 5lbs. I also needed a good processor, not ulv, and big hard-drive with reasonable speed (7,200rpm). I feel like these are reasonable requirements for a student, and on-the-go. Finally, I needed a battery life of at least 3-4 hours. It is a great laptop. My friends and acquaintances cannot believe how light it is. The battery will easily last for 4-4.5 hours (DEF NOT the 8 hrs advertised, but...) The brushed metal lid is also nice. The build is pretty solid, though not as nice as, say, an HP Envy or MacBook Pro, but it's better than most other Windows PCs. It gets really hot on the top left of the keyboard, where a fan is working hard to relieve the heat, but apparently failing I also had an issue with flash videos not playing properly. I would get green flickering screen with clear audio. However, after a series of updates by Toshiba, it went away. The speaker volumes are good, not exceptional, just good. 1080p/i video playback is impossible. Just won't work. I tried Avatar (2009) on it and it was really bad. The one thing I do appreciate, from Toshiba, is their relatively frequent software/bios updates. It fixed things like too much power drainage during standby/sleep. If I had to buy a laptop now, I would probably buy this again. Something better than this is hard to find.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop, surpassed my expectations

    Posted
    gyorg12
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I always used to get the latest in laptops, big screen, fully loaded, but since most of the time I am on the road, got tired of heavy weights, so I switched to net-books. Was pleased with light weight, but the screens are to small, and if you have to spend a lot of time on it, its not a very pleasant experience. I went to hunt for a light, reasonably priced 12 to 13 inch notebook, with a maximum of 4 lb weight. I gave up on my hunt, since most reasonably weight notebooks, came at an unreasonably price...until stumbling on the Toshiba Portege R 705 . WOW WOW WOW. it was love at first sight. All that said, my parameters for a new laptop were more than met. Here was a 13.6 inch, powerful, notebook, weighting just a little more than my net-book and VERY reasonably priced. I bought it just before my business trip to China, and used it already for almost a month. The screen resolution is great, the intel i3 370 processor is fast enough for all business related use, such as large picture filled spreadsheets. It is thin and light, and Toshiba manages to include a DVD drive, which my net book lacked. I don't do games, but I watch movies when ever I can, and its a great experience in this unit. Speaker are fair, there is not much you can expect in a thin unit such as this one. They are more than enough for Skype phone calls, but if you watch a movie, I recommend using headphones. I would have given it 5 stars, if not for the keyboard and built in camera. There is too much light reflection from the keyboard, unless you are directly on top of it. Would be great to have back lighted keys. The camera is very low quality and resolution, if you travel a lot, and want to see the family, better take along a good camera. Besides that it is a great computer, Thank you Toshiba, keep up the good work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent travel laptop, business or pleasure

    Posted
    iced327
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Very satisfied with this laptop, it's difficult to find an ultra-portable with the specs + battery life it boasts. I was originally considering a netbook but wanted a machine with a decent amount of RAM/processing power. I've flown with it several times, and it gave me 8hrs. 20 mins of battery life with all of the lowest power setting and 100% charge (I know, because it was a loooong flight). Granted, I had the wifi/DVD drive off and the screen at the lowest brightness, but I didn't need those things. What impressed me most, however, was that on the following flight I was able to watch a 90 minute movie from my hard drive through itunes, and still had 48% battery life when the movie was complete. Screen was at half brightness as well! The display has some glare, but it's only an issue if there's a light close by and I have the screen dimmed. Performance is what you would expect from the specs, though nothing stellar. I didn't buy this laptop to model in CAD or edit movies, though, so it serves its purpose wonderfully. One complaint is that the included Toshiba hard drive monitoring program is a bit much. It pauses the hard drive when it detects motion so that you don't damage it, but I found it was stopping my drive even for minor turbulence on the plane. It can be adjusted tho, so nothing too serious. Keyboard is excellent, not sure if it's full size, but it certainly feels it. You can charge USB devices when the laptop is in sleep/hibernate/off, and that's definitely a plus. Physically, it's very light and thin, and doesn't feel cheaply manufactured at all. I wish it had bluetooth and a backlit keyboard, but perhaps I'm asking for too much. Haven't used the webcam, so I can't comment to its quality. I would definitely recommend this laptop for someone who travels. It may not have the attractive netbook price, but it has the same battery power, bigger screen, and better technical specs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Light Weight Machine for the Road

    Posted
    travelinman
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have been in search of a light weight laptop for a while. I travel a lot for my work so I wanted something that packed a punch in a small package. After a lot of research I decided to go with this machine. The reviews were very good and PC Magazine gave it their Editors Choice seal of approval. This week Best Buy dropped the price by $50.00 and I rushed to the closest location and picked it up. This is a great laptop!! The screen is very brilliant and the layout on the machine is very user friendly. The keys feel good as well. This machine is very fast and the battery life is very good! I got 7.5 hours after the first full charge. I opted not to have the Geek Squad set it up and saved myself $100.00! Set up is very simple, but takes a while as the laptop does not come with recovery disc's and you have to burn them. It takes 4 DVD's to create the complete set and about two hours of your time. People have gripped about the touch pad, but to me it is fine. I use a wireless mouse most of the time anyway, but the touch pad works just fine. Best Buy also added a 6 month version of Norton Antivirus for free as well. I am very happy with my purchase of this machine and at just about an inch thick when closed and 3.2 lbs, with the i3 processor, 4 Gig of Ram and a 500 Gig hard drive, optical drive, HDMI out, 3 USB's (1 being ASAT) this machine is tough to pass up. For a light weight machine for taking on the road for business this is the ticket. Check it out , read the reviews, and buy it! You will be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Laptop

    Posted
    PrairiePortege

    I've been busy giving the Portege R705-P35 a workout in the 1 week+ I've had it. Right out of the box, the first thing I did was to remove software I did not want from the Portege and then transferred over the programs & files I did want from my old laptop. Very straightforward & easy with Windows 7. I do not play computer games so cannot speak to performance related to gaming. This laptop more than adequately handles the multitasking I do with video & picture editing, word processing, web surfing, power point production, spreadsheets & listening to music. All I have paced it through has exceeded my expectations...including the battery life. I have not achieved the 8 hours boasted by the specs, but easily can achieve between 6-7 hours with what I do. If I watched movies on my laptop, I would probably see a bit less battery life-but for my laptop use...this one is perfect for me. I love the minimal weight, the color, the solid feel of the island keys, the multi-touch pad...I have not experienced touch pad problems, fan noise, excessive heat or any issues, whatsoever! I'm having a blast with this Portege and my ship-to-store experience with Best Buy. I look back with no regret at purchasing from Best Buy or the choice of this Portege R705-P35. We were made for each other!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Light and Fast

    Posted
    Obamistake
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    A laptop in the 13" screen range is just right for me. Anything larger and, well, it just feels too big to be practical. I wanted a laptop with a good processor, lots of RAM and a nice design. On the sides: the connection ports and DVD Drive, while not being design trend setters, do manage to come off as more than simply mere afterthoughts you'll normally find on the majority of laptops. Everything is flush with the outer edge. A slot loading drive would have been a nice touch. Inside: the keys are chicklet style. Nice but not quite as well implemented as on Apple laptops. The trackpad does what a trackpad does, but don't expect multitouch gestures. I wish the two butons could have been better designed and integrated into the trackpad, but overall the whole computer has a nice design to it. The weight of this computer takes a little getting used to. It is very light. Not the lightest computer in the world but a lot lighter than the average laptop. Battery life is pretty good and better than average. The long battery life becomes possible with a battery nanny, an irritating auto-dimming feature. This timeout can be adjusted but it does get annoying constantly adjusting the brightness. No Firewire port is included, but there are two USB connections. eSATA, HDMI, VGA and ethernet are also included, as are a 1/8" mic input and headphone out. Importing your camera pics is a snap. Just pop in your SD card into the slot and off you go. I can't give any review on the included Windows software as I wiped out the computer and installed Ubuntu as soon as I got home. It's the smart thing to do. Overall it's a nice computer and worth the money. I'm glad I spent a little extra as I plan to have this one for a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic ultraportable

    Posted
    Pythonusr

    For $699, this laptop is a great deal. With a 500 gb hard drive and 4 gb RAM (standard these days), this laptop can keep up with others on the market and do much more. Toshiba's previous Portege laptops had the pricetag of a 90's Honda Civic. Not any more. This laptop came to just under a thousand dollars INCLUDING the GeekSquad warrenty (that covers dropping, spilling, screen, battery, AC adapter, and more). This laptop resembles the MacBook (the black one that they used to sell) in almost every respect. The keyboard is designed similarly, the screen is 13.3" (standard on the old MacBooks) and the touchpad features multitouch gestures found on the Apple platform (two-finger scroll is not as fluid as on Mac OS, but is acceptable). The keyboard is easy to type on and feels nice, despite the size of the keys and the entire product itself. The only complaint that I have is that I would have liked a backlit keyboard for playing games late at night, but if you have taken a typing course, you shouldn't be too disappointed. Overall, 5/5 on everything except convenience (4/5) because of the lack of LEDs behind the keys. This laptop is replacing my old Toshiba Satellite for schoolwork, gaming, and audio editing... And so far, it has done a fantastic job - all for under $1,000! Toshiba has also packaged this machine with minimal prepackaged software. It took me only fifteen minutes to uninstall the few things that came with it. Thanks, Toshiba!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer

    Posted
    jffrhds
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I researched through alot of laptops and netbook computers to find a computer that will do the task that I need it for. I am a truck driver and I wanted a portable style computer that will suit my needs. I needed a computer to check emails, instant message, browse the web and look up delivery addresses on mapsco. I looked at the netbooks, but the processor speed was slower and memory size was low. So, I would have had to add more memory ($80+) and thought of upgrading the windows starter to windows home edition (another $80). The netbook computers do not have a CDR/DVDR drive, so I would have to pay $30 to $50 for that. I looked at all the laptops that Best Buy offered. I found this laptop and it was perfect. It is compact, lite weight and has all the features that I need. The processor is fast and has plenty of memory. I tested it after I got it home and it worked flawlessly. I couldnt have made a better choice. This is a great little computer. Now I can do what I wanted to do faster and better, plus look at DVD movies when I'm not driving and it wont take up too much room. 5 stars on this computer. J. Rhodes- Bedford, TX

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic ultraportable with minor flaws.

    Posted
    SomeoneInNJ
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Pros: $699 on Sale at BB, Light weight, solid 5 hr battery life, Fast CPU, 4gb ram, 500gb HD, Well-built, material, Fast bootup and shutdown, 3 USB + 1 ESATA, VGA, HDMI, SD card reader, Built-in DVD drive, Cons: Super hot vent and bottom at full CPU load, Tiny keys with unctuous surface, Narrow vertical viewing angle, Subpar webcam, Tiny and weak speakers, Fan noise may bother some, Between the Asus G73jh and iPad I found the Toshiba R705 p35 fit in quite nicely in the middle, that is, between a super light tablet with 10 hr battery life and a super heavy gaming machine that won’t last long when unplugged. At 3.2lb and with i3 CPU, you can take R705 anywhere, do anything that the G73jh can do except hardcore gaming. It excel from running multiple apps to playing HD video with ample battery life, this is especially important for students and road warriors alike. CPUID HWMonitor recorded an alarming 80+ C while at full CPU load, however, normal web surfing is around 50 C. Toshiba should have put a bigger fan than the current tiny one that’s on all the time, therefore lead to heat issue and fan noise. The keys are tiny and slippery, I just don’t understand the logic behind this design! If you don’t mind the Cons above then you will fall in love with R705, especially at this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for home and travel!

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    CottageKaye
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    This is a great little laptop. So lightweight and convenient to carry around. I travel several times a year and wanted one that would be easier to tote around than the nearly 9# 17" screen laptop I've been using! This fills the need very well at just under 3#. I also wanted to use this for my sewing machine embroidery program that I could take with me to sewing classes. Works perfectly for that! The only drawback on this Portege R705 is the lack of a scroll button. I REALLY miss it! I should think Toshiba could design this laptop with one which would make it easier to naviagate on screen. Not always am I able to use my wireless mouse which has a scroll button. Also only having 2 USB ports where 3 would be better for my needs. So far those are the only negatives I can think of as I've only had it for 2 weeks. I did buy a USB hub so I can use my embroidery dongle, wireless mouse and flash drive all while using the computer for embroidery. Since I'm not a computer techy type I can only relate as an intermediate user who doesn't have to use it for business, purely for pleasure. Am still getting used to the smaller screen and the differences between Windows Vista and this Windows 7 OS. Comparatively, Windows 7 seems pretty easy to navigate. Even the built-in speakers in my opinion have decent sound for my use. And as far as the fan noise some have noted as a negative, I have not noticed but a very low noise at times and rarely discernable at that! Maybe that's because the fan on my older Dell laptop was fairly noisey. Would highly recommend this laptop to anyone for its mobility and ease of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best PC I've ever used

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    Ellias321
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This Toshiba is absolutely the best computer I've ever used. I absolutely love how quiet the keyboard is. Battery life is great in ECOmode. The computer is very light and highly mobile. Not to mention its a fairly good looking computer. There are only two drawbacks with this computer. The sound quality is horrendous because of the placement of the battery and the keyboard is not backlit. The 4GB of RAM and the 500GB hard drive are plenty for this class laptop. The i3 processor performs well as long as ECOmode is not activated. ECOmode is great for battery life. I am a medical student and whenever I am in class I put the computer on ECOmode and it easily lasts the whole day even with WiFi on. I also use CLEAR wireless and having the WiMAX adapter built in is great. It actually saves money because you don't have to purchase the adapter. This computer is by no means a desktop replacement. It only has an i3 not an i7. The graphics can handle mundane things like solitaire and bejeweled 3 (best game ever!). I haven't tried playing any fancy games like WoW or the new Dragon Age II but I'm sure it will play it with fairly choppy graphics. Definitely not recommended for high end gaming. Highly recommended, however, for any other situation where an ultra-portable laptop is needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight, good battery, poor keyboard

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    IndyJeff
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this for home use, but primarily I do business functions from home. Office & web apps mostly. Watch some videos. I also own this Portege model at work (but with i5 cpu) bought at the same time. So between the two laptops, I've spent some time on this model already. I was looking for a machine that was a solid step above "netbook," and I found it in this laptop. Lightweight, good battery, nice display, and responsive cpu & disk. The biggest downside is the keyboard. I'm very picky about keyboards, so maybe this doesn't matter to you. Definitely you should try this keyboard before you buy. I'm a fast touch typist and I find that this keyboard is sub-par compared to older "classic" laptops, let alone full-size keyboards. The problems: the keys are flat-topped, they are very slippery, they have gaps between the keys, each key has a lot of "slop" in it, and the soft-click causes a lack of positive feel to the keys. It all adds up to a sloppy loose feel in keyboarding, just not as fast as a normal keyboard. It frustrates me when I am going at full speed. But still, knowing all this when I bought it, i still think it's a pretty good laptop. One note: in my opinion, Toshiba overloads their laptops with too many utility apps that run at startup. I'd suggest stripping those out to lighten the load. If you don't know how, I think the Geeksquad offers that as a service.

    I would recommend this to a friend