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First Impressions: The Toshiba R400 Tablet PC

Toshiba R400 Tablet PC

Toshiba adds "WOW" Factor to their R400 Tablet PC

by Linda A. Epstein
March 2007

In a world where first impressions are critical, Toshiba hits the ball it out of the park......

When you take the R400 out of the box and feel it in your hand for the first time, a audible *WOW* is likely to escape from your lips.    The simple elegance of the high gloss piano white finish combined with high gloss Piano black trim of the R400 makes a for a great first impression.   This is without question the most elegant computer design I've seen.   

Toshiba R400

The Toshiba R400 soon as you see it and feel it your hands, you know there are good things to come.

The unique design of the Toshiba R400 Tablet PC, attention to ascetic detail and unique features like the Toshiba Edge Display and a 12.1 Widescreen XGA LED Backlight Display with High Brightness and Wide Viewing Angle, built in EDVO make this R400 stand out in a crowd.  No question that if your using this in a public place people are going to notice it and ask questions.

The display is clear and crisp, and the experience with the pen is the best I have experienced to date..  In tablet mode, the R400 feels very much like a slate and the pen glides effortlessly over the smooth surface of the screen.  Ink from the pen flows as naturally as if you were using paper and pen.

I'll have a full review for you in a few weeks, but for now I can tell you that the R400 is the exception to the rule in that it is its not for intended to be for everyone.  Its for those who dare to be different, appreciate style and enjoy owning a Tablet PC that is an expression of who they are.      

First Impression:  I love this Tablet PC.

Battery life results will be in the full review.

From the Toshiba web site:

The Portégé® R400 is Toshiba's signature notebook PC for the successful professional. The product of a joint collaboration between two industry giants, Toshiba and Microsoft, the Portégé® R400 is the World's First PC that automatically synchronizes your e-mail and calendar events with Active Notifications. The Toshiba Edge Display, serving as a Personal Information Assistant, presents the synchronized information, while the 12.1" LED backlit wide-aspect display* , in conjunction with Microsoft® Windows® Aero™, ensures a rich and brilliant visual computing experience. The Portégé® R400's convertible design is both an exquisite notebook and Tablet PC in one. Toshiba's ConfigFree® provides ingenious connectivity via integrated Verizon EVDO* (select models), WiFi® * , Bluetooth® * and Gigabit Ethernet. Featuring a biometric fingerprint reader and TPM encryption module, the Portégé® R400 helps ensure confidential company data and sensitive personal information is secure from unauthorized system access. The Portégé® R400 is the ultimate expression of Toshiba innovation, where presentation is every bit as distinctive as the technology within.

Starting at $2599.99

Toshiba Portege R400-S4931

  • Core™ Duo  U2500   1.20GHz
  • Windows Vista™ Ultimate (32-bit)
  • 12.1”Widescreen XGA LED Backlight Display with High Brightness and Wide View Angle
  • 80GB (4200rpm RPM) Hard Drive
  • 2048MB
  • Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 256MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g), Integrated EVDO (Verizon Wireless)
  • Bluetooth® V2.0 + EDR
  • Li-Ion (6-cell, 4000mAh) and Li-Ion (6-cell) Slice Expansion Battery
  • 1-Type II PC Card Slot
  • 2-USB (2.0)
  • Finger Print Reader
  • External DVD Super Multi Drive
  • Full specs



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