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Toshiba readies R830, R840, and R850 notebooks for U.S. launch

The ultraportable laptops available now online with three-year warranty and up to 7 to 11 hours of battery life

First revealed back in February, Toshiba is now ready to launch three ultraportable laptops in the U.S., the Portégé R830, Tecra R840, and Tecra R850.

According to the Toshiba press release, these laptops will be about 1-inch thick at most and are thinner and lighter than their respective predecessors without sacrificing durability and strength. In fact, the R840 is about 25 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, while the R850 is 19 percent thinner and 6 percent lighter. This is possible with “fiberglass-reinforced casing” for the new Tecra laptops, while the Portégé will make use of Toshiba’s “exclusive Magnesium Alloy casing.” Additionally, all three laptops will come standard with three-year warranty, spill resistant keyboards, and the Trusted Platform Module for data encryption and theft prevention.

In terms of specifications, each notebook will be running Intel Sandy Bridge processors ranging from i3, i5, and i7 lines with up to 8GB of RAM. Hard drives can be swapped for SSDs or vice versa as configured by the user. A Radeon HD 6450M is also available as a discrete graphics option for the Tecra R840 and R850. The Portégé R830 will be stuck with Intel Integrated Graphics, but as a result can offer up to 8 hours of solid battery life compared to the 11 hours and 7 hours of the R840 and R850, respectively. Fortunately, USB 3.0 ports, optical drives, and card readers all come standard throughout the models.

The 14-inch Tecra R840 and 15.6-inch Tecra R850 begin at $899 and $879, respectively, depending on user configuration. The 13.3-inch Portégé starts slightly higher, at $1049. All models are available now at


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)