Toshiba on 17 Jun launched a new ultraportable laptop that it claims is the world’s lightest, putting it in argument with vendors including Apple and Lenovo. The company said the full-featured Portégé R500-S5007V weighs just 2.4 pounds (1.08 kilograms), compared to Apple’s MacBook Air, which weighs 3 pounds, and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300, which weighs around 2.93 pounds. The laptop measures 0.77 inches at its thinnest point, according to Toshiba. And also it was the first laptop which includes a 128G-byte solid-state drive (SSD) to replace the hard drive. Laptops to date have had 64G bytes of storage, though both Lenovo and Apple provide 128G bytes of storage through two 64G-byte modules. But now only be available with one 128G-byte SSD.
SSD has no moving parts like a hard drive, so it consumes less power that can give the battery more runtime. And it runs on a lithium-ion battery. The laptop can run for an eight-hour runtime on a single battery charge. According to Toshiba battery life is also preserved by the laptop’s Tran reflective 12.1-inch screen, which can shut down the LED (light-emitting diode) backlighting by reflecting the sun’s rays to illuminate the screen. For US$2,999, users can get a laptop powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 processor at 1.33GHz, with 2M bytes of cache and 2G bytes of RAM. It will come with Windows Vista Business OS, which is also down gradable to Windows XP Professional. The laptop includes a SuperMulti optical drive that can read and rewrite DVD and CD media, wired and wireless 802.11 a/g/n networking, Bluetooth 2.0 support and built-in safety features to protect laptop data during falls. And lastly it has a specially built motherboard that can provide the same functionality of boards found in 15.4-inch laptops, but is one-third the size. This laptop may available in all over the world at the end of the third quarter of this year.
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