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Toshiba Portege A600-S2201 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Toshiba Portege A600-S2201 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Toshiba Portege A600

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The Bottom Line

Mar 23 2009 - The Portege A600-S2201 should be considered a less expensive cousin of the high end Portege R600. The system has a slightly larger overall build and weighs a bit more, but it provides a decent experience for its price tag. The included Windows XP Professional downgradfe will definitely entice some but the build quality of this system isn't up to the level of most business class ultraportables. Toshiba also needs to but down the installed applications as it impacts performance.
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Pros

  • Windows XP Downgrade Included
  • Good Number of Peripheral Ports
  • Relatively Light For Features

Cons

  • Plastic Case and Keyboard Don't Feel Sturdy
  • Suffers From Too Many Preinstalled Applications

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 Ultra-Low Voltage Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, ExpressCard/34, SD Card Slot, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 11.3" x 8.8" x 1.2" @ 3.2 lbs.
  • Vista Business, Windows XP Professional Downgrade, Works, WinDVD, DVD Factory, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Portege A600-S2201 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 23 2009 - Toshiba's Portege A600 certainly stands out in the ultraportable market thanks to its shiny silver exterior and keyboard. Unlike laptops like the MacBook Air or even the Portege R series, the case is not made from metal but from plastic. This gives the initial impression that it might be sturdy but once you start to work with the unit, the exterior and keyboard just don't have the same feel as other business class ultraportables.

What the Toshiba Portege A600 has over many other business ultraportables is price. With street prices as low as $1150, this system is certainly much less expensive. Of course, much of the reduced cost comes from the less than rugged plastic exterior. They didn't skimp too much in terms of the features.

Performance is decent thanks to the new Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 ultra-low voltage processor that allows it to run for a fairly long time off the battery. Rather than using the newer DDR3 memory standard, the Portege A600 uses the more affordable but slightly slower DDR2 memory. At least they include 3GB that should let it run smoothly if not for the large number of preloaded applications that run in the background.

The storage is somewhat small at 160GB compared to heavier 13.3-inch laptops but it is more inline with the ultathin laptops. At least Toshiba managed to include a dual layer DVD burner in the system and still keep the overall weight at a very lightweight 3.3 pounds.

Even with the small dimensions, Toshiba managed to include a large number of peripheral ports including three USB 2.0 ports with one of them also doubling as an eSATA port for high speed external storage. The downside is that it does not have a FireWire port or a multi-format card reader.

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