"Overall great value for an ultraportable"4.0 starson by PhiPsi32
Pros: Featherweight . . . this laptop is .8lbs heavier than the Acer netbook it replaced, but I haven't noticed the difference.
The battery life is competitive 7hrs practical use with WiFi off vs. 8hrs on my netbook.
Latest Sandy Bridge i3 dual core proce
Cons: The plain design is unispiring.
No dedicated toggle switch for WiFi
Only one USB 3.0 port (one 2.0 USB and one combo USB 2.0/eSATA)
Bluetooth is not a standard option
AC power adapter is not grounded (two prong vs. three) (maybe it's trivial)
Summary: I've been looking for an ultraportable to replace my Acer netbook. I originally purchased a netbook because I wanted a cheap computer to take with me when I travel. However, I've found that the Intel Atom powered netbook couldn't handle graphics intensive PowerPoint presentations. Time for an upgrade.
I purchased the R835-P50X from Best Buy (largely based on the Cnet review). The Best Buy package is $750. The same package sells for $889 direct from Toshiba. So it's a nice savings even though you give up the Bluetooth and faster Core i5 processor. But since this is a netbook replacement, the specs are more than adequate. Also, the Best Buy package has very little bloatware compared to most laptops. The only trialware I removed was Office 2010 (I was already a Norton IS subscriber). I removed maybe 3-4 more programs like Chrome (sorry Google). I left the Toshiba software onboard until I have a chance to evaluate it.
My initial impression is that this will be an excellent lightweight computer for light to moderate use and very comfortable to travel with. My PowerPoint presentations are snappy and clear. I also ran a movie from HBO Go on the Best Buy floor model. The video ran smoothly with good picture quality. It's a step up from my previous computers and more than adequate for a travel notebook.
If you're looking for a desktop replacement or portable gaming system, try something else. If you want a lightweight, portable laptop with a rich feature set and excellent battery life, say hello to the R835.
Side note: Best Buy's price reflects a $140 discount to the MSRP for a comparably equipped model. However, their extended warranty programs are very expensive. The 3yr warranty with Accidental Damage Protection was 45% cheaper purchased direct from Toshiba (this included a promotional discount for May 2011). And since Best Buy is a an authorized service center, the Toshiba rep told me that in most cases I could still take my laptop to Best Buy for service (otherwise you have to ship it to the service center).