Toshiba Portege Ultra Portables: High in the Sky!

Gravity, What Gravity?

Gravity, What Gravity?

If Isaac Newton had anything to do at Toshiba's exciting launch, well, we're guessing he wouldn't have fallen asleep under the apple tree. Held on the 70th floor of the Swissotel Stamford Hotel, Toshiba�s Defying Gravity regional launch revealed three new models - two ultra portables and one 8.9-inch netbook.

Now, you may have last heard that Toshiba's Doing It In Style these days, so obviously the launch would be done with some style and panache. Well, we definitely had no cause for concern as Toshiba unleashed their gravity defying acrobats in an amazing display of balancing acts and what must be extremely painful splits and contortions.

 Rising high above our heads was this daring acrobat and we can guess that defying gravity is definitely his forte.

 This doesn't look very comfortable, doesn't it?

But the main highlights of the show are of course Toshiba's latest laptops, so even acrobats (the non Adobe kind) couldn't put us off forever. First in line is the latest update to the Toshiba Portege R series, the R600, which is the direct successor to the R500 and keeps much of the same features and form factors.

 The Toshiba Portege R600 that was seen floating in the air in our thumbnail. Costing a cool $4999, the R600 is the first notebook to feature a 128GB SSD and features a Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (1.4GHz) processor, 3GB DDR2 RAM on a 12.1-inch screen. This 0.979kg model also sports an optical drive!

Last on our list of the line up is the 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100, which uses the same tried and true Intel Atom formula. While some may bemoan the 8.9-inch form factor (especially with the abundance of 10.2-inch netbooks), Toshiba has managed to cram into the netbook a 120GB HDD, three USB ports with their Sleep-and-Charge function and at 1.05kg, it's certainly light enough on its feet for users.

 Putting its spill resistant keyboard to the test is Toshiba's newest A series model, the Toshiba Portege A600 that's making its first appearance for their ultra portable line. For $3999, the 1.46kg model is just as light, slightly more chunky, shares pretty much the same system specifications as the R600 except for the fact it uses a 250GB HDD instead.

Last on our list of the line up is the 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100, which uses the same tried and true Intel Atom formula. While some may bemoan the 8.9-inch form factor (especially with the abundance of 10.2-inch netbooks), Toshiba has managed to cram into the netbook a 120GB HDD, three USB ports with their Sleep-and-Charge function and at 1.05kg, it's certainly light enough on its feet for users.

 The 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100 uses the Intel Atom platform and comes packed with a 120GB HDD running on Windows XP. Toshiba has hinted that they will also be coming out with other netbooks too, so we'll definitely been keeping an eye out for future models.