Toshiba - Portege Laptop / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 13.3" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - Blue
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Color CategoryBlue
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveDVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-A+B+G+N
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchPad with multitouch control
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareMicrosoft Works 9; Adobe Acrobat Reader
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
- BBY Software InstallerYes
- Drive Capacity500GB
- Graphics CardIntel® HD
- Wireless DisplayYes
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews(99 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A good system for the pricePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Have been using this laptop for the last two weeks and so far it's been a good buy. I love the fact that it's light and easy to carry around. The display is wonderful. I owned a Toshiba Satellite(Windows 98 days) a while back, and it has heating up issues and was very slow. I had been using Dell since then. But the last two Dell systems I purchased, Display adapters on both of them died exactly after a little over two years. Dell and Nvidia are in my opinion not a good match. The laptop does not heat up as much as the Dell XPS , I have been using. Wanted to try something different, after some research I was leaning towards an ASUS. But changed my mind, after seeing this at the Bestbuy store. Thought I will give Toshiba another chance. Looks like a good buy. I primarily use laptops for software development using Visual Studio and .NET. So I'm working on this for atleast 6-8 hours a day. Performance has been good. The keyboard is well spaced out, thought plastic, it would take a while to get used to. What will be nice is to have a backlight keyboard. The large mouse pad has both advantages and disadvantages. It will be a lot easier if the scroll areas on the mouse pad is marked, after two weeks still finding it difficult to use it. Facial recognition has to long ways to go, tried setting it up but is not 100%, I would say it only works about 50-60% of the time. What I miss is the bluetooth (use it primarily for tethering to my Blackberry) and the docking pin. Offcouse we can always get a micro adapter online for cheap. Initially purchased the laptop without any extended warranty. After using it for a week I felt that the laptop was a bit flimsy, especially the display(thin) and with the issues I had on with the Dell Inspiron and XPS, and reading reviews online about Toshiba's earlier fan issues, thought the additional 2 year BB extended warranty would a good idea. Also the power adapter that comes with the laptop only works on 120V does not support 220/240Vs. I think this should be standard for portable systems this day in age. Battery life is not as advertised, upto 8 hours not even close, somewhere between 4 -5 max hours is what we get, if not less. Will be upgrading to Windows 7 Professional and will be using the VMware to run XP, like to see how the system performs. Out of the box the system is quick to boot and shutdown. I was a bit concerned about the performance especially as a development system, but so far nothing disappointing. I have not been able to install Adobe Photoshop, complains about the display adapter, haven't had a chance to troubleshoot it yet so I'm not sure if this is a problem with Windows 7 or the Intel graphics adapter. Overall, a good system for the money, but I would recommend getting the extended warranty especially if you are going to be carrying this around a lot.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best in class...feature rich and terrific valuePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was looking to replace a 7 year old Dell ultraportable. I wanted 1) small screen and light weight, 2) "full steam" processor, 3) battery life greater than 4 hours, 4) built-in optical drive, 5)somewhere close to $1000. As I started looking, I found that most ultraportables have dropped the optical drive. You can't find a Dell or HP in this size with an optical drive--even the high priced HP Envy! When I found this for $799 I thought it was too good to be true. After almost a week of use now, I am very pleased with build quality, appearance (as another reviewer noted, it doesn't have dumb designs or slick plastic all over it), performance (for my uses--primarily student/business), and I haven't lost a bit of sleep over the price I paid for it. The only thing I've found that comes close to features and performance is the MacBook Pro 13.3 inch, but even if you strip the mac down to the bare-bones basics you're going to pay $400 more. I don't like: -the power cord. My dell's power cord wound around the power converter real nice and carried easily. This is just a box with wires coming out of both ends...they did throw on a piece of velcro. But if you're going to make an ultraportable, make the REQUIRED accessory ultraportable. -speakers sound a little "tinny". My expectations are pretty low for a small computer with tiny speakers...so not a big deal. -touchpad buttons are a little stiff...may just need to be "broken in". -lack of a backlit keyboard...never had this on a computer, but I think it would be really nice -this has a glossy screen, but I don't think the r700s do. I've never understood why you would want the glossy screen because the glare is notable. My last computer had it, so I am used to it, but I could have done without. Overall, I am super happy with this computer. For the price point it can't be beat. Unless 13 inches was "too big" for whatever reason, you would be silly to buy in the high end netbook space as long as this is available.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent portability/value for the moneyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
With a 13.3'' screen, this Toshiba R705 labtop that flirts with netbook weights turns out some excellent performance -- all with an optical drive! Display Display is crisp with vivid colors and a not-too glossy reflection that plagues most labtops in this size/price demograph. Viewing angles are average (it is only 800 bucks) and brightness can reach very good levels. I'd say colors and brightness start to fade at the 35 degree and above mark with anything over 45-50 degrees almost unusable, again expected. After viewing a DVD and some movie files, I was impressed with the screen quality (viewing straight-on) from a computer of this price. Screen can also tilt to a wide range of angles. Keyboard/Mousepad Chiclet (or island) style keyboard that is both responsive and accurate. Keys seem sturdy and should last awhile. Mousepad is mult-touch with pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling made possible. Additionally, the right and bottom sides of the pad act as wheels for vertical and horizontal wheel scrolling, respectively. Mouse buttons were clicky and very good. Performance/Battery life Again, for a labtop that nearly has the dimensions of a netbook, the i3-Core processor and integrated Intel graphics chip handle most anything you would want to do. Make no mistake, this is no gaming labtop by any means (no discrete graphics card or Nvidia Optimus type options here). However, I tried full 1080p clips on Youtube with absolutely no problems or lag in the video what-so-ever. That's with miscellaneous programs running (excel, chrome, etc) in the background. Battery life is claimed to be 8 hrs, but that must be how the EPA used to calculate fuel efficiency a couple years ago -- I'm assuming the computer must be at minimal brightness while running...like the calculator program and nothing else to get that type of battery life. Realistic battery life is more in the realm of 4.5 hrs with normal usage. Pros/Cons Pros -- the weight of the labtop for the price/performance ratio is fantastic (3.2 lbs/$800 USD). Seeing how most netbooks (at least the 12'' models) are right around that weight, minus an optical drive, the R705 has some great features/performance in an ultra portable package. Very good screen. Cons -- the speakers leave much to be desired (can start to distort towards 3/4 to max volume range -- but that also depends on the audio type input...heard it more in the lower bitrate files and less on the DVD audio). Computer does get very warm/hot in the upper left section while plugged in, again what I deem a necessary evil for the size/weight factor of the device. Not customizable, but that's what you get at retail locations and is expected. Would have loved to see bluetooth and USB 3.0 ports, but none in this model.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
At this price, an ultralight that can't be beatPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Just bought it, so these are first-day impressions. Gotta give it a 5 for value as there are no comparable units priced even close: Sony Vaio Z @ $2000, MacBook Air @ $1500 are the only similarly powered units weighing in at around 3 pounds. MSI x340 and Averatec n3400 are closer in price but lack the power of the Core i3. Toshiba has more experience making ultralights than anyone and they have really decided to bring this to a reasonable price point (predecessor unit, the R600, had a smaller screen, less power and a $2500 price tag). The R705 feels very solid; touchpad responsive and functional; very attractive brushed finish that lacks the cheesy (in my opinion) shellac finishes of many other Toshiba models. The deep blue color that is exclusive to this Best Buy unit (vs. the other R700 models sold direct by Toshiba) is distinctive while remaining businesslike. The unit seems quiet and (so far) runs cool, a major plus given that it uses "real" processors and not the crippled low-voltage engines used by most of the competition. Having said that, there are a few nagging problems. The integrated graphics are not going to be as fast as dedicated graphics modules, so you can’t expect a capable gaming machine. The keyboard is disappointing: the “chiclet” keys are nicely spaced, so you can type accurately, but they have a loose, imprecise feel by comparison to many other laptops (including some from Toshiba). Almost a little toylike. Toshiba hasn’t helped itself by using a design for the keycaps that seems slightly amateurish (in particular, the script on the “BACK SPACE” key and the small size of the spacebar). These are nits, and if you don’t compare the R705 with a unit like the MacBook Air (which is, after all, twice the cost), you won’t really notice the compromises. Again, for the price, you can’t beat the R705.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Unbeatable price for its performance & portabilityPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
After doing an exhaustive search for a new laptop after my HP's motherboard fried for a third time, this laptop had everything I was looking for...top features: *Brand- Toshiba (tied w/ Asus) has the lowest 3-year failure rate among all laptops in a huge recently completed study *Portability- 3.2lbs, 13.3in screen *Price- $799 *Durability- sturdy magnesium alloy; screen firmly attached to body *Appearance- classy navy blue color on cover; very nice brushed finish on body; no easily scratched, cheap-looking plastic here! *Battery life- around 4hrs (yes, less than the promised 8, but as the Best Buy employee put it, if you buy a convertible, you can't complain about gas mileage!) *Memory- 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM *Screen- technically it's "glossy," but significantly less than most glossy screens- very minimal glare *Windows 7 Home Premium- 64bit The only things I've been a bit annoyed with are the following: the battery life being less than promised (but really, 4hrs is still great, esp coming from an HP that died about 5 min on battery after being fully charged)...The heat- supposedly this model includes the new cooling system, but the upper left side gets very hot; it's nowhere near as bad as my HP, which I couldn't even touch w/o a cooling fan underneath, but is still a bit disappointing. Touching on other reviews...A few people have complained about the graphics, but I've had no problem- watching movies has seemed fine but I don't do any gaming, so that may be more of the issue. The speakers aren't phenomenal but I really do not mind them. And I really did not find the fan that loud...The keyboard is not my favorite/will take some getting used to, but again, it's a small price to pay. I really am amazed at the performance and portability for this price tag. Of course, the tab ends up over $1,000 w/ a 2-yr standard Best Buy warranty and taxes, but I think it will be worth it. Overall, I'm quite happy thus far!!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing Laptop from ToshibaPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am not a fan of Toshiba but this is one great product that captured my interest. I have been a Macbook user for a long time and I have been looking for something similar to the Macbook in as far as its portability and convenience of use. When I look at the BestBuy website, I was looking at the battery life and its says it not available. This Portege says it has upt to 8 hours of battery life, it has a build in DVD-drive and a HDMi connection. This Portege fits well in the same bag that I use for my Macbook. It is lightweight and very handy. The screen is just perfect for browsing and the keyboard is a little bigger than Macbook but easily to use. I am using this on my review right now and I find it very comfortable and the keyboard ease of use. There are nice FN functions that are elegant to use at it shows on the screeen which functions are you doing. This laptop too is amazingly fast. My kid who uses my older HP was sujrprise on how this Portege runs. Shutdown and wake up takes a few seconds.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great performance in an unbelievable form factorPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've owned the R705 for two months. While there are lots of 13" notebooks out there, it has no equal in terms of it size, weight, and performance for the price. You can spend more for a Sony Z. lose the optical drive to keep the weight down, or go heavier but you'll have to make some compromises if you go with the competition. The Core i3 processor provides excellent performance when compared to a ULV or a Core i-UM chip. Despite using a fully powered chip, I get decent battery life (around 5 hours) with a mix of Microsoft Office, accounting software, browsing, video, and music. If you buy the Netgear PTV1000, you can stream HD video and audio (Pandora and Rhapsody) to your HDTV with Intel's wireless display technology. You can also use the R705 as a wireless hub. I tether with my Blackberry and can share my internet connection with my kids Ipods when I don't have access to a WI-FI connection. Thin and light notebooks are great but they have a nemesis - Heat. The R705 is no exception. In order to keep the heat down, Toshiba uses what they call Airflow Technology that draws in outside air to cool the components. It works great for keeping the keyboard and touchpad cool. The downside is that the R705 is never completely quiet. You will hear a low hum at normal processor load or even when you are only browsing. I find it perfectly acceptable but if you want something completely quiet, look elsewhere. Two other cons worth mentioning are 1) no discrete graphics option is available and 2) the speakers are tinny at best. They aren't deal breakers to me since I don't game and no laptop has great fidelity. The R705 is a business road warrior's dream. If you need netbook weight but don't want to compromise on performance, this is the computer for you.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
High end laptop for the price.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was stunned by how powerful this very small and sleek laptop is. I can be running multiple programs and it won't slow up at all. The 500 gb hard drive is very nice for my music addiction. i occasionly play games and it can run games like WoW and strategy games fine, but the very lackluster graphics card just can't keep up with the laptop and so shooters and high end games will slow up and the fan on the side of the computer gets insanely hot. Like other reviews said the battery is not 8 hours but more around the 3 hour mark with normal websurfing and an hour with gaming, which is a pretty big downside to people who travel alot. Some people complained about the sound card but i really like the sound card, i use headphones and its high quality sound, but i hate the speakers built into the laptop, they are cellphone quality speakers. Overall a very nice high quality laptop for only $800 that can compete with $2000 luxury laptops.
Q: QuestionHow do you compare the Toshiba Portege R705 to the R700?I have heard very good things about this new laptop. Just not sure which model I need. Also, is there bluetooth and can you run Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 Service Pack 2 on it?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer R705 is marketed to consumers. R700 is marketed to business users. R705 (blue) -ability to use Intel's Wireless Display technology to beam your computer to your HDTV wirelessly (requires extra box to be purchased). -"Resolution+" feature that Toshiba says will upconvert your standard-def DVDs to a higher resolution. -Windows 7 Home Premium -one year standard warranty R700 (black) -Bluetooth -Presentation button (instead of Intel Wireless Display) -Docking connector (for use with Toshiba port replicator which includes a couple usb 3.0 ports, MSRP is $200) -ExpressCard slot -finger print reader -Windows 7 Professional -Three year standard warranty
Answered by Anonymous
Q: QuestionThe pictures are different than the in-store display modelI've been looking at this laptop online and I went into the store to see it in person. The one on display in the store is the same sku and price but there are some slight differences in the appearance. It's nothing major, but I was wondering why they are different and if I were to order this laptop online would I receive the one shown in the photos or the one on display in the store?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer I believe the photo is of the R700. The R705 that you saw in the store I believe to be the consumer model BB exclusive.
Answered by rak1
Asked by Patrick.
- A:Answer The default is 640x480 but it can be adjusted from 160x120 to 1280x720...not sure if that answers your question..
Answered by spatton
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes, a Multi-format DVD±RW/CD-RW drive is built in.
Answered by TSEJ