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article imageToshiba unveils Portégé R500-S5007V 'world's lightest' laptop

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 18, 2008 in Technology
On Tuesday, Toshiba unveiled a new ultraportable laptop, claiming it is the “World’s Lightest” laptop. It weighs only 2.4 pounds (1.08 kilograms).
Toshiba wants to go head to head against the Apple MacBook Air, saying its new Portégé R500-S5007V laptop is lighter. The Portégé R500-S5007V weighs only 2.4 pounds compared to the heavier MacBook Air (which weighs 3 pounds) and Lenovo’s Thinkpad X300 (which weighs 2.93 pounds).
The laptop also measures 0.77 inches at the thinnest point according to Toshiba.
The Portégé R500-S5007V laptop will also be the first to have a 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD). Previously Lenovo and the Apple MacBook only had a 64GB SSD option.
SSD consumes less power than a conventional hard drive. Toshiba claims the laptop can run eight hours straight on a single battery charge. Another power-saving option in the Toshiba laptop is its transreflective 12.1 inch screen, which consumes less power by shutting of LED backlighting during bright sunlight.
The main features of the Portégé R500-S5007V are:
1.) Pricing starts at $2,999
2.) Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 processor at 1.33 GHz
3.) 2MB Cache memory, 2GB RAM
4.) Windows Vista OS (users can downgrade it to Windows XP also)
5.) Super-Multi Optical Drive (read and writes DVD and CD Media)
6.) Wired and Wireless 802.11 a/g/n networking options
7.) Bluetooth
8.) 128GB SSD
The laptop will start shipping in the third quarter this year, according to the company.
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