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Toshiba Ready To Jazz Up Notebook Market With Skinny Portege R500

Toshiba is intensifying the competition in the laptop market by introducing a new absolutely slim 2.4-pound laptop that features a 128-GB DVD drive and a solid-state drive.

In contrast, other super slim laptops such as the Apple MacBook Air and the

Voodoo Envy 133 weigh 3 pounds and 3.4 pounds respectively.

A mere 0.77 inches thick, the new version of Portege R500 has joined the family of world's thinnest notebooks, claims Toshiba.

The laptop has a widescreen 12.1-inches transreflective LED backlit display that enables outdoor and indoor viewing.

It features Windows Vista Business and uses an Intel Core2 duo that runs at 1.33GHz.

In addition to this, the device is expected to meet the highest standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency.

According to Toshiba, the Portege R500 storage component is the highest potential SSD available for notebooks.

Toshiba says the device offers over eight hours of battery life after complete charge.

With an estimated price of $2,999 and a 3-year warranty, this super slim notebook is surely going to give a tough competition to other laptop manufacturers including Apple and HP.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.