800g, 12.1-inch Screen: Say Hello to Toshiba's Portégé R600 Netbook Killer

Today's the day where big laptop manufacturers came out fighting with Sony launching a Blu-ray Vaio nano laptop this morning. Now though, it's Toshiba's turn to reveal the R600, a 800g laptop that's even lighter than your average Netbook.

Even then, the R600 manages to pack in a 12.1-inch TFT monitor, 3GB Memory, a Core 2 Duo SU9400 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz and a 128GB Solid State Drive (which you can replace with a 200GB SATA hard disk drive). Like the forthcoming generation of mini-lappies, this one has a 3G built-in HSDPA modem (no need for dongles) and the touchpad is of a decent size.

The R600 comes complete with Windows Vista Business and should in theory be downgradable to Windows XP Professional via Toshiba's Recovery CD. Aside from the wireless connection options, Toshiba has also thrown in a webcam and a nifty Sleep and charge function that allows USB devices to be charged even if the R600 is switched off.

The laptop, which manages to grab the title of lightest full size laptop although we would argue that 12.1-inch is not full size for a laptop. Its starts at a rather decent £1099, the same as the bulkier but more elegant Apple Mac Book Air.