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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.

Désiré Athow

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 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.