Toshiba’s Ultra-Portable Portege R200

Toshiba has announced a new laptop today within its popular business class Protégé lineup. The R200 notebook is Toshiba’s thinnest and lightest notebook to incorporate a 12.1-inch screen.

The R200 will come standard with an Intel Pentium M Processor at 1.2 GHz (2MB L2 Cache, 400 MHz FSB). Other key features include a 60GB 4200 RPM hard drive, 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM, intergraded wireless (802.11 b/g), integrated Bluetooth, and Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (128 MB shared VRAM)

The ultra portable R200 will weigh in at 2.68 pounds and only an inch thick. The R200 is already available on Toshiba’s website for a standard price of $2,099. Other configurations are also available.

No pictures of the R200 yet, as soon as we find them we will update you.

See press release below.


Toshiba Celebrates 20 Years of Notebook Innovation by Unveiling Ultra-Portable Portege R200; Next Generation of Popular Ultra-Portable Notebook Blends Performance, Extended Battery Life and Security Within Sleek, Sophisticated Design

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and provider of industry-leading portable computers, projectors and other mobile-related services and products, today celebrates 20 years of notebook innovation with the introduction of the company’s high-performance, ultra-portable, Portege(R) R200 notebook computer.

Weighing a mere 2.68 pounds(a) and measuring under an inch thick, the Portege R200 blends distinctive style with enhanced wireless and newly integrated EasyGuard(TM) technology features for added security and durability to meet the specific demands of today’s professional. The Portege R200 is also the thinnest and lightest Toshiba notebook to incorporate a 12.1-inch screen. Within its sleek, compact form factor, the Portege R200 merges sophistication with high-performance functionality for mobile executives.

To provide professionals with extended use throughout the business day — while in meetings or traveling — the Portege R200 offers up to 10 hours of battery(b) life by coupling an optional high-capacity battery with the existing battery.

“The introduction of the Portege R200 is a reflection of Toshiba’s continuing 20-year commitment to remain the leader in notebook design and innovation,” said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems.

“By implementing leading security, durability and wireless technology, the Portege R200 reinforces our dedication to provide mobile computing professionals with industry-leading quality and value,” Hiyama said.

Throughout its sleek silver chassis, the Portege R200 incorporates an array of beneficial features, including the Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor(c) Ultra Low Voltage 753, 1.8-inch 60GB hard drive(d), 512 MB DDR2 400 MHz memory(e) and half-size Atheros(R) 802.11b/g wireless(f) LAN mini PC interface card.

Toshiba’s commitment to research and development is evident throughout the Portege R200 as the company’s next-generation ultraportable integrates four elements of the company’s new EasyGuard(i) technology: Protect & Fix, Secure, Connect and Optimize. Toshiba EasyGuard is a series of hardware and software enhancements to business-class notebooks that enhance mobile security, system integrity, network connectivity and overall ease of use.

Protect & Fix

To protect user investment, Toshiba integrates state-of-the-art shock-absorption to help safeguard sensitive and critical components such as the next-generation Portege’s hard drive and LCD display against the everyday bumps, knocks and vibrations mobile PCs experience on the road. Toshiba also added shock-absorbing materials to isolate critical components such as the hard drive and LCD screen from turbulence and vibration.
The Toshiba Hard Disk Drive Protection System helps protect the ultra-portable notebook’s hard drive should it accidentally drop, experience turbulence or vibration.

Toshiba’s 3D accelerometer detects when the Portege R200 is in a vulnerable position caused by a sudden “acceleration” in any direction. Once the unsafe incident is detected, the hard drive immediately places itself into a protected mode and parks the hard drive head until the system determines it is safe to proceed.

Secure

To help protect user data and personal identity, the Portege R200 includes two leading security features, the Toshiba Trusted Platform Module (TPM) embedded security chip and the Toshiba fingerprint reader. The TPM equips users with a high level of data encryption for storage of files, identity protection and securing vital corporate and personal information.

The inclusion of the fingerprint reader provides Portege R200 users with a reliable method to protect personal user information. A simple swipe of a finger can eliminate the need to remember the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) logon and common application passwords to allow users to easily access their corporate network, e-mail and online banking.

Connect

To simplify wired and wireless connectivity, the Portege R200 includes Toshiba ConfigFree(R), the company’s intuitive graphic connectivity management utility, and the Toshiba ConfigFree with Summit which allows users and workgroups to send and receive files between colleagues or clients when connected via LAN or wirelessly.

Toshiba engineered this ultra-portable notebook with its patented Diversity Antenna design for optimum wireless Wi-Fi(R) access and functionality. This design delivers better wireless signal reception through the integration of strategically placed dual-band Wi-Fi antennas in the notebook’s display.

Optimize

Optimization places the control of key settings with the user, enabling the Portege R200 to become a more trusted and easy-to-use travel companion.

To maximize the Portege’s battery life, the notebook includes the exclusive Toshiba Power Saver. The utility’s intuitive graphics-based interface allows users to customize notebook settings to optimize performance and battery life, based on the individual’s specific preference. Moreover, a dynamic indicator alerts the user if the power management setting will increase system performance or enhance battery life.

The Portege R200 is available with a three-year limited warranty. Customers can choose from several service options, including extended limited warranties, carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country, or utilizing any of more than 3,000 UPS Stores for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized Depot for prompt service turnaround.

Toshiba also offers Ask Iris(R) Online, an instant response information service that alerts users to security software patches and provides other information regarding their product from Toshiba engineers and technical support staff.

The Portege R200 is now available and may be purchased from traditional Toshiba sales channels, which include dealers, VARs and distributors and through ToshibaDirect (www.toshibadirect.com). The Portege R200 is available for $2,0997.

The following accessories are available for the Portege R200: high-capacity 6-cell battery, slim port replicator, choice of external optical drives, including CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive or DVD SuperMulti drive, global AC adapter and executive carrying case.

Portege R200 Featured Configuration

Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor(c) Ultra Low
Voltage 753 (1.2 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache, 400 MHz FSB)
Operating System: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional
Display: 12.1-inch diagonal TFT XGA
System Chipset: Mobile Intel(R) 915GMS Express Chipset
Graphics Controller:Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (128 MB
shared VRAM) graphics(h) processor
Memory: 512 MB (standard) 400 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory(e)
Hard Drive: 60 GB (4200 RPM) (1.8-inch”) HDD4
Optical Drive: External optical drives are available (optional)
Wireless: Atheros(R) (802.11 b/g) with SuperG(TM) technology
integrated wireless(f) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth(R)
2.0+EDR
Ports: RGB, Fast Infrared (IrDA 1.1) port, 2 USB 2.0,
RJ-11 modem (v.92), RJ-45 (10/100/1000 Ethernet),
Headphone and microphone ports, 1 Type II PCMCIA
slot, Secure Digital(R) Card slot, slim port
replicator port
Battery: 6-cell lithium ion battery(b) (3800 mAh), High-
capacity 6-cell lithium ion battery (optional)
Dimensions: 11.2″ x 9.0 x 0.3/0.8″
Weight: 2.68 lbs.(a)
Warranty: Standard three-year limited warranty


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