Ultra Mobile Notebooks

The Toshiba Portégé R500 is an ultra portable notebook with a screen that excels in sunlight

Toshiba Portégé R500

  • Amazingly thin and lightweight.
  • Up to 12.5 hours battery life.
  • Power and portability.
  • Transreflective screen.
  • Magnesium alloy construction.

The ultimate ultra-portable for mobile business professionals

Toshiba has produced the thinnest, lightest 12.1" ultraportable notebook available – bar none. The wafer-thin magnesium alloy case and 755g weight mean this is a notebook you can carry wherever your business takes you.

Lightweight and tough enough to take anywhere

You really won’t believe just how incredibly light and compact the Portégé R500 is until you get it in your hands. But don’t let the light weight fool you: the tough yet flexible magnesium alloy case is designed to withstand the rigours of life on the move.

The matte silver finish and polished accents also make the Portégé R500 stand out in a sea of boring black boxes.

Full size keyboard means you don’t have to compromise productivity for size.

If you’re looking for a great business ultra mobile notebook that performs as well as it looks, the Portégé R500 should be at the top of your list.

The power to keep you productive

The zippy, ultra low voltage 1.2GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and 2GB of memory means you can multitask all day. This powerful little machine is paired with Windows® Vista™ Business to keep you productive all day.

Along with the Portégé’s shock–absorbing design is the option of a shockproof 64 Solid State Drive (SSD) to further add to the security of your important files. SSDs are quicker, less susceptible to shock and vibration, and use less precious battery power.

Some models also include a 7mm thin optical drive so you can install software or watch DVDs etc.

A screen designed for outdoor use

Toshiba Portégé R500 open

If you’ve ever tried using a laptop with a glossy screen outdoors, you know what a frustrating experience it is. Washed out colours and lots of annoying reflections are the norm. The Portégé R500 is not only designed to work outside, it thrives on it.

The transreflective screen uses daylight to illuminate the screen. So, when you take the Portégé R500 outside, simply switch off the LED backlight and let the screen do its magic.

As sunlight hits the retroflector, it is reflected back at you, which produces the brightness in the screen. The brighter the sunlight, the brighter the screen and the higher the contrast.

Screen backlighting is one of the biggest drains on battery power. Using the transreflective screen allows the Portégé R500 to achieve up to 12.5 hours on one charge.

Biometric fingerprint scanner to keep your data secure

To prevent your critical data falling into the wrong hands, Portégé R500 notebooks come with integrated biometric fingerprint sensor and enhanced data encryption.

These advanced security features mean no one can access your data, even if your notebook is stolen.

And, you don’t have to remember your login password; just swipe your fingertip over the fingerprint sensor and away you go.

Stay connected with wireless networking and Bluetooth

Toshiba Portégé R500 back

The Portégé R500 comes equipped with 802.11 Draft n wireless networking for ultra fast cable-free connection to Wi-Fi hotspots.

It has a PC Card slot so you can also use an HSDPA card for 3.6Mbps broadband.

With integrated Bluetooth you can transfer photos from your mobile phone or wirelessly connect to a printer. You can even use a 3G mobile phone as a modem.

Key features

  • Up to 12.5 hours battery life means a full work day on a single charge.
  • Biometric fingerprint sensor and recognition software.
  • The lightest 12.1" ultraportable notebook available.
  • Transreflective screen thrives on outdoor use.
  • Tough magnesium alloy chassis.

Toshiba Portégé R500 series specification
Operating System Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business
Display 12.1" 1280 x 800 WXGA, Transreflective LCD with LED technology
Processor & Chipset 1.2GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Mobile Intel® U7600 Chipset
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 Draft n
Memory 2GB (DDR2)
Hard Drive Capacity 100–120GB with G-Sensor shock protection
Optical Drive DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
Security Features Toshiba EasyGuard® Technology fingerprint reader and enhanced data encryption
Battery Lithium-Ion, 8–12.5 hours*
Dimensions (WxDxH) 277 x 198 x 29mm (10.9 x 7.8 x 1.1")
Weight 1.19–1.24kg (1.72–2.4 lbs)
Colours Matte silver with polished accents

* Actual battery life is subject to normal usage, configuration, and model type.