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Toshiba has grown its slimline Portégé laptop range with the birth of a new model which the firm claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest fully featured machine to date. The R600 weighs in at 1.1kg (2.4lb) and measures 283 x 215.8 x 19.5-25.5mm. Unfortunately for Toshiba, the R600 will have to share its attributes crown …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns


    Is the Macbook Air comparison really necessary, or is this site now taking a leaf out of Engadget's book?

    Besides, the MBA blows.

  2. netean


    it's certainly moving towards the price of a macbook!

    But will it run osx I wonder?

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    What're you on about?

    Looks bugger all like the Mac Book Air. It has an optical drive, for starters.

  4. foof

    Stupid title

    It can't be a MacBook Air beater if it doesn't run OS X.

    And yes, the MBA blows.

  5. Alexis Vallance
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    'MacBook Air beater'???

    Surely the whole point of the MBA is that it's anorexic-thin. It's features are secondary.

    So until another manufacturer releases a notebook 1mm thinner, it's impossible for there to be a 'MBA beater' I would have thought.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The MacBook Air's gimmick is 'thin'. How can it be a MacBook Air beater when it is twice as fat?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    MacBook Air

    Like it or not, the Air is the benchmark by which other light laptops are judged.

    Similarly, why do you think other devices are often described as iPod- or iPhone beaters? (and then fail miserably in the process).

    Apple sets the standard. Design matters.

  8. N

    so what?

    It will still come with Windows Vista, the computer operating system designed to weigh computers down like a stone, from the 10 death marks of Windows; CE, ME & NT



  9. Anonymous Coward
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    pwns the MBA on features, having wired ethernet and more than one USB slot.

  10. Danny Thompson
    IT Angle

    Must try harder ....

    The Register scraping the barrel again, and failing to come up with anything plausible.

    "MBA Beater" and "The R600 still has the same dangerously bendy 12.1in, 1280 x 800 screen found on the R500". So let me see if I get this right, making something inferior to the MBA qualifies it as an MBA Beater? Is that in the same way as people on Benefit are Captains of Industry?

    Perhaps it would be simpler, better, and less painful if El Reg got back to simply reporting facts and left out the personal prejudices and opinions. This old crank of yours is getting tiresome and making you like one of our daily Red Tops. What next, Page Three pictures?

    IT? - Because this article has bugger all to do with IT and more to do with airing prejudices.

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  12. Nick Palmer
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    @AC "Macbook Air"

    No, it isn't. The MBA is a gimmick, loved only by those who don't need to actually DO stuff; the benchmark is the Lenovo X300, in comparison to which, both this Tosh AND the MBA score a massive fail.

  13. Alexis Vallance
    Paris Hilton


    "Gimme a break. The MBA is crap! Beating it isn't exactly difficult."

    What's the point of posting without actually explaining why?

  14. Scott Mckenzie

    Hmmm... exactly is the MBA crap?

    Sure it doesn't have many ports, only has 100Mb ethernet and has no on board DVD, but it utterly destroys any of the other super thin and light machines where it matters, on performance.... the only one that really bugs me is the ethernet speed, but that's only an issue when moving large files around on a network, otherwise none of the supposed "MBA Beaters" even come close to beating it... but people will always profess how much greater it is because of all the unnecessary features that are used so infrequently... buy a £4 USB hub and you're done.

  15. Volker Hett
    Paris Hilton

    The MBA blows?

    I have only limited experience with MBAs as intimate as this, and no, she doesn't.

    Paris, she's got no MBA but ...


  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Nick Palmer

    I'll concede your point when a machine is described as a 'Lenovo X300-beater'.

  17. Noah Zerkin
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    "Why do you keep saying that word? I don't think it means what you think it does."

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