http://us.toshiba.com ¦ Retail price: $799
By Jennifer Wagner
The Portégé R830 laptop has a full-voltage 2nd-Generation
Intel Core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
that enables each processor core to work on two tasks at
Quality and Effectiveness: The Portégé R830 is
useful right out of the box. The four gigabytes of memory
makes programs zoom, and the model’s lightness makes it
Ease of Use: This reviewer was able to load extra
software and connect to any environment or projector
with ease. The keyboard is a perfect size, and the fingerprint
recognition simultaneously provides security and
dispenses with the need to remember a password. The
memory-card reader is a great add-on. The Hard Drive
Impact Sensor protects data while the laptop is in use. But
the computer comes with some preloaded software that
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The
Portégé R830 fits nicely on a student’s desk. It connects to
projectors and televisions with ease. A number pad would
This computer costs more than a netbook, but it does
come with a three-year warranty and a CD/DVD player.
The four gigabytes of memory is outstanding. It feels
like a netbook but has more. It is a good machine
straight out of the box. Projector connectivity is one of
teachers’ and presenters’ biggest headaches, and the
Portégé passed that test many times.
¦ The Portégé is backpack friendly.
¦ Laptop is ready to be used and
jostled by all grade levels.
¦ It connects easily to anything.