conclusion:We like it

84 April 19th 2012 12:45 pm

Toshiba's Portege R830/R835 series shows that, while traditional ultraportable laptops have been upstaged by ultrabooks, they haven't gone away — and they're often cheaper and include more features than their superslim siblings. The R835 weighs about 3.2 pounds, includes an optical drive, and has a full complement of ports, including HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and USB 3.0. It also includes WiDi for wireless streaming to a compatible HDTV, and has good battery life. If you're willing to carry something slightly heavier than a typical ultrabook, want the convenience of a DVD drive, and want to save a little cash, the R835 is well worth considering.

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PC Mag Mar 30, 2012

The Toshiba Portege R835-P88 is an eye-opener: Almost light enough to forget it's in your briefcase, it delivers ultrabook-beating performance plus the convenience of an onboard optical drive plus the appeal of a bargain price.

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Laptop Magazine Apr 17, 2012

Frequent travelers and business users searching for a highly portable notebook with decent power should consider the $849 Toshiba Portege R835-P88. Road warriors who don't mind a little extra bulk will find the Toshiba Portege R835-P88 a solid choice.

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CNET Mar 29, 2012

While it's not as impressive as it was when we first saw it, it's still a great go-to laptop that packs in a big hard drive and optical drive, while weighing less than some laptops labeled as actual ultrabooks.

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AnandTech Mar 30, 2012

Unfortunately, the last major issue with the R835 is the cooling design. I'm not convinced this is unsolvable, but Toshiba may have to make serious revisions under the hood to get thermals in check—or they have to look at sacrificing quiet running for lower temperatures.

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rowilo rowilo

I have this with a 256 GB SSD, core i5 and 4GB of RAM. The fact it doesn't heat up my lap like every other laptop I have ever owned is wonderful. A more powerful laptop meant bigger, heavier and hotter for me. Not after using this. I only wish I had gotten the i7 processor and a larger hard...

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CoolHuh CoolHuh

This laptop has been with me for over a year and it is just great. Battery lasts for a full working day and because of the SSD startup is less than 30seconds!

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dejanvasic dejanvasic

Had this laptop since it first came out over 2 years ago and it's by far the best I've ever had. As a software developer, I'm always on the go and in need of really powerful machines. And this definitely was perfectly suited.

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