Sunday, 1 February 2009

Toshiba Launches MacBook Air Killer - Specs, reviews and prices.
Toshiba’s growth in the notebook manufacturing market has been tremendous. Credit this to its Portégé laptop range. Now, Toshiba is planning to release its own super-thin notebook that could possibly rival Apple’s MacBook Air. This new model claims to be the world’s thinnest and lightest fully featured machine to date.

The Toshiba R600 weighs in at 1.1kg (2.4lb) and measures 283 x 215.8 x 19.5-25.5mm. The R600 is a bit similar to its older brother, the R500, which weighs exactly the same and has identical dimensions. The new model comes in two flavors: a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 model with 1GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and a 128GB solid-state drive, or a cheaper 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU9300 version with 2GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and a 160GB SATA HDD.

The R600 still has the same dangerously bendy 12.1in, 1280 x 800 screen found on the R500. However, Toshiba’s swapped out the R500’s Intel 945GMS chipset and GMA 3000 integrated graphics in favour of a G45 chipset with a GMA X4500 graphics core.

Nonetheless, the R600 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Toshiba’s even found room to slot in a 0.3-megapixel webcam and a microphone into the R600’s lid. Both versions of the R600 support Bluetooth version 2.1.

On the R600 you’ll also find a fingerprint reader, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a SD memory card slot.

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