Let's be real for a moment. A netbook is an awesome device if all you want is something ultra-portable to knock around the Web, send emails, and even do a little bit of productivity work. But are you going to replace your daily notebook with a netbook? Probably not. Even with dual-core Atom chips now the norm, netbooks don't possess the power or capabilities of a full-fledged notebook.
A solid alternative is a true ultra-portable like the Toshiba Portege R835-P50X. The R835 has all the makings of a much more powerful notebook but in a highly portable 13.3-inch form factor that's one of the lightest around. It's like having the convenience of a netbook, only instead of an Atom processor and a threadbare feature-set, the R835 packs Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and an optical drive, two things you may never see in a netbook. We'll get to the pros and cons, but first, a quick peek of the spec sheet:
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Our comparison of the R835-P50X with a netbook is simply to show you that you can have a bona fide computing experience in an ultraportable design that doesn't limp with underpowered and/or missing hardware. And make no mistake, though it only weighs 3.2 pounds and measures 13.3 inches, the R835 is a solidly spec'd notebook that attempts to combine the portability of a netbook with the power of a laptop, and mostly succeeds.
It's not a gaming notebook, nor is it as sexy as a MacBook Air. We're also not overly impressed with the display's strict viewing angle. But the R835-P50X makes up for its few shortcomings by not only living up to what you expect an ultraportable to be, but by going above and beyond. The dual-core Sandy Bridge processor (Core i3 2310M) provides a solid foundation, both in terms of power and power management. Combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory, a spacious 640GB hard drive, DVD burner, and a large 6-cell battery, the R835 provides plenty for road warriors to smile about.
Our Score: 4.5 out of 5
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