Toshiba Portégé R830 review

Toshiba's ultraportable Sandy Bridge laptop has finally arrived. Is its low weight worth its high cost? Read our review to find out.

The Toshiba Portégé R830

The collect and return warranty is a lengthy three years, but sadly there's no option for onsite service.

So what's our verdict?


The Toshiba Portégé R830 isn't perfect. Not everyone will like the keyboard and it's not cheap, but it's stylish, well-built, has USB3 and lengthy battery life too. It's one of the best ultraportable laptops we've seen yet. Those who need the longest possible battery life should still opt for the 13in MacBook Air though, despite its ageing processor.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2520M, 2.5GHz Memory: 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM Graphics: Intel GMA 3000 Hard disk: 500GB hard disk Display: 13.3in 1,366 x 768 LED-backlit screen Features: 0.3 megapixel camera, microphone, stereo speakers Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HSDPA, Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 1 x USB2, 1x USB3, 1 x combo eSATA/USB2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 3.5mm headphone and microphone sockets, 1 x port replicator Dimensions: 23x394x268mm (WxDxH) Weight: 1.49kg Warranty: 1 year customer carry-in warranty OS: Windows 7 Business 64-bit BENCHMARK RESULTS Image editing 82 Video encoding 55 Multiple apps 55 Overall 60 Light usage battery life – 8h50m POWER CONSUMPTION Sleep 1W Idle 12W Active 56W