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Toshiba Portege R705-P35

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 By Mark Sanders, 5Bestthings.com Channel Writer
Toshiba Portege R705-P35
Toshiba Portege R705-P35 including a faster 2.26GHz Intel Core i3, 4GB of DDR3 memory (from 4GB), and bundling a 13-inch widescreen, optical drive, are more dominant than anything else you can buy at this price. is close to a perfect balance of design, price, and performance. make it our first choose as the best laptop our there

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Description and Specifications

The Portege R705 is a 13-inch laptop (similar to Apple's MacBook), which is the biggest screen size we'd consider carrying around on a regular basis, but also the smallest we'd be able to comfortably use for full-time computing. It's thinner than the current white plastic MacBook (but not as svelte as the MacBook Air or Dell Adamo XPS) and has a sturdy magnesium alloy chassis.

The Portege R705 keyboard is one of the best we've used on any consumer notebook, even more comfortable than that on the Satellite Portege R705. The keys are generously spaced, offer strong tactile feedback, and have no flex at all. Using this keyboard, we were able to achieve a score of 92 words per minute on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, which matches our all-time high score.

Metal, like magnesium alloy, can be pounded into thin, yet rigid sheets, which help make the R705-P35 one of the lightest ultraportables in its class. It's the same delicate feeling you get . The back of the lid on this consumer model has a subtle dark blue tint to it, as opposed to the solid black on the business-targeted variant. The only visual element on the R705 we really disliked was the overly chromed screen hinges, which would look more at home as rims on a tricked-out car than on a sophisticated laptop.


  • Intel® Core™ i3-370M Processor
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Mobile Intel® HD Graphics
  • 64MB-1696MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
  • 4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
  • 500GB HDD (5400rpm)
  • DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
  • 13.3" widescreen
  • HD TruBrite® LED Backlit display with Intel® Wireless Display Technology

A truly ultraportables laptop, the Toshiba R705-P35 isn’t as attractive as the same-price Mac or Sony but offers a DVD drive built-in, a lighter combined weight, better Windows performance and integrated graphics.

Starting Price $899 Get It From Microsoft Store

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